Friends of Nature

PX Protests, Hollow Victories and Forced Demolitions

Last weekend, following an increasingly familiar pattern, protests in the coastal city of Ningbo won the promised suspension of a controversial paraxylene (PX) plant. At China Media Project, David Bandurski discussed the role of...

Concerns Grow Over Environmental Costs Of Apple Products

Tongxin, near Shanghai, is the site of a factory run by Apple supplier Kaedar. Marketplace’s Rob Schmitz found the villagers initially eager to talk about pollution from the plant, but this changed after local authorities...

Apple Auditing Supply Plants for Pollution

Apple has admitted to pollution from more than half a dozen links in its Chinese supply chain during promised meetings with the organisations behind a damning report into the company’s environmental impact. From Caixin...

Beijing’s Ski Slopes as Thirsty as 8,300 Households

Beijing badly lacks water, but much of the available supply is slurped up by luxury apartments and bottling plants. Friends of Nature researchers have recently drawn attention to the additional drain of the million tons a year...

Li Keqiang Sets Out Energy and Sustainability Priorities

Newly published comments made by Vice Premier Li Keqiang last December outline China’s energy policy priorities, and appear to confirm the introduction of new pollution taxes as part of the country’s 12th Five Year...

Pioneer of China Environmental NGOs Dies

Liang Congjie, founder of Friends of Nature, China’s first environmental NGO, and grandson of Qing Dynasty reformer Liang Qichao, has died at the age of 78. From Reuters: Liang, a senior member of the Chinese...



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