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Fatal Misperception: How Unsafe Is Chinese Food?

At the Council on Foreign Relations, Yanzhong Huang challenges official claims that China’s food safety problems are overblown, and prescribes a more extensive, stringent and streamlined regime of food inspections. Is...

Tainted Chinese Herbs Are Harming, Not Healing

A Greenpeace investigation of Chinese herbal products (PDF) reveals that high concentrations of pesticides are polluting the environment and making China’s traditional medicine harmful to human health. From Sue-Lin Wong...

China: Electronic Wastebasket of the World?

As the world’s largest producer of electronic products, China also plays a key role in the recycling and disposal of e-waste. From old computer parts to refrigerators, a large share of the world’s old electronics end...

Public Fury as Environment Minister Keeps Job

While China’s new leaders stress their commitment to environmental protection, Zhou Shengxian’s continued position as environment minister has provoked public discontent. Pan Yue, a prominent critic of economic...

Water Shortages: Desalination vs. Conservation

Seawater desalination may offer a promising supplement to diversion of freshwater to China’s dry north-east, especially as severe droughts in the south place the latter’s basic logic in question. Critics argue,...

SOEs, Rule of Law Among Hurdles for Clean Air Push

Beijing’s acting mayor has announced an array of new measures to combat air pollution in the city, following heavy smog that seeped hundreds of points off the scale this month. From Xinhua: The capital will take 180,000...

Ma Jun: “A Huge Step Forward” in Rio?

The final document that emerged from the Rio+20 Earth Summit prompted vocal disappointment from many quarters, with Jonathan Watts going as far as to compare the conference with a 1930s League of Nations assembly. From Watts and...

Wuhan’s Yellow Smoke Shows Public Mistrust

On Monday, Wuhan was covered in a thick yellow fog as levels of 10-micron particulate matter (PM10) climbed to peaks of over .6 milligrams per cubic metre, four times the national daily average. The cause of the extreme...

Pollution In Fashion and Under Rugs

Outsourced pollution is a convenient effect of outsourced manufacturing. A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year found that once it was taken into account, developed countries’ apparent 2%...

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