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Anatomy of Two Protests: Kunming vs. Chengdu

East by Southeast, a new group blog on “China’s footprint in Southeast Asia and […] the big questions surrounding China’s global rise”, has posted a detailed account of Saturday’s peaceful PX protests in...

China’s Massive Water Problem

This week saw the release of China’s first national water report, covering “river conditions, water conservancy projects, water consumption, river development and management, and water and soil conservation in...

Renewed Damming in China Sparks Concern Downstream

“Shocking” news emerged last month of Chinese plans to resume hydropower exploitation of the Nu (Salween), Lancang (Mekong) and Jinsha rivers. At The Hindu, Ananth Krishnan reported that three new dams have also been...

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...

China’s “Great Global Thinkers” for 2012

As the season of lists gets underway, Foreign Policy has released its ranking of the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012. Fresh from his coronation as GQ magazine’s Rebel of the Year, and leading the Chinese contingent at...

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...

Video: A Story of Invisible Water

A 16-minute documentary by Lynn Zhang and Shirley Han Ying kicks off an Asia Society China Green series on China’s South-to-North Water Diversion project. The filmmakers follow a group of farmers who have spent many years...

Ma Jun: The Most Creative Person in Business

Fast Company Magazine recently named Chinese environmental activist Ma Jun to the #1 spot on their list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. Christina Larson profiles him for the magazine: An environmental researcher by...

China Pollution, Dam Activists Win Goldman Prize

Chinese environmental activist Ma Jun and Ikal Angelei, a Kenyan campaigner against a China-backed dam in Ethiopia, are among the recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize. From the Goldman Prize’s...

Googling Pollution Hotspots & the Lost Great Wall

At Smart Planet, Tom Hancock reports on the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs’ use of Google Maps to catalogue pollution cases: A crowd of blue markers covering the map show the location of each firm, and the...

Apple Releases 2012 Supplier Responsibility Report

Apple has released its latest Supplier Responsibility report, which shows an 80% drop in underage labour and signs of a new and long-awaited transparency. The company also published a nearly comprehensive list of suppliers for...

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...

"Apple Has Made No Progress at All" on Environment

In January, a group of Chinese environmental NGOs including Friends of Nature and IPE ranked Apple last out of 29 tech companies in terms of environmental transparency. While the company’s own audits have revealed a number...

US Oil Giant Says China Spill Worse Than Thought

An oil spill which was kept secret for a month while it spread over an area half the size of London may have been larger than anticipated, according to rig operators. From the AFP: “During our cleanup operations in Bohai...

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