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Hong Kong Once Again Leading the Way in the Fight to Control Shipping Emissions

Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing. Coauthored by Freda Fung and Winslow RobertsonContribution of marine emissions to the total emission profile of Hong Kong, 2012 data/The Prevention and Control of Shipping and Port Air...

Posted March 24, 2015    

China's Coal Use and Estimated CO2 Emissions Fell in 2014

[Backyard in Datong with coal/Peter Van den Bossche]Good news! China's coal consumption fell by 2.9 percent in 2014, the first drop in 14 years, according to official Chinese energy statistics released yesterday. Glen Peters of the Global Carbon...

Posted March 2, 2015    

United States to Provide Air Quality Data Overseas

Secretary Kerry and EPA Administrator McCarthy Sign Agreement to Launch Innovative International Air Quality Program [State Department photo/ Public Domain]Recently, the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new...

Posted February 28, 2015    

SOTU and the U.S.-China Climate Change Agreement

On Tuesday, January 20, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union 2015 address. We at NRDC were excited to see President Obama focus so much attention on climate change in his speech, which the White House made available via Medium. "...

Posted January 31, 2015    

How China's Top Court is Encouraging More Lawsuits Against Polluters

As China's toxic air pollution once again surges off the charts, affecting every aspect of people's daily lives [see this moving video just released by Greenpeace], China's highest court is taking action. On January 6th, the Supreme People's Court (...

Posted January 28, 2015    

Air Pollution in China: The Kids Aren't Alright

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Posted April 6, 2013    

Step Forward for Environmental Transparency in China

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a gathering in China before.  Nearly one hundred people - including city, provincial and central government officials, business leaders and NGO representatives - met in Beijing to discuss their efforts to...

Posted April 1, 2013    

Will China's New Leaders Clean Up the Environment?

I was trying to clean the coal dust from the windows of my dingy Beijing apartment one day in March 1992 when the phone rang with astonishing news. Nearly one-third of the delegates to the National People’s Congress had just abstained or voted...

Posted March 26, 2013    

Hong Kong Air Pollution: Restoring the Fragrant Harbour

Hazardous air pollution not only continues to plague much of China, but is now also stifling Hong Kong, the vibrant city whose Chinese name means “Fragrant Harbour.” Here is the view of Hong Kong that greeted me this weekend. It’s almost as if...

Posted March 18, 2013    

Advocate Could Become China's Minister of Environmental Protection

Leaders of the Chinese government gathered in Beijing yesterday for the National People’s Congress, an annual meeting in which the top legislative body discusses and votes on major issues and legislation. During this year’s NPC, several new members...

Posted March 7, 2013    

Strengthening Beijing Air Pollution Control and Regulations

Beijing residents continue to struggle with choking levels of hazardous air pollution, compounded by a sandstorm, causing the government to urge people to stay indoors and take steps to protect themselves.  A new study published on Wednesday...

Posted March 4, 2013    

Air Pollution Crisis: New Momentum for Regulation in China

The recent spate of severe air pollution in China has shone a spotlight on the need for strong environmental regulation in China and prompted the government to move forward with a number of new environmental policies and laws – some of which have...

Posted February 24, 2013