Keyword: Environment

Public meeting marks International Snow Leopard Day in Beijing

Public meeting marks International Snow Leopard Day in Beijing

An organization known as the “Snow Leopard Guardians” organized a public meeting in Beijing’s 798 Art District to mark International Snow Leopard Day on October 23rd. Experts on snow leopard research and protection, staff from foundations and social organizations and even a few artists working on installations related to the snow leopard attended and discussed creative ways to protect snow leopards from extinction. The activity helped the audience learn more about the snow leopard and become more aware of the significance of environmental conservation. A charity bazaar was also held at the scene, in which a great number of works of art, books and paintings of snow leopards were on …read more

Alibaba Group: China’s online green consumers reach 65 million

Alibaba Group: China’s online green consumers reach 65 million

On August 3rd, the Ali Research and Alibaba Foundation unveiled a Report on China’s Green Consumers in 2016. According to the report, the Internet has become the paramount arena for green consumption. By the end of 2015, the number of green consumers online had reached 65 million, increasing by 14 times over the previous four years. Consequently, the Alibaba retail platforms achieved 30 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions reduction during 2015. The report defines ‘Green Consumers’ as those who are mindful of the ecosystem and the environment and are willing and capable of purchasing green products. As China’s first big data analysis on the subject, the report draws on the …read more

Chinese Civil Society: A Half Year Summary

Chinese Civil Society: A Half Year Summary

Five topics that provide a quick grasp of the crucial developments in philanthropic legislation and legal practice in China during the first half of 2016.

Milestone for public interest lawsuits as Chinese company fined for causing air pollution

On July 20, the Intermediate People’s Court in the city of Dezhou, Shandong Province, ordered the Jinghua Group Zhenhua Decoration Glass Limited Company to pay nearly 3.3 million dollars for its excessive emission of pollutants. More than a hundred tonnes of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and smoke dust were emitted, exceeding the maximum stipulated by regulations. The All-China Environmental Federation (ACEF), which brought up the lawsuit in March 2015, based the potential amount of damages on the offending company’s operating costs, with the hope that the case can provide a route to successful public interest litigation in the future. Ma Yong, the former deputy head of ACEF’s Environmental Legal Services …read more

Amendment passed to China’s Environmental Impact Assessment Law

An amendment to China’s Environmental Impact Assessment Law was passed in the beginning of July. The law originally went into effect in 2003, aiming to mitigate the damage that construction projects cause the environment and promote the coordinated development of the economy, society and nature. Although it has played a positive role in the prevention of pollution and ecological damage, some loopholes in the legislation have also made themselves evident over the 13 years it has been in place, and calls for a revision were longstanding. The amendment includes a couple of salient points. First of all, the administrative requirements for EIAs have been weakened. Before it was amended, the …read more

China's first dark-sky preservations to safeguard starry skies

China’s first dark-sky preservations to safeguard starry skies

According to statistics, light pollution has deprived two thirds of world’s city dwellers of the chance to see the constellations and the Milky Way. Excessive artificial lighting also affects the physical and psychological health of human and animals alike, and disturbs ecosystems. In response to these emerging issues, the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) has given birth to a pilot project to build China’s first dark-sky preservations in Tibet. The plan is to build two Dark-sky parks in two locations within the Tibetan plateau, called Ngari and Nagqu, in order to preserve the view of the night sky and conduct astronomical research, as well as educate visitors …read more

New directory of marine conservation organizations to be published

The Chinese Marine Conservation Organizations Directory (2015 version), updated and organized by Rendu Marine, will be published this month. The 2015 directory includes 176 marine conservation organizations, 65 more than the previous year’s one. This year’s directory gives a more specific classification of marine conservation organizations, including 34 domestic marine conservation organizations, 18 domestic marine conservation student societies, 7 domestic marine-related conservation foundations, 13 international marine-related conservation social organizations, 54 domestic marine-related conservation social organizations, 14 domestic marine-related conservation students societies, 4 domestic supporting social organizations, 30 domestic supporting institutions, and 2 international marine conservation organizations. It should also be noted that out of 75 organizations for which related information …read more

Activities held to celebrate World Oceans Day in China

Activities held to celebrate World Oceans Day in China

World Oceans Day, celebrated every 8th of June, is an event officially recognised by the United Nations. It is an observation held annually in honour of the world’s oceans, celebrating the products that the ocean provides such as seafood and marine life itself, and providing a time to appreciate its intrinsic value. In China, the State Oceanic Administration is in charge of this occurrence and holds activities every year. This year, the theme is “caring about the ocean’s health, protecting the blue star”. The main venue of this year’s activities was Beihai, in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The theme activities consisted of the Opening Ceremony, the Award Ceremony for …read more

60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves highlighted in Beijing

60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves highlighted in Beijing

May 22 marks both International Day for Biological Diversity and the 60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves in China. These two occasions were highlighted by a conference held in Beijing by seven government departments, including China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP). 600 representatives from the state and local governments participated in the conference. A document released by the MEP during the conference shows that there are currently 2740 nature reserves in China, covering 1,470,000 square kilometers. They occupy 14.83% of China’s total land area, which is higher than the world average. Over 90% of the different kinds of land ecosystem in the country, 89% of endangered species of …read more

Local action on International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity, whose aim is to promote biodiversity around the world. The 2016 theme is “2016 Theme: Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods”. In order to further advance the protection of China’s biological diversity, especially in the South China Sea, the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF 中国生物多样性保护与绿色发展基金会) will launch a theme forum entitled “Focus on Biodiversity Protection in the South China Sea” to mark the occasion. The activity is geared to appeal to all sectors of society and encourage them to value the biodiversity of marine organisms and the protection of China’s marine ecosystem. As a civil environmental protection organization, …read more

“Free the Smiling Angels

“Free the Smiling Angels” Project to protect finless porpoises

The start of the “Free the Smiling Angels” Project was officially announced yesterday by the Tianjin Fishery Administration Office in Tianjin’s Haichang Polar Ocean Park. On the same day two adorable wild finless porpoises called Yangyang and Xiaohua were successfully released into their home, the Yellow Sea. Finless porpoises are a kind of aquatic mammal closely related to dolphins. They are known for the wide smiles which they appear to maintain all the time. As Liu Qing, head of the local Institute of Zoology, explained: “finless porpoises are very lovely and like to be intimate with human beings. I feel very happy to see them gradually recover. I hope that more …read more

New Season of “ Nature is Speaking” launched in Chinese

New Season of “ Nature is Speaking” launched in Chinese

From April 20th until the end of June, the Conservation International Foundation (CI) will be releasing five new episodes of “Nature is Speaking” in Chinese. In an effort to invite the human race to listen to nature, the second season in Chinese will feature the themes of ice, homes, the coral reef, the sky and the mountains. Renowned Chinese actors and actresses Tony Leung, Chiu Wai, Sylvia Chang, Donnie Yen, Joan Chen and Feng Xiaogang have lent their voices to these natural elements as part of this campaign for the protection of the ecosystem. All the episodes will debut in the Parkview Green Mall in the city center of Beijing. Instead …read more

China's five-year plan for Environmental Advocacy and Education released

China’s five-year plan for Environmental Advocacy and Education released

The “National Environmental Advocacy and Education Work Outline 2016-2020” (《全国环境宣传教育工作纲要(2016-2020年)》 was recently released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China, the Civilization Office of the Central Communist Party Committee, the Ministry of Education, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League and the All China Women’s Federation. The Outline will be the base for the relevant governmental departments and social organizations to conduct advocacy and education related to environmental protection during the 13th five-year plan. The document is significant for raising public awareness of the environment and solidifying the concept of green development, and it is supposed to serve as an engine for …read more

Chinese Supreme Court releases ten environmental protection cases

A news briefing was held by the Supreme Court of People’s Republic of China on March 31st, releasing the second set of the ten administrative cases relating to environmental protection.

World Meteorology Day: “hotter, drier, wetter. Face the future.”

The 23h of March is the World Meteorological Day. This year’s theme is “hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future”.

“Water, Ecology and Life” Forum kicks off in Beijing on World Water Day 2016

The opening ceremony of the forum: “water ecological life”(“纯净水生态 共筑水安全”高峰论坛) was launched in Beijing on 21st of March, on commemoration of the World Water Day.

Xinhua News: China’s seven-year plastic bag ban has saved 8.4 million tons of oil

China’s plastic bag ban launched in 2008 has successfully cut 1.4 million tons of plastic bag production, which equals to saving 8.4 million tons of oil

WWF announces plans for Earth Hour 2016 in Beijing

WWF have announced the differences and activities of Earth Hour 2016 on a press conference in Beijing.