Guangzhou’s environment protection bureau’s “beautiful misunderstanding”
This article analyzes the controversy on “information disclosure regulations” that has arised between an environmental activist and the Guangdong environmental protection bureau.
Why Shifang is Still In Pain
The author investigates persistent problems in Shifang, Sichuan, over two years after a proposed molybdenum and copper project led to protests
The Hebei governor calls on 13 cities to uphold “APEC Blue”
The article describes the measures laid out in Hebei province to preserve the air quality during the APEC summit
The author explains that to ensure good air quality for the APEC summit this month, the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei air pollution cooperation group decided on emergency emission reduction measures which reach even Shandong province
New Environmental Protection Targets for 365 lakes
The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Finance (MF) have announced a new plan to improve water quality in China’s lakes.
Survey finds over half of Beijingers are in favour of environmental tax
A survey carried out by Beijing’s Environmental Education Center has found that air pollution levels remain the most pertinent environmental issue for Beijingers (90.2%), ahead of overall city cleanliness (88.3%) and water quality (84.7%).
China’s Supreme People’s Court rolls out measures to strengthen environmental trial process
A specialised environment court was set up on July 3 to further this aim, with serving judges being reshuffled to its top positions at the end of June to prepare for its inauguration.
NGOs cast doubts on CNPC Shenzhen land-reclamation project Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report
Oil giant China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has announced plans to reclaim close to 40 hectares of land in Dapeng Bay in Shenzhen for an LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) project. Land reclamation would change the quality of the seawater and affect the ecological environment for fishing.
NGO lawsuit against Hangzhou Environmental Protection Bureau about information disclosure fails again
For the second time, Beijing environmental organization, Yuantou Aihaozhe Environmental Institute has lost a lawsuit against the Hangzhou Environmental Protection Bureau for not disclosing information on local waste incineration plants.
The NPC Law Committee presents the features of the new Environmental Protection Law concerning public interest lawsuits
Yuan Jiechen, director of the NPC Law Committee, explains the features of the new law, in particular the reasons why four reviews were necessary before the final approval.
A Review of Civic Environmentalism in China in 2012
Feng Yongfeng, founder of the Green Beagle Environment Institute (达尔问自然求知社) and Nature University (自然大学), reviews the ups and downs in civic environmentalism in 2012.
Alliance of environmental NGO research organizations publish second Blue Sky Roadmap report
The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, in conjunction with other organizations publically released their second ‘Blue Sky Roadmap’ air pollution report.
Who has the right to launch a public interest lawsuit?
At the end of October, China’s ‘Environmental Protection Law’ was again discussed in the NPC Standing Committee’s third investigation. The discussion touched upon the requirements for public interest lawsuits, and meant that once again society focused on the issues surrounding legal action.
Environmental Advocacy Through Institutionalized Interaction with the Government
This is the second installment of a case study examining a Chongqing environmental NGO that uses a novel and effective way to supervise local government agencies and companies.