Keyword: Environment

Beijing Organic Farmers Market

Beijing Organic Farmers Market

This article describes the origin and development of the Beijing Organic Farmers Market, a pioneering non-profit project aiming at providing organic farmers with direct access to Beijing’s urban market.

APEC Blue

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%).

Chinese companies counterfeit environmental protection data

In order to receive subsidies for high standards of environmental protective measures, Chinese companies have been falsifying their data.

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

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.

Beijing University Civil Society Center’s “Ten Major Events in China’s Social Sector for 2013”

Beijing University Civil Society Center’s “Ten Major Events in China’s Social Sector for 2013”

On January 15, 2014, the Beijing University Center for Civil Society Studies announced the 10 top events of 2013 selected by a group of experts.

Lin Lusheng: Let Education and Our Minds Return to a Natural State

Lin Lusheng: Let Education and Our Minds Return to a Natural State

CDB Associate Editor Guo Ting profiles Lin Lusheng, who has established progressive educational organizations and was selected by the Narada Foundation to be a Gingko Partner.

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

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.

The Chongqing Two Rivers Center: An Environmental Watchdog

The Chongqing Two Rivers Center: An Environmental Watchdog

Fu Tao, CDB’s Senior Researcher, reports on a relatively new environmental NGO in Chongqing that has established a regular pattern of interaction with the local Environment Protection Bureau.

Ngocn.net – Fang Xuanchang: Viewing environmental NGOs from three angles

Fang Xuanchang: Viewing environmental NGOs from three angles 方玄昌:从三个角度看环保NGO Ngocn.net, November 6, 2013 My speech today is mainly directed at people in the media, at people in the same profession as myself. However I hope that online users can also get hold of it as well. There is much information and news in my speech that I would guess that online users have themselves experienced, but have perhaps not drawn the same conclusions as myself. My conclusions are directed towards environmental NGOs, with the Greenpeace organisation acting as a benchmark or typical case for me to discuss the issues that I talk about. The professional angle: from un-rigorous to anti-scientific …read more

View from the Media: Controversy over the Environmental Public Interest Lawsuit

View from the Media: Controversy over the Environmental Public Interest Lawsuit

Environmental NGOs and scholars are upset over a possible revision to the Environmental Protection Law that would permit only one GONGO (government-organized NGO) to file environmental public interest lawsuits, preventing NGOs from serving as primary plaintiffs.