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Thirty four environmental organizations issue joint letter on heavy metal pollution (Google translation) Led by the Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs and the Beijing-based Friends of Nature, a group of 34 environmental organizations issued a joint letter last week calling on electronics manufacturers to take responsibility for their heavy metal pollution. The companies the letter targeted include electronics giants Canon, Panasonic, Nokia, Sony, and over 30 other leading brands. Heavy metal pollution remains a serious environmental challenge in China with new cases of contamination and poisoning publicized almost weekly. Manufacturing processes used in the electronics industry, particularly for printed … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(1)

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Beijing to introduce new air pollution legislation (Google translation) This week, the Beijing municipal government released an announcement detailing the sixteenth stage of the city’s air pollution control measures. The announcement states that for 2010’s air pollution control measures, Beijing will explore a permitting and emissions trading system and move toward legislation that will create a total emission control system for major air pollutants, two policy measures that have not been mentioned in previous air pollution plans. (Source: Beijing Business News) Anhui Province finds high levels of violations and pollution through surprise inspection program (Google translation) Anhui Provincial officials announced … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(3)

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Nine ministries unite to tackle heavy metal pollution (Google translation) At a April 9 conference on public health and environmental protection, Environment minister Zhou Shengxian stressed that addressing and remediation heavy metal pollution would be the top environmental task of the year. Nine ministries and commissions will focus on heavy metal prevention this year, he announced. Among the policies that have gone into effect already include a telephone hotline for citizens wishing to report heavy metal pollution, which has already collected information on 82 incidents. Zhou also revealed that 32 mass incidents across the country have been linked to heavy … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

NRDC Pushes Responsible Sourcing in China’s Textile Industry

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With the textile industry generating as much as 200 tons of water pollution per ton of fabric manufactured, major textile exports such as China, India, Vietnam, and Bangladesh face a serious environmental challenge as drinking water, public health, and agricultural production are all threatened by the increasing water pollution.
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Deputy Procurator General: Executive power should be subject to the constraints of law (Google translation)
In a March 7 interview with CCTV, Sun Qian, China’s Deputy Procurator General, argued that the close collaboration of local governments with enterprises that violated pollution laws posed a threat to China’s rule of law. The government must ultimately be able to represent the plaintiff and the public interest in such cases, he noted. Sun Qian said that one possible solution would be to establish a robust administrative prosecution system to restore oversight and end illegal collusion. (Source: CCTV)
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Professor: One-fifth of China’s arable land affected by heavy metal pollution (Google

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At a February Sino-French conference on environmental law, Professor Wang Shuyi discussed current government plans to

enact soil pollution laws. The professor also revealed the results of a recent study by the Chinese Academy of Ecological Research. Nearly 20 million hectares of China’s arable land are – about 20% of China’s total – are estimated to be contaminated with heavy metals. (Source: Chengdu Daily)
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Ma Jun: Pollution emissions data should be disclosed at the enterprise level (Google translate)
In a Beijing News editorial, Ma Jun, director of the Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs, examines the results of China’s first national pollution census. The inclusion of new sources of pollution, most notably agricultural waste, in assessing China’s Chemical Oxygen Demand total has resulted in a new estimate significantly higher than previous figures. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Op-ed: Mask-wearing protest in Foshan highlights Chinese civic spirit (Google translation)
An editorial in the Lu Zhong Morning News praises a peaceful protest march held by residents of Foshan in Guangdong Province. 400 residents wore hospital masks and marched silently in the streets in order to attract attention regarding their environmental concern about the construction of new incineration plants in the area. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Baotou City to create green credit program (Google translation)
Preparations for a new green credit program are now underway in Baotou. Currently tested through pilot programs around the country, green credit programs tie eligibility for bank loans with environmental enforcement goals. Enterprises found to be in violation of discharge standards, environmental impact assessment reports, and late in paying fines will not be extended bank credit. (Source: Baotou City Government)
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Revised Shenzhen Environmental Regulations go into effect (Google translation)
The second revision of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone’s environmental regulations went into effect on January 1, drawing praise from a number of Chinese media outlets. The revised regulations promulgate several environmental principles for urban development along with more concrete requirements for information disclosure, environmental impact assessment, and environmental performance accountability. (Source: Shenzhen Evening News)
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