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NRDC China Summer Legal Interns – Beijing Office

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the world’s most effective environmental organizations, is seeking 1-2 China Summer Legal Interns to work in its Beijing office. NRDC hires passionate students who possess the intelligence, skill, self-confidence, and maturity to take on significant responsibility. In exchange for their hard work, our interns will have an opportunity to play an active role on the frontlines of the environmental movement in China.

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Happy Holidays from NRDC!

The staff of NRDC China would like to wish all of our Greenlaw readers a very pleasant holiday season. Happy Holidays!

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Asia Society panel on US-China climate, Obama & Copenhagen (VIDEO)

The video of our recent Monday morning panel at the Asia Society in NY is available online. Professor Jerome Cohen presided over the event. NRDC China Program Director Barbara Finamore discussed China’s progress on climate and the opportunities for international collaboration. Orville Schell talked about the US-China dynamic and the recent Asia Society-Center for American Progress-Monitor Group report on carbon capture and sequestration. I talked about the thorny question of how China will implement and meet its energy and carbon targets on the ground.
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Chinese Premier to Attend Copenhagen Talks and China Announces Carbon Intensity Target

The announcements are coming fast and furious now as we approach Copenhagen. China announced that Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the Copenhagen climate summit and will set a carbon intensity reduction target of 40 to 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. This is good news, as was President Obama’s announcement earlier in the week. Both nations can and should do more, though these are very positive opening bids.
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President Obama to Attend International Climate Conference in Copenhagen

We have put out the following release in response to President Obama’s announcement that he would attend the Copenhagen climate talks. This is good news. The White House also announced that a number of senior Cabinet and Administration officials, including Steven Chu, Lisa Jackson, Ken Salazar, Gary Locke, Tom Vilsack, Carol Browner and Nancy Sutley, will attend.
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NRDC Fact Sheet: Cutting Through the Fog with China’s First Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI)

We have a new fact sheet out on transparency and climate change in China. You can download it here from the NRDC website.

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Developing a coordinated international effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions requires, among other things, that countries have confidence in each others’ capacity to monitor and mitigate their GHG emissions. Reliable emissions data in turn relies on the existence of governance systems that make energy and environmental information transparent and publicly available. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Draft Tort Law now available for public comment

The 11th meeting of the 11th National People’s Congress Standing Committee has finished the third review of the draft Tort Law. The full text of the draft law has been put on the official website of NPC for public comment. Members of the public are welcome to submit their comments by logging on to or by sending the comments in hardcopy to the following address:

Law Office of National People’s Congress Standing Committee, No. 23 Xijiao minxiang, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100805.
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Supreme People's Court opens up OGI Judicial Interpretation Guidelines for Public Comments

The Supreme People’s Court has made available online a draft of its open government information judicial interpretation guidelines here. The Supreme People’s Court is accepting comments from members of the public until November 30, 2009 via the form at the bottom of the page. If you have comments or thoughts on the draft provisions, please take advantage of this opportunity to let the Chinese government know.

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China, Law, and Copenhagen: Asia Society, CFR and NRDC Discuss

NRDC China Program Director Barbara Finamore and I will be speaking at the Asia Society in New York City on Monday morning at 8am, along with Jerome Cohen and Orville Schell.  Hope to see you there.  You can register here. US President Barack Obama (L) speaks with Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) during a group photo at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh on September 25, 2009. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) When President Barack Obama first sets foot in China as American President on November 15, only three weeks will remain before the start of negotiations in Copenhagen. President Obama’s first meetings … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(2)

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NRDC to co-sponsor environmental forum, Oct 31-Nov 1

We are co-sponsoring a major Chinese environmental group event at the end of October. The fourth annual “China Environmental Protection Sustainable Development Conference,” hosted by the All-China Environmental Federation, will take place in Beijing from October 31 to November 1, 2009. In order to implement the goals of scientific development and constructing an ecological civilization, tThe conference’s central theme is about rallying the power of the Chinese people for “Promoting the Construction of an Ecological Civilization and Environmentally-friendly Model Society.” Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(1)

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