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Recent Environmental Law and Public Participation News

Professor: One-fifth of China’s arable land affected by heavy metal pollution (Google

translation)
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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Guiyang promotes eco-civilization

guiyang3On January 8, 2010, the Standing Committee of the Guizhou Provincial People’s Congress approved a local legislation called “Guiyang City Promoting Eco-civilization Regulation” (《贵阳市促进生态文明建设条例》). This regulation was first passed by Guiyang City People’s Congress in October of 2009, and it contains provisions on environmental public interest litigation and other important environmental protection measures. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Recent Environmental Law and Public Participation News


What happened to our water? (Google translation)
In the wake of numerous reports concerning heavy metal contamination in water poisoning Chinese children, Science News magazine takes a comprehensive look at the state of China’s water. While water quality monitoring has improved over the years, improving water quality remains a serious challenge to environmental officials. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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MEP releases nationwide statistics for COD and SO2 for first half of 2009 showing downward trend (Google translation)
The latest figures for Chemical Oxygen Demand and sulfur dioxide emissions for all of China’s provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions were releases by MEP in time for the 60th anniversary. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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The Real Significance of China’s First Environmental Group-Led Lawsuit Against the Government

Last week, Henry Sanderson of Associated Press wrote a nice (and accurate) article about the first environmental lawsuit by an environmental group against the government to be accepted in China.  But somewhere along the way a copy editor (or whoever is responsible for these sorts of things) appended a dramatic headline that also turns out to be just plain wrong.  Google “environmental lawsuit against government China” and you’ll find that dozens of media outlets picked up the AP story with the headline: “China Accepts First Environmental Lawsuit Against the Government” (or similar) This, to be clear, is not accurate.  Chinese … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Environmental information disclosure should focus on “convenience” principle (Google translation)
This South China Daily editorial highlights some of the most recent developments in environmental information disclosure. The government’s disclosure of information is ultimately helpful to the public interest, the newspaper argues. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Yunnan Province Announces Plan to Expand Environmental Protection Courts and Guide Public Interest Litigation


Three early adopters of environmental protection courts – Guizhou, Jiangsu, and Yunnan Provinces – have carried out pilot programs, each utilizing environmental protection courts with different characteristics. Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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The Kunming Environmental Protection Court: How Significant is its First Case?

After the dramatic contamination of Yangzonghai Lake in 2008, the Kunming Intermediate Court found itself under intense scrutiny from the media and Yunnan residents. Perhaps in response to this, on December 11, 2008, the city officially established the Kunming Environmental Protection Court, following in the footsteps of the Guiyang and Wuxi environmental courts. In order to clearly define the Environmental Protection Court’s objectives and procedures, the Kunming Intermediate Court, the Kunming Procuratorate, the Kunming Public Security Bureau, and Kunming Environmental Protection Bureau jointly released the “Implementing Opinions on Establishing an Environmental Protection Law Enforcement Coordination Mechanism.” According to the “Implementing … Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(2)

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