Archive for the ‘China Environmental News Roundup’ Category

2 April 2012

China To Reduce Dioxin Pollution From Pulp And Paper Industry With GEF Grant
Asian Scientist Magazine

China proposes environment protection projects with Japan in E. China Sea
Mainichi Daily News

1 April 2012

Conoco pays Chinese fishermen for oil spill-report

Cnooc, ConocoPhillips Agree On CNY345 Million Compensation For Chinese Fishermen
Fox Business

30 March 2012

Sri Lankan conservationists battle national park highway
The Guardian

US and China Joust for Influence in Myanmar
New York Times

Mainstream Renewable Looks to China as West Lends Less

Two Sides to Labor in China
New York Times

29 March 2012

China to flood nature reserve with latest Yangtze dam

Apple suppliers’ conditions in China still touchy
San Francisco Chronicle

28 March 2012

Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with next Chinese leader
Los Angeles Times

Japan Urges Cooperation, Dialogue With China on Rare Earths

27 March 2012

China Beats US With Power From Coal Processing Trapping Carbon

China’s Surprising US Buying Spree

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25 March 2012

Mike Daisey and Empathy

23 March 2012

China National Nuclear in Talks With Areva to Buy Uranium Stakes

22 March 2012

China’s foreign policy is playing catch-up with its new status
The Guardian

China to Restrict Coal Demand, Output to 3.9 Billion Tons

China may miss new target to cut coal output growth

21 March 2012

Aldonas on US-China Trade Ties, Bo Xilai (Correct)
Washington Post (Video)

EU mulls ‘green lawsuits’ against China

20 March 2012

US govt sets new tariffs on China solar panels
Associated Press

U.S. Sets Duties of as Much as 4.73% on China Solar-Gear Imports

US to impose tariff on Chinese solar panels in victory for domestic makers
The Guardian

19 March 2012

If the Durban Platform Opened a Window, Will India and China Close It?
Huffington Post (blog)

Pollution the big barrier to freer trade in rare earths

Winds of change blow through China as spending on renewable energy soars
The Guardian

18 March 2012

China’s challenges: political change, pollution and protest
The Guardian

Change is coming to China – but will Beijing lead a social revolution?
The Guardian

China angers the world as battle for rare earth metals escalates

Chinese move to their eco-city of the future

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20 February 2012

China’s promise of easier living herds Tibetan nomads into jobless penury
Sydney Morning Herald

EU asks airlines emissions fee opponents for alternatives

19 February 2012

Weatherwatch: Dirty glaciers melt faster than clean glaciers
The Guardian

18 February 2012

Apple Factories in China Open Doors amid Concerns About Worker Conditions

17 February 2012

China Raises Resources Tax on Iron, Tin, Molybdenum Production

Guizhentang, Company Linked To Bear Bile Extraction, Blasted By Chinese Critics
Huffington Post

16 February 2012

China Holds Key to Climate Change
The Diplomat

15 February 2012

Emerging economies slam Canada over Kyoto withdrawal
Montreal Gazette

Worsening air pollution costs China dearly: study

14 February 2012

EU Airline Carbon Tax Hurts Climate Change Fight, Claims China …
The Huffington Post

Why Electric Cars Are More Polluting than Gas Guzzlers — at Least in China

EU airline charge hurts climate fight-China, India

Apple Says Fair Labor Association Began Foxconn Inspection

13 February 2012

Chinese Electric Car Pollution More Harmful to Humans Than Gas Cars
U.S. News & World Report

EU Vows to Keep Airline-Emission Levies as China-India Opposition Mounts

12 February 2012

Aviation industry warns of trade war over EU carbon tax

Chemical Waste Dumping, a Cottage Industry in China
The Epoch Times

11 February 2012

Calgary may have to wait several years for giant pandas
Calgary Herald

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10 February 2012

China’s strategic change on climate has wider aim
The Australian

9 February 2012

High demand for sea turtles in China sends poachers toward Philippines
Public Radio International PRI

Apple Hit With 250000 Signatures Protesting Labor Conditions in China

More enviro-tech sectors added to China’s ‘encouraged’ list
Environmental Finance

Beijing to cut air pollution by 15 percent by 2015

8 February 2012

Mixed messages
National Post

The Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost no ice in past 10 years, study shows
The Guardian

7 February 2012

Reports: China environmental crises, costs rising
Boston.com (AP)

China spends $50 billion a year on renewable energy
The Citizen Daily

China’s Booming Paper Industry Bad for the Environment
The Epoch Times

6 February 2012

China bars its airlines from paying EU carbon tax
Associated Press

China escalates trade war with EU by banning airlines from paying carbon taxes on flights
Daily Mail

EU Rebuffs China’s Challenge to Airline Emission System
New York Times

Pollution takes heavy toll on China

5 February 2012

Malaysia plant threatens China grip on rare earths

4 February 2012

Chinese environment official fired after toxic river spill

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My colleague, Yanmei Lin, has completed the third edition of the Environmental Law Newsletter (环境司法电子通讯第三期草稿). This edition, available only in Chinese, examines civil liability for polluters as it pertains to chromium pollution and does so in the context of the pending case of  Friends of Nature v. Luliang Chemical Company - a potentially groundbreaking case brought in Yunnan Province. Yanmei introduces and compares the Friends of Nature case to a US case from 2003 involving chromium slag, Interfaith Community Org. v. Honeywell International. Updates on China environmental courts and hot topics in China’s environmental law field are also covered. You can download a copy of the newsletter here and the full contents are translated below.

Special Case Study

Analysis of civil liability in chromium residue cases

  • Friends of Nature v. Luliang Chemical Company, Luliang Peace Tech Company, Chromium Slag Pollution
  • Interfaith Community Org. v. Honeywell International
Environmental Court Updates
  • Summary of domestic environmental protection tribunals and organization
  • Summary table of international environmental courts
Hot Topics
  • Review of major events in 2011
  • Top ten US environmental law events of 2011
  • Updated list of public interest environmental cases in China

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3 February 2012

Chinese Lawyer Barred From Meeting With Merkel
ABC News

2 February 2012

China quietly shelves new diesel emission standards
The Guardian

Eight Questions: Tim Wright on China’s Blood-Stained Coal
Wall Street Journal (blog)

Op-Ed: China — an environmental nightmare for the world

Li Keqiang and Green Growth
The Diplomat

1 February 2012

China’s disregard for the environment shows no sign of improving

31 January 2012

China’s largest freshwater lake dries up
The Guardian

China mulls tough emissions rules for cement makers -media

China rare earths safe from WTO ruling on export curbs

China detains seven over river pollution scandal

China hits potholes on road to green autos
Edmonton Journal

China Loses WTO Appeal on Raw-Material Exports
Wall Street Journal

30 January 2012

US, China and the Rest – Is the Global Order Really Changing?
Huffington Post UK

China to pilot emissions trading system
FutureGov Magazine

Cadmium spill threatens water supplies of major Chinese city
The Guardian

China’s Game-Changing Water Policies
Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

Fireworks And Air Pollution Linked In Beijing Lunar New Year Celebration
Huffington Post Canada

27 January 2012

China cadmium spill threatens drinking water for millions

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11 December 2011

UN climate seals landmark deal
The Statesman

China demand drives global mining surge
Sky News Australia

China, India Pledge Pollution Cuts in Climate Pact

China defends 2008 Games’ environmental legacy
New Zealand Herald

10 December 2011

Charting the course

Grenada to get Chinese assistance in Climate change | GOV.gd
Grenada Government Press Release

Marlboro coal firm kindles $350M venture with China
Boston Herald

9 December 2011

FOCUS: China’s coal crush clouds climate change plan
Utility Products (Kyodo News)

Climate Change Trends: Carbon Emissions Giants

Activists criticize Chinese damming projects at UN climate change conference
Bikya Masr

China’s capital plans higher fuel standards next yr

8 December 2011

Reading China’s Climate Change Tea Leaves
Center For American Progress

SCIAF praises First Minister on climate change speech in China
Scottish Catholic Observer

China’s Pollution Data Shrouded in Official Fog
Fox News

Bill Gates Teams With China on New Nuclear Reactor
Voice of America

Chinese Solar Industry Fueled By Unsustainable Debt, Analysts Say
Wall Street Journal (blog)

7 December 2011

At Climate Talks, a Familiar Standoff Emerges Between the US and China
New York Times

In red China, Walmart leading a green revolution
Public Radio International PRI

China’s pollution, a toxic issue
BBC News

Power Plants with Environmental Protection Devices will Benefit from the Denitration Electricity Tariff
Power Engineering Magazine

China: Freedom of information and the environment · Article 19
ARTICLE 19: defending freedom of expression and information

6 December 2011

“Big Three” polluters oppose binding climate deal

Australia, New Zealand Say No Kyoto Without Larger Climate Deal

Anger Grows Over Beijing’s Air Pollution
New York Times

China Considers “Green Tax” For Textile Industry’s Biggest Polluters

5 December 2011

China Climate Plan Makes ‘Excited Buzz’ at Durban as U.S. Lags: UN Envoy

UN climate talks look to China for deal options
BBC News

Authorities cancel flights as haze shrouds Beijing

Will Coke get blamed for endangering Chinese consumers?
MSN Money

Rice as a source of arsenic exposure

4 December 2011

China pushes for post 2020 legally-binding climate deal
The Australian

China ‘Deeply Concerned’ US Solar Ruling Underscores ‘Inclination To Trade Protectionism’
Huffington Post

China’s consumers emit more than US for the first time
New Scientist

Bamboo Charcoal: A Green Biofuel For Africa?
Asian Scientist Magazine

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Shaanxi bans disposable chopsticks

China Daily
The regulation prohibits the use of disposable wooden chopsticks on the grounds that making them wastes forest resources. Food and beverage businesses will not be allowed to provide the utensils to customers from Dec 1 onward.

Power prices get a hike, while thermal coal prices get capped 

Bloomberg – China, the world’s biggest energy user, increased electricity prices for the first time in six months and said it will cap the cost of power-station coal in an attempt to reduce outages in coming months.

James A. Baker Institute: The Rise of China and Its Energy Implications

Scholars at the James A. Baker Institute at Rice University just recently released a compilation of studies on the energy implications of China’s rise. While these issues have gotten a lot of attention already the deserve even more. A noteworthy study in the collection is the implications for global oil supply and prices in light of increased demand for cars in China. All the studies can be found the Institute’s website.

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30 October 2011

BASIC countries to frame common position on Kyoto protocol
The Hindu


29 October 2011

China’s environment: Taxing times ahead | The Economist


28 October 2011

Media release: Air China Completes First Sustainable Biofuel Flight Using Pratt & Whitney PW4000 94-inch Engines Pratt & Whitney

China key suspect in US satellite hacks: commission

Solar Panel Makers Cry Foul
Chemical & Engineering News


27 October 2011

What Happens When China’s Bubble Bursts
The Fiscal Times

Asean, China to forge environmental protection partnerships


26 October 2011

China environment minister says nuclear safety risks climbing

In Northwest Town, A Local Fight Against Global Coal

China Starts National Food Safety Checks on Dairy, Cooking Oil
Bloomberg BusinessWeek


25 October 2011

Water use rising faster than world population

Apple Supplier Facing Pollution Problems in China
NBC Bay Area (blog)

China’s one-child policy means benefits for parents – if they follow the rules
The Guardian

China ‘won’t follow US’ on carbon
BBC News


24 October 2011

US Solar Manufacturers Respond to China’s Reaction to Trade Complaint
SustainableBusiness.com News

China Fires Back Over SolarWorld Issue

After Quick Growth, and Pollution, China Retools
New York Times (blog)

China has undermined its moral system: Barme
ABC Online


23 October 2011

From grime to green: Chinese city transforms » peoplesworld

UN close to ban on West’s toxic waste exports
The Independent

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Several recent news items raise major questions about the future of trade and clean energy cooperation between the US and China, and inevitably the world.

First, the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), established in 2009 during Obama’s visit to China, continues to put some meat on its bones with at least some ostensible agreement on how to handle intellectual property that comes from the $150 million joint project.

US Gov – The agreement protects American and Chinese researchers, scientists and engineers by ensuring their intellectual property rights to the technology they create. It also defines how intellectual property may be shared or licensed in each country. Participating members in each project may gain compensation on favorable terms, depending on their level of involvement in the final product.

“This innovative and enhanced framework for protecting intellectual property is an important step for the Clean Energy Research Center and collaborative research,” Chu said. “With both the U.S. and Chinese governments supporting these agreements, we are freeing our researchers to offer their best ideas and encouraging innovative thinking.”

It is still early in the cooperation, but considering the heretofore difficulties that the US and China have had regarding IP issues, this small bit of an agreement may be at least one small step forward.

The second news item goes directly to IP issues again and the tendency of foreign corporations that target China’s markets to sell China the rope that China will eventually use to hang them with – and that is the tone of this WSJ article entitled: Good for GE, but Is It Good for the US?, which examines GE’s latest joint-venture with China’s AVIC (aviation corp) and how the deal might threaten US leadership in avionics.

WSJ- China watchers are anxious about this venture. Avionics— the “brains” guiding navigation, communications and other operations on an airplane—are at the pinnacle of American know-how, where the U.S. is still highly competitive. It’s also technology the Chinese military covets. GE says it has built protections into the venture, but the debate can get heated.

“To suggest that there are going to be firewalls that will stop this technology from going to the Chinese military is approaching laughable,” says Rep. Randy Forbes (R., Va.), who sits on the House Armed Services Committee. “The fact that GE would say that is shocking.”

You could substitute many industrial companies for GE in this equation, because over the last 30 years most have struck their own difficult bargains with China’s many state-owned companies. China is the world’s fastest-growing major market, and in return for access the country frequently demands technology or other know-how. China then absorbs that technology and uses it to battle global competitors, selling products that are often heavily subsidized by China.

That has happened in a range of industries, including autos, electronics and energy. Siemens now competes internationally against Chinese high-speed rail companies that sell products partly based on technology gleaned from an earlier joint venture with the German firm.

Finally, we are left with an article that alleges that the US may soon file a WTO complaint against China’s “unfair” subsidies to solar panel manufacturers.

Bloomberg - Solar manufacturers including a unit of SolarWorld AG (SWV) are preparing a U.S. trade complaint against China, as they seek to counter low-cost, subsidized imports, according to people familiar with the matter.

The case, which would be filed at the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, would be one of the largest targeting China, with political implications as both nations race to develop clean- energy technologies.

The companies say that China’s subsidies to solar companies violate global trade rules and provide those manufacturers with an unfair advantage, according to the people, who spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity because no complaint has yet been filed. …

The volume of imports from China sped up as prices fell. China sent more solar panels to the U.S. in July of this year than in all of 2010, according to U.S. Department of Commerce data supplied by SolarWorld.

All of this begs the question of how global governance and state governments should balance IP and domestic economic concerns, with the promotion of affordable clean energy technologies? Unpacking all of this is more than I can do on a Friday afternoon, but it should make for good discussion at any weekend get together.

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