13:11 30.11.2018

China pollution cover-ups ‘extremely stupid’: environment ministry

China’s environment ministry said on Friday that the attempts by Chinese companies and local governments to conceal pollution violations will not succeed. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment is cracking down on companies and local jurisdictions over the last month on this topic; this month, one firm misreported the spilling of near 70 tonnes of petrochemicals into the sea.
Source: Reuters
12:53 30.11.2018

China’s coal project in Serbia raises climate change worries

Article focuses on China as the world’s largest investors in overseas coal plants. It highlights the fact that despite Beijing’s guidelines on environmentally friendly practices on its foreign investments, there is a worry that these guidelines are not binding or standardised in a way that prevents the rapid increase of pollution in less economically developed countries such as Serbia.
Source: The Washington Post
12:26 29.11.2018

China urged to lead way in efforts to save life on Earth

Following the UN’s biodiversity conference, delegates said that China needs to play a leading role in halting the collapse of life on Earth ahead of the next high-level negotiations which are scheduled to begin in 2020, hosted by China. China should champion the cause of nature and preserving species in the same way it contributed to preventing climate change in the run up to the Paris accord in 2016.
Source: The Guardian
13:09 28.11.2018

Daimler to start making electric cars in China in 2019

Daimler will start making electric cars next year in an attempt to meet the country’s anti-pollution quota for car makers. Such moves have made car companies confident about fulfilling the NEV quotas and production will start at the end of next year. Sales of Mercedes-Benz cars are expected to grow next year, giving the continued demand for premium cars.
Source: Reuters
13:05 28.11.2018

China lambasts NE city for turning blind eye to oil pollution

China’s environment ministry is cracking down on pollution from small scale oil refining further pushing the country’s struggle to tackle the country’s environment despite tightening rules. It was revealed last week that over 3,500people had been prosecuted for pollution related crimes in the first half of 2018 which is nearly 40% from this time last year.
Source: Reuters
13:25 27.11.2018

Global warning as emissions hit new high in new UN report

Emissions have increased by 1.3% to 53.5 billion tonnes last year because of global economic growth and the lack of efforts to improve energy efficiency, according to a report by UN Environment. If the world continues at this rate, such emissions would trigger catastrophic climate change, causing sea levels to rise by a metre.
Source: The Times
13:09 27.11.2018

Pollution: The greatest threat to human health

75 percent of the world's population lives in areas where particulate pollution exceeds WHO guidelines. Loss of life expectancy is the highest in Asia, exceeding 6 years in many parts of India and China. India and China account for 73 percent of all years of life lost due to particulate pollution.
Source: CNBC
13:18 26.11.2018

Beijing Suffers Bad Air as China Prioritizes Growth

On Monday 26th November, China’s air quality was the worst it had been in 18 months. The economic slowdown is to blame as the authorities are under pressure to relieve businesses of curbs in order to relieve economic pressures. This has resulted in increased pollution in an attempt to keep factories in business.
Source: Bloomberg
12:45 26.11.2018

Smog war casualty

The city, Jincheng is a prime example of a Chinese city which is trying to rein in pollution without being detrimental on the economy. Across the north of China, the country is constantly trying to strike a balance between the environmental damage and breakneck growth, by keeping the heavy industrial economies afloat. Still dominated by coal, this city was the worst performer among 28 cities in the north of the country.
Source: Reuters