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30 years of industrialization in China has destroyed at least 80% of coral reefs

By Agence France-Presse China’s economic boom has seen its coral reefs shrink by at least 80 percent over the past 30 years, according to a joint Australian study, with researchers describing “grim” levels of damage and loss. Scientists from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the South China Sea … Continue reading 30 years of industrialization in China has destroyed at least 80% of coral reefs

China funding construction of 308 dams in 70 countries

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay A new report by the NGO, International Rivers, takes an in-depth look at the role China is playing in building mega-dams worldwide. According to the report, Chinese companies are involved in 308 hydroelectric projects across 70 nations. While dams are often billed as “green energy,” they can have massive ecological … Continue reading China funding construction of 308 dams in 70 countries

Electric cars and wind farms spurring ecological and social devastation in China

By Le Monde From the air it looks like a huge lake, fed by many tributaries, but on the ground it turns out to be a murky expanse of water, in which no fish or algae can survive. The shore is coated with a black crust, so thick you can walk on it. Into this … Continue reading Electric cars and wind farms spurring ecological and social devastation in China

Protesters in China force cancellation of industrial waste pipeline

By Shiv Malik for The Guardian Officials in eastern China have cancelled a planned industrial waste pipeline project after up to 1,000 environmental demonstrators occupied a government office, overturned cars, destroyed computers and beat police officers. The demonstration in the city of Qidong was the latest in a string of protests sparked by fears of … Continue reading Protesters in China force cancellation of industrial waste pipeline

Protestors in China force government to halt construction of chemical factory

By Tania Branigan / The Guardian Thousands of anti-pollution protesters took to the streets of a south-west Chinese city on Monday, halting the construction of a multimillion pound molybdenum copper plant. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowds after rioters lobbed bricks at government offices in Shifang, Sichuan province, the English edition of the … Continue reading Protestors in China force government to halt construction of chemical factory

32 Yangtze finless porpoises wash up dead, leaving the population close to extinction

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Six years after the Yangtze river dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer), or baiji, was declared “functionally extinct” by scientists, another marine mammal appears on the edge of extinction in China’s hugely degraded Yangtze River. In less than two months, 32 Yangtze finless porpoises (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis), a subspecies of the finless porpoise, … Continue reading 32 Yangtze finless porpoises wash up dead, leaving the population close to extinction

UK claims greenhouse gas reduction, while outsourcing carbon emissions to China

By Fiona Harvey / The Guardian Britons’ consumption of goods such as TVs and mobile phones made in China has “outsourced” the UK’s greenhouse-gas emissions, and is leading to a net increase in global emissions, according to a report from an influential committee of MPs. While the UK’s own greenhouse-gas emissions have been tumbling, people … Continue reading UK claims greenhouse gas reduction, while outsourcing carbon emissions to China

Villagers in China clash with police over land theft measures by government

By Tania Branigan / The Guardian Rural residents protesting against land grabs have clashed with police in north and south-west China, according to accounts posted online, in the latest cases to be sparked by one of the country’s most potent sources of unrest. Villagers in south-western Yunnan province were arrested and injured when police broke … Continue reading Villagers in China clash with police over land theft measures by government

Massive new dam on Yangtze River would flood nature reserve protecting 40 species of fish

By Lucy Hornby / Reuters China’s Three Gorges Corp. on Thursday marked the beginning of construction for a dam that will flood the last free-flowing portion of the middle reaches of the Yangtze, the country’s longest river. The 30 billion yuan ($4.75 billion) Xiaonanhai dam is decried by environmentalists because it will flood a nature reserve … Continue reading Massive new dam on Yangtze River would flood nature reserve protecting 40 species of fish

Major river in India flowing from occupied Tibet mysteriously dries up

By Agence France-Presse A major river in India’s northeast that originates in Tibet has suddenly dried up, triggering speculation that China might be responsible, a local official told AFP on Thursday. The Brahmaputra has its source in China’s southwestern Tibet region where it is known as the Yarlung Tsangpo, and it enters India in the … Continue reading Major river in India flowing from occupied Tibet mysteriously dries up