China and Japan Must Address Shared Marine Environmental Emergencies
Environment,East Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 24 Jan 2018

China and Japan Must Address Shared Marine Environmental Emergencies

The January 6, 2018 collision between the Panamanian-flagged Iranian-owned tanker Sanchi and the Hong Kong-registered grain freighter CF Crystal in the East China Sea has created a potential environmental disaster. China and Japan have been slow to respond.
Is Regionalism a New Answer in Tackling Climate Change?
Environment

By Aleksandra Skorek - 07 Jul 2017

Is Regionalism a New Answer in Tackling Climate Change?

Trump’s “Climate Exit” and the Future of the Paris Agreement
Environment

By Fengshi Wu - 19 Jun 2017

Trump’s “Climate Exit” and the Future of the Paris Agreement

A Spratlys Environmentally Protected Area?
Environment,Hotspots

A Spratlys Environmentally Protected Area?

Lost amid the recent cacophony of nationalist rhetoric regarding the disputes in the South China Sea have been calls for the claimants to agree to set aside part of the area for environmental preservation. This suggestion is both idealistic and unrealistic.
Beijing’s “Summit Blue”: What Does It Say about China’s Smog Woes?
Environment,China

Beijing’s “Summit Blue”: What Does It Say about China’s Smog Woes?

When world leaders gathered in Beijing for the first Belt and Road Forum in May 2017, they were greeted by clear blue skies. However, five days after the conclusion of the Forum, Beijing residents braced for another round of polluted days caused by photochemical smog.
By Gang Chen - 30 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Transboundary Environmental Security in the Mekong River
Environment,Southeast Asia

Transboundary Environmental Security in the Mekong River

The Mekong River is one of the most contested rivers as six countries with unequal political power and differing degrees of social, scientific, and institutional capacity have been implementing projects with inadequate regard for their neighbors’ development plans. Environmental security may offer answers to the transboundary resource dilemmas of these states.  
China’s Deadly Floods in 2016: A Stress Test for Government Capacity
Environment,China

China’s Deadly Floods in 2016: A Stress Test for Government Capacity

In the summer of 2016, China was stricken by devastating floods that affected both the northern and southern parts of the country. Weaknesses in local disaster management departments have been revealed in the various floods-hit areas.
By Gang Chen - 10 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Feeding the Chinese: Wither the Self-Sufficiency Policy?
Society,Environment,China

Feeding the Chinese: Wither the Self-Sufficiency Policy?

The effectiveness of China’s new food security strategy remains doubtful, as it might turn out to be extremely difficult, if not entirely impossible, for it to achieve absolute security or self-sufficiency in staples. China’s attempts to boost staple production could bring huge economic, social and environmental costs to the country.
The Wrath of Mother Earth: What Can We Learn from Recent Earthquakes?
Environment,East Asia

The Wrath of Mother Earth: What Can We Learn from Recent Earthquakes?

The earthquakes have created economic damage to Japanese automobile and electronic manufacturers as production was disrupted in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, which hosts Japan’s largest semiconductor manufacturing bases.  
China Making Progress on Climate and Environment Issues
Environment,China

China Making Progress on Climate and Environment Issues

Greenpeace recently released its China air quality survey for the first quarter of 2016 and the results indicate improvements in most parts of the country. PM 2.5 levels across 355 Chinese cities surveyed fell 9 percent as compared to the same period in 2015.
China’s New Species of Environmental Protest
Society,Environment

China’s New Species of Environmental Protest

In 2007, China was taken by surprise when two large mobile phone and Internet-organized demonstrations put the last nail into the coffin of a multi-billion RMB petrochemical project producing para-xylene (PX) in the city of Xiamen.
China and COP21
Environment

China and COP21

On December 12, 2015, 196 nations at COP21, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, unanimously committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming to a maximum increase of 1.5ºC, or failing that, less than 2ºC.
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