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The scale of growth in China’s meat production over the past three decades is staggering. Today, one-third of the world’s meat is produced in the country and half of all pigs live there. While per capita consumption may still be below the U.S. and Europe—for now at least—it still managed to jump from 8.8lbs to 134.5lbs between 1961 and 2010.

Unlike the U.S. though, China must produce this meat...

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Toxic chemicals have been found in children’s clothes sold by Burberry, Adidas, Disney, and nine other brands, according to a report published by the campaign group Greenpeace. These chemicals can be ingested via hand-to-mouth contact, and then affect development of reproductive organs and the liver.

In May and April of 2013, Greenpeace bought eighty-two items of children’s and infant’s clothing in twenty-five different countries. The samples had been made...

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China’s first legally binding regulations for reducing PM2.5 levels have been approved by Beijing’s municipal congress.

Beijing’s annual average PM2.5 level currently stands at 89.5 micrograms per cubic meter, far exceeding the 35-micrograms national standard. Officials have previously pledged to reduce this figure by 25% over the next five years.

The new law, which was passed by a huge margin of 659-23 at the annual session...

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Coal will account for no less than sixty percent of China’s total energy use in the next decade, said Zheng Xinye, an energy economist at Renmin University. Currently, coal accounts for seventy percent of China’s total energy consumption. The Chinese leadership vowed to reduce the number to less than sixty-five percent in 2014.

Zheng said China still needs coal to fuel its massive urbanization plan. Zhang Guobao,...

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Environmental problems have become an important factor causing the rich to leave China—but one academic has now suggested that they should first pay an environmental levy. Chen Guoen, a professor at Wuhan University, said that some Western investment-for-citizenship schemes are tempting China’s rich to emigrate and enjoy cleaner air. According to Chen, China should respond by imposing an environmental restoration levy on those leaving—their accumulation of wealth will...

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Although China’s air pollution keeps making headlines, its water pollution is just as urgent a problem. One-fifth of the country’s rivers are toxic, while two-fifths are classified as seriously polluted. In 2012, more than half of China’s cities had water that was “poor” or “very poor.” Last week, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection announced a trillion-yuan (U.S.$320 billion) plan to start dealing with this urgent issue.

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The $62 billion South-North Water Transfer Project would be rendered irrelevant if one-third of buildings in Beijing could collect more rainwater and recycle more wastewater, according to a Chinese ministerial official.

The remarks made by Qiu Baoxing, vice minister of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, in the February issue of Water & Wastewater Engineering, represents a rare government opinion against one...

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Although residents in Northern China are no strangers to dirty air, a man from the smog-enshrouded Hebei province has decided to take the local environmental authority to court for failing to control air pollution.

Li Guixin, a resident in Hebei’s capital, Shijiazhuang City, sued the municipal environmental protection bureau for 10,000 Yuan (U.S.$1,627) to compensate for the money he had spent on an air filter and indoor treadmill. The...

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When we think about water use we think about the water we drink, but we also need water to grow food, generate electricity, make our clothes, and extract minerals. In short, water drives the economy. In China, ninety-seven percent of electricity generated requires water to produce, so no water literally means no power.

Between 2010-2030, China plans to add 1.2 terawatts of water-reliant power. This is...

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