Public interest lawsuits: spring for environmental protection
The Supreme People’s Court published an «Interpretation of issues related to the laws applicable to an environmental civil litigation case hearing» (hereafter: «Interpretation»). The Interpretation allows more public interest organizations to participate in environmental civil litigations.
Two NGOs initiate first environment public interest lawsuit
On January 1st 2015, two NGOs received a notice from the Nanping city intermediate people’s court stating it had accepted to file their lawsuit. This is the first occurence of a public interest lawsuit being filed since the new “Environment Protection Law” has been enforced.
The 10 Public Welfare Keywords of 2014
This article highlights 10 keywords from China Philanthropy Times’ reporting on the public welfare industry in 2014.
Need for faster implementation of prevention plan against heavy metal pollution
The 12th five year Plan against heavy metal pollution has been implemented for four years and has been overall efficient but is still facing “problems not to be ignored” according to the Ministry of the Environment.
ConocoPhillips damage claim case: first court hearing concluded
Zhang Fuqiu, lawyer of the 21 plaintiffs in the ConocoPhillips case, released an interview to Caixin, explaining the circumstances of the Bohai Bay incident, and its consequences for the local environment and communities.
PGS in China – A Development Tool for Local Organic Agriculture?
Cornelia Kirchner discusses the use of Participatory Guarantee Systems as a way to promote organic agriculture in China in light of her experience working with the Beijing Farmers Market.
Inspiration from Expertise-based Grassroots Advocacy
CDB’s Chief Researcher Liu Haiying gives some examples of successful advocacy campaigns pushed forward by groups of experts.
75% of city dwellers are ready to pay more for safe drinking water
On December 1st, Xylem Inc. (赛莱默公司) and the China Water Network E20 environmental platform (中国E20环境平台中国水网) co-published the “2014 China water quality index research report”.
Guangzhou’s environment protection bureau’s “beautiful misunderstanding”
This article analyzes the controversy on “information disclosure regulations” that has arised between an environmental activist and the Guangdong environmental protection bureau.
Why Shifang is Still In Pain
The author investigates persistent problems in Shifang, Sichuan, over two years after a proposed molybdenum and copper project led to protests
The Hebei governor calls on 13 cities to uphold “APEC Blue”
The article describes the measures laid out in Hebei province to preserve the air quality during the APEC summit
The author explains that to ensure good air quality for the APEC summit this month, the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei air pollution cooperation group decided on emergency emission reduction measures which reach even Shandong province
New Environmental Protection Targets for 365 lakes
The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Finance (MF) have announced a new plan to improve water quality in China’s lakes.
Survey finds over half of Beijingers are in favour of environmental tax
A survey carried out by Beijing’s Environmental Education Center has found that air pollution levels remain the most pertinent environmental issue for Beijingers (90.2%), ahead of overall city cleanliness (88.3%) and water quality (84.7%).
China’s Supreme People’s Court rolls out measures to strengthen environmental trial process
A specialised environment court was set up on July 3 to further this aim, with serving judges being reshuffled to its top positions at the end of June to prepare for its inauguration.
NGOs cast doubts on CNPC Shenzhen land-reclamation project Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report
Oil giant China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has announced plans to reclaim close to 40 hectares of land in Dapeng Bay in Shenzhen for an LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) project. Land reclamation would change the quality of the seawater and affect the ecological environment for fishing.