China Watch, Food, Renewable Energy, News, Natural Disasters & Peacemaking, e2 - Eye on Earth

In Wake of Songhua Disaster, Environmentalists Divided Over Future of Environmental Protection in China

The recent chemical spill on the Songhua River and resulting resignation of China's top environmental official Xie Zhenhua from leadership of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) has brought much speculation about the future of Chinese environmental protection efforts.

Expert: Half of Chinese Cities Have Polluted Groundwater

The rapid development of urbanization and regional economies has increased demands on local water resources, while simultaneously causing deterioration in the quality of urban groundwater in many cities.

Global Security Brief #8: Peacemaking in Kashmir: From Physical Tremor to Political Earthquake?

The massive tremor that struck northern Pakistan and Kashmir on October 8, 2005 cut through a fault line of conflict that has divided Pakistan and India for 58 years. The epicenter of the quake was near the cease-fire line demarcating Indian- and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir—the so-called Line of Control. With the death toll unofficially pegged at close to 90,000, the disaster within mere minutes inflicted even greater suffering than that wrought by 16 years of conflict: since 1989, an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 people have been killed in the region.

Robert Charles Friese Joins Worldwatch Institute Board Of Directors

The Worldwatch Institute announced today that Robert Charles Friese, a prominent San Francisco attorney, has been elected to its Board of Directors. The Institute, an international research organization based in Washington D.C., has provided fact-based analysis of global economic, resource, and environmental trends to decision makers around the world since 1974. The Institute’s work has been published in 36 languages and regularly reaches top policy makers in countries as disparate as China and Germany.

SEPA Chief Resigns Over Harbin Disaster

China's cabinet today approved the resignation request of Xie Zhenhua, director of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA).

China Calls on the U.S. to Join Kyoto Protocol

China is the world's second largest emitter of carbon dioxide, and its new assertiveness on the issue leaves the United States, the world's largest emitter, even more isolated.

Tibetan Antelope, a Protected Species, Becoming Fashion Victim

Due to the robust demand for its wool in the United States and Europe, Tibetan antelope, an endangered species at the top of both China's and international protection lists, has been decimated by poaching—the population shrank sharply from an estimated 1 million in 1900 to around

Harbin Resumes Water Supply

The city of Harbin, the capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, resumed water supply to its 3.8 million residents on November 27, five hours ahead of schedule. The city cut off its water supply for four days after a chemical explosion spilled some 100 tons of pollutants containing benzene and nitrobenzene into its main water source, the Songhua River.

SEPA: China's Marine Environment Faces Irreversible Damage

The results of a 2005 marine environmental protection inspection released by the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) on November 28th showed that in spite of improvement of marine conditions in some coastal areas, the overall quality of China’s marine environment remains dire.

Environmental Activist Arrested in Hangzhou; Movement Still Hampered by Legal and Financial Restrictions

The environmental movement in China received a setback in late October with the arrest of Hangzhou activist Tan Kai, founder of the monitoring group Green Watch. While charges are unclear, Kai and five other members of the group were brought in for questioning after opening a bank account for the not-yet-registered organization, according to the New York-based organization.
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