Hainan’s Ocean Flower Island Project Criticized Over Environmental Impact

Excessive real estate development and severe land reclamation in South China’s Hainan Province have eroded local coastlines and damaged the marine ecology, reported the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) on Saturday [23 December 2017]. The MEP criticized some cities on the tropical island for ignoring environmental protection while relying heavily on real estate for economic

Wetlands Along Yangtze River to Receive More Financial Support from the State Forestry Administration

China will strengthen protection of wetlands along the Yangtze River economic belt to address pollution and reclamation challenges, said a senior forestry official on Saturday [11 November 2017]. The State Forestry Administration will give more support in wetland restoration and construction of national wetland parks to provinces along the belt, said Wang Zhigao, head of

China Development Bank to Issue Green Bonds to Fund Environmental Projects in Hubei Province

China Development Bank (CDB), a state-owned policy bank, said Tuesday [5 September 2017] that it will issue green bonds to raise funds for water resource protection along the Yangtze River Economic Belt. The bank said it will issue no more than 5 billion yuan (about 763.2 million U.S. dollars) in three-year green bonds next Tuesday,

China’s Top Economic Decision Making Organization May Establish a New Agency to Better Protect the Country’s Natural Resources

China is expected to establish a new government organ in an effort to better protect natural resources, including minerals, water and forests, said a senior official. The establishment of a State-owned assets supervision and administration body on natural resources is still being mulled, said Yang Weimin, deputy director of the Office of the Central Leading

Heilongjiang Looks to Increase the Production of Environmentally Friendly “Green Foods”

Faced with slack petroleum and coal industries, the Heilongjiang government has adjusted emphasis to support the rising green food industry. It has made full use of local agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and fisheries to speed up development of the sector, said the local government. The food industry’s added value increased 19.9 percent year-on-year in 2013

Poplar Forest in Northwestern Hebei Province, Planted to Guard against Sandstorms, in Decay

A forest planted decades ago to prevent sandstorms from hitting northern China is in a severe state of decay. The tree line covers more than 102,000 hectares of northern Zhangjiakou, a city in Hebei province about 200 kilometers from the capital. According to forestry officials, 92 percent of the poplars last year were “hypermature”, meaning

Farmer in Sichuan Province Sues Environmental Agency over Electrical Substation that was Installed Next to His Forest Nursery

A farmer in Guanghan, Sichuan province, brought a lawsuit against the provincial environmental protection department to safeguard egrets in his forest, Chengdu Commercial Daily reported on Friday. Liao Quanfu contracted some 2 hectares of farmland to produce saplings in 1998 and he found that this attracted animals and birds…Full article: China Daily Nov 2013 Key