Category: China

Scientists Confirm China as Major Source of Banned Ozone-Depleting Chemicals

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Despite being banned in 2010, about 40,000 tons of carbon tetrachloride, an ozone-depleting compound, are still emitted into the atmosphere every year. But the origins of the illegal emissions have long baffled scientists. Now, an international team of researchers has tracked down the source of nearly half of the emissions to eastern China, according to a recent study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

The Bike-Share Oversupply in China: Huge Piles of Abandoned and Broken Bicycles

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Last year, bike sharing took off in China, with dozens of bike-share companies quickly flooding city streets with millions of brightly colored rental bicycles. However, the rapid growth vastly outpaced immediate demand and overwhelmed Chinese cities, where infrastructure and regulations were not prepared to handle a sudden flood of millions of shared bicycles.

Breaking down recent China developments

Read the full story in Resource Recycling.

The Chinese government has announced key policies in recent weeks, including a plan to ban all recovered material imports by 2020. In the U.S., Waste Management offered details on the impact of National Sword thus far.

The following is a roundup of the latest details from the Chinese government and other key stakeholders on China’s fast-evolving scrap import restrictions.

SWANA Provides Update on How China’s Waste Import Restrictions are Impacting Recycling Programs

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The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has issued an update for state and provincial environmental agencies on China’s waste import restrictions and their impact on recycling programs in North America.

This update, the third in a series to agencies on the issue, provides an overview of the effect that the restrictions are having on the export of recyclables from both the U.S. and Canada, including the increased movement of material to Southeast Asian countries and additional potential restrictions.

With China in the Lead, New Obstacles to Climate Progress Are Emerging

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With its move toward a clean-energy future, China has become the de facto leader in international climate efforts. But is the world’s leading carbon emitter now pulling back on its commitments and offshoring its polluting industries to less developed Asian nations?



How a ‘Toxic Cocktail’ Is Posing a Troubling Health Risk in China’s Cities

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A recent study in Chinese cities found a potential link between a hazardous mix of air pollutants and death rates. These findings point to the need for a new approach to assessing the dangers of urban smog in fast-industrializing parts of the developing world.

Will China’s crackdown on ‘foreign garbage’ force wealthy countries to recycle more of their own waste?

Read the full story at The Conversation.

With holidays approaching, many of us are mindful of the need to collect and recycle all the additional plastic, paper and other waste that we are about to generate. This year, however, there are questions about where that waste will end up. China, the world’s largest importer of scrap, is looking to clean up its act.

Soon we won’t be able to ship our recycling to China — and that’s a problem

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

It’s no secret that China, the top global importer of numerous recyclable materials, has accepted everyone else’s garbage with open arms for decades. The United States — along with a slew of other developed nations — sends China our recyclable trash and, in turn, China transforms foreign garbage into consumer products and packaging and sends it back our way…

This tidy reciprocal relationship, however, is coming to an end.

In July, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection told the World Trade Organization that it would no longer accept imports of 24 common types of once-permitted solid waste due to contamination concerns. The ban extends to various recyclables including several plastics such as PET and PVC, certain textiles and mixed waste paper. Easier-to-recycle metals are not included in the new restrictions.

As It Looks to Go Green, China Keeps a Tight Lid on Dissent

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to clean up the nation’s air and water and create an “ecological civilization.” Yet even as it carries out major environmental reforms, China’s government is making sure activist green movements stay under its control.

China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown Listen· 3:51

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Entire industrial regions of China are being temporarily shut down, and the unusual sight of blue skies is reappearing as environmental inspectors go about their work. After decades of doing little about the pollution that has plagued much of the country, China’s government may be finally getting serious about enforcing its environmental laws.

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