Environmental Governance Research Briefs
These research briefs are a part of CEF's partnership with Vermont Law School on the USAID-supported U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law Initiative.
Issues in this Series
This new research brief looks into an area of China's overseas environmental impact that has been rarely explored: distant water fishing. The brief examines international treaties, China's practice and players, as well as drivers of distant water fishing. It investigates Chinese fleets' environmental impact in west Africa, and suggests strategies for a better governance.
Launched in July 2012, FLOAT Beijing—a community art project that utilizes citizen science—offers a simple, innovative, and non-confrontational approach to air quality monitoring: kites. Pioneered by two U.S. graduate students, the project tracks air pollutants using air sensor modules attached to kites.
Every year, China generates 250 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW), or one quarter of the world’s total annual waste.To help deal with this problem, 155 incineration facilities currently operate in China, with an expected 300 facilities to be online by 2015. However, these plants vary drastically in their ability to control pollution and toxic waste from China’s incinerators is occasionally dumped into ponds or landfilled, belying the clean and renewable image promoted by the government. For citizens troubled by a lack of information from the government about incineration plants before and during construction, NGOs and grassroots organizations serve to fill the gap as sources of information, legal services, and advice.
The summary of an initiative by the Woodrow Wilson Center's China Environment Forum, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.