China's environmental problems and the linkages to human health are increasingly making the news internationally. Most striking has been the growing number of reports from Chinese journalists on pollution and related health threats even after some government restrictions were put in place in late 2005 to limit reporting on sensitive pollution accidents.

As part of its work on the USAID-supported China Environmental Health Project, CEF is collecting news stories and reports from Chinese and Western sources that relate to major environmental health threats and promising policy developments, investment, and international projects in China. We will focus on reporting of air and water pollution, karst water issues, water shortages, the growing waste challenges in China, as well as Chinese government policies and projects meant to address these issues.

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    Environmental Health News Updates in English

    Chinese food exports plunge amid crackdown
    By Don Lee
    Los Angeles Times on Honolulu Advertiser, September 30, 2007

    Who is killing the Chinese sturgeon?
    By Kan Zhe
    China Dialogue, September 28, 2007

    Government shuts 253 small power units
    By Zhang Qi
    China Daily, September 28, 2007

    China suffers from foreign flora and fauna attack
    China Daily on People's Daily Online, September 28, 2007

    In China, Activism Is Risky Pursuit:Groups Proliferate but Remain
    Vulnerable to Wrath of Local Officials

    By Shai Oster
    Wall Street Journal, September 28, 2007

    Choking on Growth Part II: Beneath Booming Cities, China's Future Is Drying Up
    By Jim Yardley
    New York Times, September 28, 2007

    Agrilandia Farm: Italy's Slow Food Culture Comes to Beijing
    by Lila Buckley
    Worldwatch, September 27, 2007

    Premier Wen urges technological upgrade in coal industry
    Xinhua, September 27, 2007

    Green buildings get green light
    By Wu Jiayin
    Shanghai Daily, September 27, 2007

    Something in the air? Locals think they know why their children are sick
    Economist, September 27, 2007

    China, Japan enhance ties in energy, environment
    Xinhua on China Daily, September 27, 2007

    RPT-ANALYSIS-China environment in spotlight, can leaders act?
    By Emma Graham-Harrison
    Reuters, September 27, 2007

    Dark clouds shroud Beijing before Olympics
    By Oliver Brown
    Telegraph, September 27, 2007

    A climate of inequity
    By Mara Hvistendahl
    China Dialogue, September 26, 2007

    China urges investment in pollution control projects
    Reuters, September 26, 2007

    China concedes Three Gorges dam danger
    By Jamil Anderlini
    Financial Times, September 26, 2007,dwp_uuid=9c33700c-4c86-11da-89df-0000779e2340.html

    621 food production licenses canceled for safety
    Xinhua on China Daily, September 26, 2007

    Beijing to Ban Smoking in Cabs in Leadup to Olympics
    Swimmingworld Magazine, September 26, 2007

    China approves five-year plan for environment protection
    Xinhua, September 26, 2007

    China dam 'catastrophe' warning
    BBC, September 26, 2007

    Despite Progress Against Trafficking, World Still Hungry for Exotic Creatures
    Worldwatch on Environmental News Network, September 26, 2007

    China Needs New Environmental Policies, SEPA Says
    By Ling Li
    China Watch, September 25, 2007

    Pollution victims hit legal wall
    By Takanori Kato and Yomiuri Shimbun
    Daily Yomiuri, September 25, 2007

    Firms closed down in food safety inspection
    By Li Fangchao
    China Daily, September 25, 2007

    Japan Seeking China's Cooperation to Cut Air Pollution
    By Liz Noh
    VOA, September 25, 2007

    China Could Be Top Wind Market in 3 Years
    By Emma Graham-Harrison
    Reuters on Planet Ark, September 24, 2007

    Food waste in Hong Kong
    CNN, September 24, 2007

    Chinese Vice-Premier calls for sustainable land use planning
    Xinhua, September 24, 2007

    China Says Ban on Hog Growth Enhancer Improves Food Safety
    By William Bi
    Bloomberg, September 24, 2007

    China denies spreading pig disease to neighbors
    Xinhua, September 24, 2007

    Official: China's farm products safe
    Xinhua, September 24, 2007

    China in three colors
    By Thomas L. Friedman
    International Herald Tribune, September 23, 2007

    China's environmental watchdog removes five areas from blacklist after rectification
    Xinhua on People's Daily, September 23, 2007

    Beijing drivers ignore No Car Day
    BBC, September 22, 2007

    Spare pigs 'curb pork price surge'
    AP on CNN, September 21, 2007

    Turning awareness into action
    By Isabel Hilton
    China Dialogue, September 21, 2007

    China vows to continue efforts to tackle climate change
    Xinhua, September 21, 2007

    Fruit registration rule extended
    People's Daily, September 21, 2007

    China Readies For "no car" Day Ahead of Olympics
    Reuters on Environmental News Network, September 21, 2007

    Chinese Seabird on Verge of Extinction
    By Alexa Olesen
    The Washington Post, September 21, 2007

    China's Policy of Returning Farmland to Forests Must Be Upheld
    By Feng Yongfeng
    Worldwatch Institute, September 20, 2007

    China faltering on support for solar power: report
    By Emma Graham-Harrison
    Reuters, September 20, 2007

    A way forward for China's environmental movement
    By Tang Hao
    China Dialogue, September 20, 2007

    China's biodiversity takes a beating
    By Dinah Gardner
    Asia Times Online, September 20, 2007

    Suspected food poisoning hospitalizes 59 preschoolers in NW China
    Xinhua, September 20, 2007

    China to enter "wind power era" before 2010, expert says
    Xinhua on People's Daily, September 20, 2007

    A Seasonal Thing
    By Joyce Siu
    South China Morning Post, September 19, 2007

    Beijing to host 2nd China-Japan Energy and Environment Forum
    Xinhua, September 19, 2007

    Provinces Undermine Beijing's Goals on AIDS
    By Maureen Fan
    Washington Post, September 19, 2007

    EPA Targets $2 Million to Fight Climate Change with Projects in China, Russia, Seven Other Countries
    By Mure Dickie
    EPA on Environmental News Network, September 19, 2007

    Mr Wang's chemical factory
    By Tim Clissold
    China Dialogue, September 18, 2007

    Premier Wen orders stepping up prevention against forest fires
    Xinhua, September 18, 2007

    The Muck Is Coming
    By Jonathan Adams
    Newsweek, September 24, 2007 issue

    Can China make the polluter pay?
    By Juliana Liu
    BBC News, September 18, 2007

    Opportunity shines in China's haze
    By David J. Lynch
    USA Today, September 18, 2007

    China to build grocery-tracking system to ensure food safety
    By Jonthan Adams
    Xinhua, September 18, 2007

    China confirms bird flu outbreak in Guangzhou
    Xinhua on China Daily, September 18, 2007

    China recalls tainted leukemia drugs; returns tainted pork
    CNN, September 17, 2007

    Beijing plays down Olympic smog fears
    By Mure Dickie
    Financial Times, September 17, 2007

    Leave the car at home, drive a green bargain
    Eastday, September 17, 2007

    China to raise standards for water-polluting industries
    Xinhua, September 17, 2007

    U.S. envoys in China for talks on food, drug safety
    Reuters on Environmental News Network, September 17, 2007

    Pig Disease in China Worries the World
    By Ariana Eunjung Cha
    Washington Post, September 16, 2007

    China finds forbidden drug residue in frozen pork from the U.S., Canada
    Xinhua on People's Daily, September 15, 2007

    Changing the rules of the game
    By Pan Yue, Ma Li
    China Dialogue, September 14, 2007

    Chinese poachers caught in the Philippines with endangered marine turtles
    WWF on Environmental News Network, September 14, 2007

    China to impose fuel tax
    CCTV, September 14, 2007

    China Launches Energy Conservation Guide for Citizens
    By Ling Li
    China Watch, September 13, 2007

    Turning grey China green
    By Alex Pasternack
    China Dialogue, September 13, 2007

    World's Top 10 Most Polluted Places
    By David Biello
    Scientific American, September 13, 2007

    Haze of confusion over most-polluted city list
    Reuters on Environmental News Network, September 13, 2007

    The problem with cotton
    By Gaoming Jiang, Caihong Lee
    China Dialogue, September 12, 2007

    Polluters will pay for their behavior
    By Sun Xiaohua
    China Daily, September 12, 2007

    New quality measures praised
    By Xie Chuanjiao
    China Daily, September 12, 2007

    54 killed in health emergencies in Aug
    Xinhua, September 12, 2007

    Building communities and saving the environment
    By Yongfeng Feng
    China Dialogue, September 11, 2007

    Valuing Ecosystem Services: An Answer for China's Watersheds?
    By Lila Buckley
    China Watch, September 11, 2007

    Drought hits N China province, leaving 90,000 short of drinking water
    Xinhua, September 11, 2007

    China Urges Electricity Suppliers to Buy 'Green' Power
    By Ling Li
    Renewable Energy Access, September 10, 2007;jsessionid=9C7521B352D5C5004777C9B06C921D1F?id=49879

    Short & Green Let's do it together!
    Shanghai Daily on Zhejiang, September 10, 2007

    Beijing Drafting New Laws to Create Greener Business Environment
    By Josephine Ma
    South China Morning Post, September 10, 2007

    Leader's Vow on Climate Change Faces Tough Test
    By APEC
    South China Morning Post, September 10, 2007

    Pollution offenses below public expectations
    Xinhua on China Daily, September 10, 2007

    Study sessions reflect "scientific and democratic policy-making" in China
    Xinhua on People's Daily, September 10, 2007

    In pure Arctic air, signs of China's economic boom
    Reuters Canada, September 9, 2007

    China to Start Work on Eco-City in New Year
    By Emma Graham-Harrison
    Planet Ark, September 9, 2007

    SEPA: Campaigns against polluters below public expectations
    Xinhua on China Daily, September 9, 2007

    Official: no permanent buildings near Qinghai Lake
    Xinhua, September 9, 2007

    Science Minister calls for enhancement of energy-saving awareness
    Xinhua, September 9, 2007

    The Great Leap Backward?
    By Elizabeth Economy
    Foreign Affairs, September/October

    Chinese vice-premier underscores energy saving, pollution cut efforts
    Xinhua on People's Daily, September 7, 2007

    APEC officials agree on global warming statement
    AP on Environmental News Network, September 7, 2007

    US., China Urged on Energy Efficiency
    By John Heilprin
    Boston Globe, September 6, 2007

    Chinese president expounds views on building sustainable future
    Xinhua, September 6, 2007

    APEC rift opens over climate change debate
    Reuters on Environmental News Network, September 6, 2007

    What China can learn from France
    by Jianqiang Liu
    China Dialogue, September 5, 2007

    U.S. May Base Olympic Athletes in S.Korea - Report
    Chosun, September 5, 2007

    Draft law on water pollution solicits public opinion
    Xinhua on China Daily, September 5, 2007

    China launches nationwide campaign on food safety in catering sector
    Xinhua News Agency, September 5, 2007

    Pork safety teams needed: Official
    China Daily on People's Daily Online, September 5, 2007

    HP Recycles PCs in China
    By Sumner Lemon
    PC Wolrd, September 4, 2007,136708-c,recycling/article.html

    Bromine leakage affects 166 people in Chongqing
    Xinhua on China Daily, September 4, 2007

    China Exclusive: Scientist advocates weed planting to combat lakes plagued by algae
    Xinhua, September 4, 2007

    SEPA closes 400 heavy polluters
    By Sun Xiaohua
    China Daily, September 4, 2007

    China aims high in renewable energy usage to pursue sustained growth
    Xinhua, September 4, 2007

    Official: China to produce liquid bio-fuel with non-food crops
    Xinhua, September 4, 2007

    Toxin-free farm produce promised
    China Daily on People's Daily Online, September 4, 2007

    Small amount of toxic chemical found in central Chinese river after boats catch fire
    The Associated Press on The International Herald Tribune, September 3, 2007