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New Wave of Partnerships to Protect China’s Rivers

China’s rivers are in crisis. Less than 20 years ago, the country boasted 50,000 rivers, but now China has lost more than half due to over-extraction, climate change, and contamination. Many sections of the Yangtze, China’s largest river basin, have become foul and black as nearly 45% of the country’s sewage and industrial discharge flow into it.  To protect the country’s rivers and lakes, the Chinese government issued the Water Pollution Action Plan in 2015, creating more comprehensive and stricter regulations for water conservation and larger penalties for polluters.

Working Towards Clean Cars and Clear Skies in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta

Los Angeles is the quintessential horizontal city, the capital of sprawl where car-centric urban development has given the city the reputation as the most polluted urban environment in the United States. Contrast this with Hong Kong, a vertical city that is leading the way in efficient public transit with a system capable of transporting 90 percent of the city’s citizens, the highest percentage in the world.

China as a Great Polar Power

China has emerged as a member of the elite club of nations who are powerful at both global poles. Polar states are global giants, strong in military, scientific, and economic terms. The concept of a polar great power is relatively unknown in international relations studies; yet China, a rising power globally, is now widely using this term to categorize its aspirations and emphasize the significance of the polar regions to their national interests. China's focus on becoming a polar great power represents a fundamental re-orientation - a completely new way of imagining the world.

Citizen Science Is Making it Harder for China’s Biggest Polluters to Hide

Originally featured on New Security Beat, the blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Tracking China's Global Energy Finance

Since 2000, the China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China have emerged as major global funders of energy infrastructure providing upwards of $160 billion in energy finance to governments across the world, nearly matching the amount of finance provided by the World Bank and the regional multi-lateral development banks.