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Guangdong can inspire dream of a smog-free China

Blog entry by Zelda Liang | 2013-09-04

Realising the dream of a modern and fully developed China does not have to be at the expense of people's health and well-being. There is no need to retreat to the lifestyle of cavemen for clean air. With tackling air pollution ...

How air pollution concerns stopped a China coal power project

Blog entry by Lauri Myllyvirta and Justin Gray | 2013-08-29

This post was originally published on Greenpeace International, August 14, 2013. In Europe or the US, a huge 2,000-megawatt coal power project next to a megacity of 10 million would top the list of polluting power plant proposals...

Greenpeace research estimates new coal power projects would cause 16,000 premature...

Press release | 2013-08-27 at 5:00

Guangdong – Joint research conducted by Greenpeace and American air pollution expert Dr. H. Andrew Gray estimates that PM2.5 air pollution from 96 power plants in operation in both Guangdong and Hong Kong caused nearly 3,600 premature deaths as...

Hong Kong listed company conference questioned by Greenpeace demanding the end of...

Press release | 2013-08-26 at 19:00

Hong Kong - Today, the Shenhua Group (HKG 1088) 2013 Interim Results Conference was questioned by activists from Greenpeace, an international environmental NGO, who submitted to company board members an open letter and report titled Thirsty Coal...

Shenhua admits to illegally discharging water in response to Greenpeace water grab...

Press release | 2013-08-23 at 3:30

Beijing - China's largest coal conglomerate - the Shenhua Group - has admitted to illegally discharging wastewater in direct response to Greenpeace East Asia’s 'Thirsty Coal 2' report. Released in July, the environmental NGO’s investigation...

The burden of coal in Inner Mongolia

Image gallery | 2013-08-13

It's time China join the global rally against coal

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2013-08-07

All around the globe, a series of punches are being thrown at coal this summer. The international winds are shifting and the dirty black rock is becoming increasingly unpopular worldwide. Washington fired the first shots. On June...

Chinese censorship will fail to hide Shenhua's ruthless water grab

Blog entry by Dannielle Taaffe | 2013-07-31

A Greenpeace East Asia investigation  exposing how a Chinese state-run coal company is overexploiting water resources and illegally discharging toxic wastewater has made global headlines. International news agencies such as ...

How China's Shenhua group is plundering water supplies

Blog entry by Iris Cheng | 2013-07-30

Last week we exposed how state-owned Chinese coal company Shenhua, the world's largest coal producer by volume, is overexploiting groundwater and illegally dumping toxic industrial wastewater. In 11 field trips Greenpeace East Asia...

China's coal industry: stealing water, then polluting it

Image | 2013-07-29 at 4:00

The Shenhua coal-to-liquid project discharges creamy, white sewage directly into streams. In March 2003, the farmers and herders of Haole Baoji in Inner Mongolia began to witness the systemic destruction of their grasslands due to groundwater...

Greenpeace reveals Chinese state coal company's ruthless water grab

Press release | 2013-07-23 at 1:00

A state-owned Chinese coal company is overexploiting groundwater and illegally dumping toxic industrial wastewater, highlighting the need to curb the country's burgeoning coal industry, Greenpeace East Asia has revealed.

Thirsty Coal 2

Publication | 2013-07-23 at 1:00

Our investigation has revealed that Shenhua’s Coal-to-Liquid Project went to extraordinary lengths to secure water supply for its operations, and has found alarming evidence of widespread ecological and social damage, resulting from the short...

Thirst: the water shortages devastating Inner Mongolia

Video | 2013-07-23 at 1:00

A short documentary exploring the effects of water shortages on people in Inner Mongolia. For ten years, the Chinese state-run organisation Shenhua has sucked this land dry, pumping the water out of these beautiful grasslands to use in fuel...

Chinese government needs to push clean energy agenda as hard as it addresses coal...

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2013-07-17

On June 14, the State Council held a regular work session whose focus surprised nobody - controlling air pollution and facilitating the healthy development of China's solar sector. What was significant and symbolic though, was the...

The health impacts of coal power plants located in Shandong, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia

Publication | 2013-07-16 at 6:00 1 comment

In June, Greenpeace released modeling results of an investigation into health impacts from coal power plants in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei. Now we are expanding this work by releasing data for Shandong, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia. Greenpeace has...

The health impacts of coal power plants located in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei

Publication | 2013-07-16 at 3:00 1 comment

Beijing and the Jingjinji region have a major air pollution problem that reached emergency proportions in winter 2012-2013. One of the key contributors to the problem is the very large amount of coal burning in the region, and power generation is...

Coal power in China's key coal consuming provinces led to 83,500 premature deaths in...

Press release | 2013-07-10 at 22:29

Greenpeace released a study today on the health impacts of coal power plants in three of China’s key coal consuming provinces, Shandong, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia. The results show that PM2.5 pollution from the 637 power plants in these provinces...

Greenpeace appeal to improve the quality of air in China by rapidly reducing coal...

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2013-06-27

The Ministry of Environmental Protection recently released the “2012 Bulletin on the Environmental Situation in China.” According to this bulletin, in 2012, out of more than 325 cities above the prefecture level, a mere 40% of them...

Pollution from coal power plants in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region causes nearly 10...

Press release | 2013-06-17 at 23:00

A research project co-authored by Greenpeace on the health impacts of coal power plants shows that PM2.5 pollution from the 196 coal-fired power plants in the capital region of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei caused 9,900 premature deaths and nearly 70,000...

Meet Yang, our fearless action hero

Image | 2013-06-03 at 6:30

Yang is a Greenpeace East Asia campaigner from our Beijing office. He was recently on board the Rainbow Warrior to raise awareness and support for Australia's 'Save the Reef' campaign. Activities include an action against the 'MV Meister', a ship...

The Chinese coal industry responds to weakening demand and a flood of imported coal

Blog entry by Lifeng Fang | 2013-05-30

The Chinese coal mining industry has been hit by slowing coal consumption growth and simultaneously, a flood of cheaper imported coal. To stem the decline in profits, Chinese coal producers are pursuing a variety of strategies,...

As China addresses its 'airpocalypse', coal exporters fear loss of another market

Blog entry by Lifeng Fang | 2013-04-30

China’s air pollution crisis is more evident than ever. A new research report, conducted under the World Health Organization’s Global Burden of Disease project , shows that over 1.2 million premature deaths were caused by PM2.5...

Beijing won't meet WHO air pollution standards until 2030s

Blog entry by Li Shuo and Lauri Myllyvirta | 2013-04-11

Beijing has finally decided to do something about its air pollution. Last week, the city announced a multibillion yuan campaign to tackle its environmental problems, an urgent follow up to last month's parliamentary sessions, where...

Push to export US coal to China: "Motivated by a desperate industry, not sound economics"

Press release | 2013-03-07 at 5:30 1 comment

Washington DC - February 27, 2013 - The Chinese market for US coal exports may dry up before major new US coal shipments ever reach its ports, according to a new Greenpeace report. The report, "The Myth of China's Endless Coal Demand: A missing...

The Myth of China's Endless Coal Demand

Publication | 2013-03-06 at 5:00

The US coal industry - reeling from sagging domestic demand, plummeting profits, and tanking stock prices - is desperate for a new market for its wares, and it thinks it has found one in China. But in reality, the Chinese market for US coal...

China's clinging to coal an unnecessary contradiction

Feature Story | 2013-02-06 at 3:00

The biggest dirty-energy project on the planet is the planned 20% expansion of China’s coal mining and production operations in five semi-arid western and northern provinces, where most of China’s remaining reserves of the dirty fuel are to be...

Study on premature deaths reveals health impact of PM2.5 in China

Press release | 2012-12-18 at 7:30

December 18, Beijing – An estimated 8,572 premature deaths occurred in four major Chinese cities in 2012, due to high levels of PM2.5 pollution, a joint study by Greenpeace East Asia and Peking University’s School of Public Health has concluded.

Dangerous Breathing

Publication | 2012-12-18 at 7:30 6 comments

This is a summary of a report that studies the health risks and economic loss linked to PM2.5 in four major Chinese cities, and assesses the potential public health and economic benefits given effective improvement of PM2.5 pollution control...

China Wind Power Outlook 2012

Publication | 2012-09-18 at 11:30 1 comment

Wind power is globally recognized as an effective way to mitigate climate change, improve energy security, and support low-carbon industrial and economic growth. China, currently one of the world’s biggest energy consumers, has been the world...

Coal mining & abuse of the Mother River

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-08-23

The gushing, coffee-coloured waters of the Yellow River means a lot to the people of China. Ancient Chinese dynasties made their home in the fertile plains of the river basin, so it's little surprise the river has come to be known as...

Greenpeace Report Predicts Widespread Water Crises Caused by China’s Northwestern...

Press release | 2012-08-14 at 6:00

August 14, 2012, Beijing – At least some 10 billion cubic meters of water – equivalent to about one sixth of the annual total water volume of the Yellow River – will be consumed by 16 new coal power bases in China in 2015, triggering severe water...

Thirsty Coal

Publication | 2012-08-14 at 5:30

As China’s economy grows, its thirst for energy - nearly 70% of which now comes from coal - worsens. The world’s second largest economy will construct 16 large-scale coal power bases, predominantly in western areas of the country over the...

Stop saving face, start saving China's air quality

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-06-06

Yesterday our climate and energy campaigner Zhou Rong appeared on the BBC to talk about China's recent public displeasure over foreign embassies (uh, namely the US embassy) publishing its own set of air-quality readings. Head here to...

The one pollution to rule them all: coal in China

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-05-31

When it comes to charting China's growing rural-urban divide, can there be any greater yardstick than pollution? In a country beset by environmental problems, we are now finding that as development levels surge ahead in second and top...

How clean is your cloud? Apple responds

Blog entry by Gary Cook | 2012-04-19

Our new report " How Clean is Your Cloud " is out, and shows that the massive increase in Internet use is mainly being powered by dirty energy. Apple, Amazon and Microsoft all score badly in the report for relying on dirty coal and...

Tell Apple, Amazon, Microsoft you want a cleaner cloud

Blog entry by Casey Harrell | 2012-04-18

Every day, our lives revolve more and more around the phenomenon that is "the cloud." We check our e-mail, store our music, and share photos and status updates. It’s a key part of how we connect with our friends and family. But have...

Dirty data letter simple

Action | 2012-04-18 at 9:00

Is your data being powered by coal? Let your providers know you want your memory kept green!

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Clean our cloud - Act now

Action | 2012-04-18 at 9:00

Apple, Amazon and Microsoft all use asthma-inducing, climate destroying coal to power the "cloud" that stores your emails, photos, music and videos. Take action now & tell these companies to clean the cloud.

Coal takes more than it gives

Video | 2012-03-28 at 12:38

Coal might be cheap, but it's a dirty form of energy that's causing a host of problems in China. In the short term, there's the air pollution that plagues the entire nation. In the long term, coal is contributing to devastating climate change...

China to restrict coal demand, but is it enough?

Blog entry by Harri Lammi | 2012-03-28

China is set to limit their domestic output and consumption of coal over the next five years in an effort to reduce pollution and curb the nation's reliance on this dirty energy. However there are serious question marks over the ...

New air pollution standards pressures local Chinese governments to act

Blog entry by Zhou Rong | 2012-03-06

Last Friday the state council had a press conference , introducing the revised Ambient Air Quality Standard, as part of efforts to strengthen overall  air pollution control. The challenge to clean up the air is huge and urgent.

It's time: China must kick-start its green transition in 2012

Press release | 2012-03-01 at 12:30

Greenpeace has urged China's lawmakers and political advisers to place the issue of coal high on the agendas for the upcoming NPC and CPPCC annual plenary sessions. The environmental group says China must make up for lost time and act quickly and...

China's top dog Premier Wen Jiabao agrees to regional control of country's air pollution

Blog entry by Zhou Rong | 2012-03-01

Premier Wen Jiabao has agreed to release a revised Environmental Air Quality Standard in a State Council meeting yesterday, as part of efforts to strengthen overall air pollution control. The release of this new standard sends a...

A funeral ceremony in Shanxi, China

Image | 2012-02-06 at 10:30

A funeral for a village woman nicknamed Chen in Mayi village, near Shentou Number 2 Power Plant in Shanxi province. Chen, who married into the Jia family, died peacefully on the 27th day of the 6th month of the lunar calendar. She was 92 years...

China must look to the EU energy roadmap which shows a clear path for renewables

Blog entry by Harri Lammi & Li Ang | 2011-12-20

The European Commission has published a roadmap exploring different energy pathways over the next 40 years. The calculations show that an energy system based largely on renewables and efficiency will cost taxpayers no more than a...

Greenpeace East Asia's top woman in climate and energy talks China's future

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-12-20

Li Yan is the head of Greenpeace East Asia's climate and energy team. She recently attended the Durban climate change talks , and in returning to Beijing spoke to The Diplomat about China's climate change policy and the direction...

While the world waits climate change already impacting China's rural poor

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-12-14

The issue of climate change is more pertinent than ever, and yet the recent Durban climate change talks hardly gave us the decisive action required. In fact what was "achieved" was a ten-year delay in global greenhouse pollution...

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