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.
MAY 2008 - The EU-China Trade Project published an English translation of the draft food safety law available for public comment
CEF Coordinator Publishes Article in the Jamestown Foundation's China Brief on China's Growing Water Woes
DECEMBER 2006 - China's Water Woes Addressed by Dr. Turner
Bamboo Sprouts After the Rain: The History of University Student Environmental Associations in China by Lu Hongyan
In a new poll conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org in September, an overwhelming 96% of Chinese said that at the conference in Copenhagen their government should be "willing to commit to limiting its greenhouse gas emissions" as part of an agreement. Seventy-eight percent of Chinese also said that "dealing with the problem of climate change should be given priority, even if it causes slower economic growth and some loss of jobs."
This new research brief analyzes the short- and long-term impact of hydropower development in Vietnam and Cambodia, and its relationship with China.
AUGUST 2008 - Dr. Turner is interviewed with Michelle Chan of Pacific Environment on Terre Verde, an environmentalradio show that airs in the San Francisco Bay area.
APRIL 2007 - Dr. Jennifer Turner and Linden Ellis coauthor article "China's Growing Ecological Footprint"