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Alex Wang, NRDC Alum, Beijing, China

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Documentary on China's environment nominated for an Oscar

Posted January 31, 2011 by Alex Wang in Curbing Pollution, Greening China

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Warriors of Qiugang, the excellent short documentary on China’s environment that I blogged about earlier this month, has been nominated for an Oscar.  As I mentioned in my previous post, this film is required viewing if you want to understand...continued

The Warriors of Qiugang - A New Documentary on the Struggle to Save China's Environment

Posted January 11, 2011 by Alex Wang in Curbing Pollution, Greening China

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A great deal has been written about the struggles to resolve China’s overwhelming environmental problems, but I have seen no better or more visceral portrayal of these issues than The Warriors of Qiugang, a short documentary film by Academy Award-winners...continued

Progress and Retreat for Environmental Transparency in China: Announcing the 2009-10 Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI) Results

Posted December 31, 2010 by Alex Wang in Curbing Pollution, Greening China

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Environmental transparency in China showed both progress and retreat over the past year, and many implementation challenges still remain.  This was one of the overall findings of the second annual Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI), which the Institute of Public...continued

Farewell to Liang Congjie, founder of China's first environmental NGO

Posted November 3, 2010 by Alex Wang in Greening China

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This blog is co-authored with Barbara Finamore. This past week Liang Congjie, one of the founders of Friends of Nature (FON) and the godfather of China’s environmental movement, passed away.  The establishment in 1994 of FON, China’s first legally registered...continued

What to make of China's efforts to meet its energy intensity targets

Posted October 21, 2010 by Alex Wang in Greening China

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Adam Moser at Vermont Law School’s China Environmental Governance blog drew a contrast between a blog post of mine discussing China’s efforts to meet its energy targets, and a post by Michael Levi at the Council on Foreign Relations positing...continued

China Looks to the U.S. to Learn From the Clean Air Act, Even as Some in the U.S. Seek to Dismantle It.

Posted October 18, 2010 by Alex Wang in Curbing Pollution, Greening China

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It is remarkable that the U.S. Clean Air Act is under attack these days.  Have we come to take the blue skies in the U.S. so for granted that magazines are running columns with titles like “Clean Air Act: Defend...continued

Announcing the Release of the Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI) in English

Posted October 12, 2010 by Alex Wang in Greening China

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We are pleased to release the English version of our 2008-09 Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI), a collaboration between the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  As you may recall, PITI is...continued

China: Racing Toward the Finish Line on its Energy and Environmental Targets

Posted October 7, 2010 by Alex Wang in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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I am in Tianjin this week for the climate talks, and the mood, compared to Copenhagen, has been subdued.  In contrast, all around China government officials and factory owners are working themselves into a frenzy to meet their share of...continued

Huo Daishan recipient of 2010 Ramon Magsaysay Award

Posted August 17, 2010 by Alex Wang in Greening China

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NRDC would like to congratulate our partner Huo Daishan for being named as one of the recipients of the 2010 Ramon Magsaysay Award, known to many as Asia’s Nobel Prize.  Mr. Huo has been a passionate advocate for the Huai River,...continued

The Rivers Run Red: what can we learn from the recent spate of environmental accidents in China?

Posted August 3, 2010 by Alex Wang in Greening China

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It has been a horrible month for China’s environment.  Last week while workers in northeast China pulled more than 3,000 barrels - each containing 170 kilograms (374 lbs.) of flammable chemicals - out of the Songhua River, a plastics factory...continued

Assessing the State of Environmental Transparency in China

Posted June 7, 2010 by Alex Wang in Greening China

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I was in Weihai (en), a 2.5 million person city in eastern Shandong Province, last month to talk about environmental transparency with more than 50 government officials and scholars from around China.  As far as I am aware, this is...continued

Chinese officials talk environmental and climate governance at the National People’s Congress meetings

Posted March 16, 2010 by Alex Wang in Greening China

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As I’ve blogged about before, one of the keys to fighting China’s pollution problem is strengthening China’s environmental governance system. This is a view not just held by environmentalists, but one that is also held by a growing number of...continued

China and Copenhagen: Resolutions for 2010

Posted January 6, 2010 by Alex Wang in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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This blog was co-authored with Barbara Finamore and Alvin Lin. The thrust and parry of the post-Copenhagen blame game reached a fever pitch just before the holidays with a number of media articles suggesting that China was responsible for an...continued

Copenhagen in Pictures - Time to Step Up to an Agreement (UPDATED)

Posted December 18, 2009 by Alex Wang in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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[Update (3:25pm local time): Wen and Obama both spoke this morning and we are clearly not yet at an agreement.  Wen's talk contained important language about transparency, international dialogue and cooperative exchange.  Obama emphasized that "We are ready to get this...continued

Copenhagen Week One Wrap-Up

Posted December 15, 2009 by Alex Wang in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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One week down, an agreement to go.  The first week at Copenhagen was intense in and out of the Bella Center.  Inside, thousands of government bureaucrats and staffers mixed with thousands of environmental advocates, researchers, students, journalists, bloggers and a...continued

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