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Christine Xu, NRDC alum, Washington, D.C.

Christine Xu

Recent Posts

A Vacation Tainted by China's Toxic Air

Posted January 16, 2014 by Christine Xu

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Beijing is once again blanketed by record-setting air pollution -- the highest since last January’s “airpocalypse.” Levels of PM2.5 reached 671 micrograms Thursday morning, dramatically reducing visibility and prompting commuters to don industrial-strength face masks. In the past year, severe...continued

The Not-So-Appetizing Side of Mooncakes: Extreme Food and Packaging Material Waste

Posted September 18, 2013 by Christine Xu

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Today, I received a package in the office. When I saw where it was from, I half-jogged back to my desk so I could tear it apart and begin the once-in-a-year chance to eat none other than...Mooncakes! Mooncake is a...continued

True or False? Common Myths about Shark Fins.

Posted August 15, 2013 by Christine Xu

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Every summer, I, along with tens of millions of other Americans, wait in eager anticipation of the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week – a week-long program dedicated to all things sharks that has been airing since 1987. What is now the...continued

Extreme Weather is Here to Stay

Posted August 6, 2013 by Christine Xu

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“All weather events are affected by a warming planet,” said President Obama during his climate change speech on June 25th. June 25: President Obama wipes away sweat as he announces his new climate change plan in Washington, D.C. under 92...continued

Just Announced: U.S. Department of State Selects NRDC and Beijing as 2013 EcoPartnership Winners

Posted July 11, 2013 by Christine Xu

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Co-authored with Mona Yew, Deputy Director of NRDC’s China Program, and Mingming Liu. Today, the U.S. Department of State hosted the official ceremony to kick off a very exciting new project:  NRDC and Beijing Energy and Environment Protection Center (BEEC)...continued

Didn't Think China had Bottom-Up Activism? Think Again.

Posted July 8, 2013 by Christine Xu

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I was at the Woodrow Wilson International Center’s China Environment Forum recently to hear Ms. Wang Yongchen, a Chinese environmental reporter and activist, speak about dam construction and river pollution issues in China. I had never met Ms. Wang before...continued

In My Family, Food Rarely Goes Wasted

Posted June 21, 2013 by Christine Xu

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“Finish your rice or they’ll turn into pimples!” is how my family used to scare me and my cousins into licking our plates clean when we were little. I grew up in China with family members that lived through the...continued

This Spring in Beijing: Green Spaces Blossom Both Inside and Out

Posted May 7, 2013 by Christine Xu

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Spring has arrived and this year, the greenery is not just outdoors: NRDC’s office in Beijing has been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interior design (LEED-CI).    USGBC Sr. Fellow Mark Ginsberg in Beijing...continued

It's More Important Than Ever for China to Develop Sustainably

Posted April 19, 2013 by Christine Xu

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Those who have been following China’s pollution troubles are beginning to wonder whether China is killing itself in the process of pursuing rapid economic growth, and I don’t blame them. My colleagues and I have blogged extensively on the health...continued


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