China pollution

China pollution

Latest news and analysis about the degradation of the air quality, water, marine environment and soil in China.

China’s KFC and Pizza Hut plan drastic cut in plastics
The Chinese operator of KFC and Pizza Hut wants to start using paper straws and biodegradable packaging to cut plastic usage by almost one third over the next five years. Yum China Holdings, one of China’s largest restaurant operators, intends to phase out non-degradable plastic bags and cutlery at all its KFC restaurants in mainland China by the end of 2025 and eliminate non-degradable bags from its Pizza Hut stores by the end of 2022. The overall aim is to achieve a 30% reduction in non-degradable plastic packaging by weight via a series of initiatives. “As a result of these initiatives, Yum China expects a reduction of approximately 8,000 tons in non-degradable plastics annually starting
Green push a rare bright spot for Chinese diplomacy
China has doubled down on its environmental diplomacy, making pledges on global issues such as climate change and biodiversity and projecting itself as a world leader. In his address to the United Nations General Assembly last month, President Xi Jinping said China would reach peak carbon emissions before 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060. The pledge was welcomed by the international community. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she welcomed China’s ambition to curb emissions and achieve carbon neutrality, but said there was still a lot of work to be done. Another landmark moment for China in the international environmental arena is in May, when the country is expec
China is banning plastic bags this year
China will ban non-degradable plastic bags in supermarkets and shopping malls in major cities by the end of 2020, according to the country’s state planner. The National Development and Reform Commission announced on January 19 that the plan will also include phasing out disposable plastic containers, utensils and courier packages from the country’s ubiquitous online shopping and food delivery industry.
Beijing’s infamous smog may be a thing of the past
Beijing’s air quality has improved significantly since the start of the “war on pollution” seven years ago, according to official figures. In 2019, the capital’s average concentration of PM2.5 – the most harmful small particles and a key indicator of air pollution – fell to their lowest levels since its air quality monitoring network started operating in 2013. The 2019 average concentration of 42 micrograms per cubic meter was 53% lower than the 2013 figure of 89.5, according to the municipal ecology and environment bureau. The average concentration of PM10 particles and nitrogen dioxide were 68 and 37 micrograms per cubic meter, both in line with national targets. Although some pollution l
Justice of a kind for victims in a first-ever lead poisoning case
After a four-year legal battle, seven families in central China have reached a settlement with a chemical company over lead exposure to their children. The case is a rare success story for victims of industrial pollution in China, and it potentially shows a path for other claimants to seek justice for the adverse consequences of China’s relentless growth over the last few decades. It was the first lead poisoning case in China to have gone through the entire judicial process before a settlement was reached.   Lead poisoning cases have been widespread in China. For example, between January 2009 and May 2011, there were at least 17 incidents of factories with lead poisoning alone, according to
Face masks on: pollution is back in Beijing
After a winter of clear blue skies, pollution is back in the Chinese capital, with air quality returning to its usual hazardous levels. Thick smog and sandstorms are blanketing Beijing. Pedestrians are once again pulling out masks and scarves to cover their faces when they venture out. Here’s what Beijing residents and visitors are saying about the pollution. Pollution particles Beijing authorities issued a fourth-level Blue pollution alert after PM levels rose on Wednesday. PM, which stands for particulate matter, are tiny drops of polluting matter that can cause serious health problems when ingested. The smaller the size, the more dangerous the particle. On Wednesday morning, the average