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News Roundup — August

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News Roundup — July

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Some of the latest news from the wide world of waste: July 2012.


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August 5th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

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Dirty Truth about China’s Incinerators

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139_incinerationOriginally published at China Dialogue and featured in the Guardian Environmental Network.

China’s “clean” trash-burning plants have a dark underside. Stuffed with coal, many operate like fossil-fired power stations, only more laxly governed.

Xie Yong could be called a pioneer. He is one of very few to date to sue a Chinese government agency over its unlawful refusal of requested data. His crusade for change has little to do with civic altruism, however. Xie’s struggle is personal in nature, his actions forced by desperation. He has been battling his son’s paralysis-causing epileptic seizures and mounting health care costs since 2010. His son’s condition, Xie believes, is the result of toxic emissions from an incineration plant near his home.
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July 27th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

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中国垃圾焚烧发电:绿色背后的黑暗

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Originally published in China Dialogue.

中国“清洁”的垃圾焚烧发电厂有着黑暗的另一面,这里大量烧煤,许多工厂的运作方式和化石燃料的发电厂差不多,只不过管理更松懈。

谢勇堪称为一名先锋,因为他是中国为数不多的因为政府机构拒绝提供数据而将政府告上法庭的人。然而,他要求改变现状的行动却并非出于为了公众的利他主义, 而是出于个人原因,是一种由绝望而导致的抗争。自从2010年以来,谢勇一直在为儿子的脑瘫而奔走,这种病不仅让孩子的癫痫不断发作,随之而来的医疗费用 也在不断攀升 。谢勇坚信,儿子的病症是他家附近的一家垃圾焚烧发电厂的有毒排放造成的。
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July 27th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

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News Roundup — June

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Some of the latest news from the wide world of waste: June 2012.


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http://www.benningtonbanner.com/ci_20809403/vermont-governor-signs-statewide-recycling-bill

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July 27th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

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Energizing a Discussion on China’s Waste Issues

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Following a presentation I gave at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars’ China Environment Forum on Energizing China’s Waste last week, I was quite pleased to see these two articles surface on the topic:

Forbes’ David Ferris writes “China’s ‘Waste to Power’ Plants Burn More Coal than Trash

Editor of Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy Ethan Goffman writes “China Leads the World…in Garbage

Perhaps the issue will start to get more deserved attention. In the meantime, I’ll keep on trucking….

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June 20th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

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News Roundup — May

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News Roundup — 19 April – 2 May

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News Roundup — 22 March – 4 April

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April 6th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

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News Roundup — 8 – 21 March

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News Roundup — 23 February – 7 March

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March 7th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

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Greenwashing in China: an Indictment

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CSR Asia and Southern Weekend (aka Nanfang Zhoumo) deserve ample praise for an insightful recent post addressing “Greenwashing in China,”  available here.

The post especially resonated with your’s truly, as it echoes much of what I attempted to convey in the “Dirty Side of China’s Clean Growth.” In particular the last point, referenced here:


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February 29th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

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The Dirty Side of China’s Clean Growth (Part 2 of 2)

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China’s leading waste-to-energy developer, China Everbright, has received more than US$200 million vis-a-vis Asian Development Bank’s commitment to funding companies with above average environmental goals. It’s a great idea on paper. However, flaccid environmental reporting standards in China and worrying trends in the incineration sector reveal a moral hazard in international institutions’ move to capitalize the private sector. Growing segments of China’s population are beginning to demand transparency and accountability from China’s cleantech sector. Will principled organizations like the Asian Development Bank follow their example?


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February 27th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

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News Roundup — 9 – 22 February

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February 22nd, 2012 at 6:27 pm

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The Dirty Side of China’s Clean Growth (Part 1 of 2)

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China’s leading waste-to-energy developer, China Everbright, has received more than US$200 million vis-a-vis Asian Development Bank’s commitment to funding companies with above average environmental goals. It’s a great idea on paper. However, flaccid environmental reporting standards in China and worrying trends in the incineration sector reveal a moral hazard in international institutions’ move to capitalize the private sector. Growing segments of China’s population are beginning to demand transparency and accountability from China’s cleantech sector. Will principled organizations like the Asian Development Bank follow their example?


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