Soil Pollution in China Still a State Secret Despite Recent Survey

By Angel Hsu and William Miao. This post originally appeared on Scientific American. On March 17, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Land and Resources released the first-ever results of a nationwide soil pollution survey that took place from 2005 to 2013. International media have commended the release, which revealed startling statistics such as […]

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Interactive Air-Pollution Map

(Hsu et al/The Atlantic) View full-screen map By Angel Hsu and Alisa Zomer. This post initially appeared on The Atlantic. In March, the World Health Organization estimated that air pollution was responsible for 7 million premature deaths in 2012. That’s one out of every eight total deaths in the world. Air quality has gotten worse over the […]

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Meitu, Chinese photo app, says “Goodbye to smog & embrace the blue skies!”

My friend Yang Chu alerted me to a recent update Meitu, the most popular Chinese photo-editing app, has made. It now includes a “desmog” filter that one can apply to photos to allow an embrace of “blue skies.” I tested the app using several photos of smog in China, and to my disappointment, it didn’t […]

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Development: Mobilize citizens to track sustainability

Check out our policy commentary, “Development: Mobilize citizens to track sustainability” on Nature.com and in the April 3 print edition of Nature, vol. 508. Also, check out the amazing infographic Anne Householder created to accompany the piece.

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China’s performance on the 2014 Environmental Performance Index – What are the key takeaways?

This piece was co-written with William Miao. It originally appeared on ChinaFAQs. Amidst headlines detailing off-the-charts air pollution in Beijing, it may come as a surprise that China’s latest environmental scorecard does boast bright spots. The 2014 Yale Environmental Performance Index (EPI) – a biennial global ranking of how well countries perform on a range […]

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China-India Smog Rivalry a Sign of Global Menace

This post originally appeared on Scientific American. It was co-written with Jason Daniel Schwartz.  Air pollution kills around 7 million people every year, accounting for one in eight deaths worldwide, according to a report from the World Heath Organization (WHO) released March 25. Thankfully, the problem is getting more media attention. Images of Beijing’s “Airpocalypse” were a staple of […]

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Do perceptions of environment match reality? Environmental Performance according to Google Autocomplete

This blog was originally posted on The Metric. It was co-written with Amy Weinfurter, MEM’15 at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Which countries have the reputation for being the most ‘environmentally-friendly,’ and does the perception match the reality? Two recent articles in Foreign Policy (“A map of China by stereotype”, March 4) […]

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