PM2.5 targets alone won’t solve China’s smog problem

This post originally appeared on China Dialogue. The photo is by Han Zun Zeng on Flickr.com. China’s leaders drafting the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) should remember that targets are only one tool for tackling air pollution. As China’s policymakers mull the contents of the country’s next Five-Year Plan, chinadialogue has been asking a range of […]

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5 Things UN Negotiators Should Do to Ensure the SDGs Are Measurable

This post was co-written with Whitney Johnson, a Master of Environmental Management (MEM’16) candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. It originally appeared on Huffington Post. What can be done to ensure that countries can both measure and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, those that apply to environmental sustainability? As […]

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Making Sense of ‘Non-State’ Climate Actions: NRDC and Oxford Host Workshop to Discuss Global Platform

With countries aiming to negotiate a new global climate deal by the end of 2015, there are concerns as to whether such an agreement will be sufficiently ambitious to prevent dangerous global temperature rise. Such ambition hinges not only upon national government action at the international level, but at different scales as well, including sub-national, non-state, and […]

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China’s soil pollution crisis still buried in mystery

This post originally appeared on China Dialogue.  Despite the recent release of data on soil pollution, we are far from having the complete picture, argue Angel Hsu and Andrew Moffat. China’s release of a first nationwide soil pollution survey earlier this yearwas met with international praise but also raised further questions. While domestic media asserted soil […]

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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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