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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-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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Call for Submissions: 2014 EPI Seeking Data for Wastewater Treatment

The United Nations has officially designated 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. In response to this global call for action, the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) team is seeking to improve upon its water indicators for the 2014 edition, which will be released in January. Over the years, we’ve attempted to measure country-level performance on […]

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China’s 12th Five-Year Plan Lays Out Ambitious Blueprint, But Data Challenges Remain

This post originally appeared on the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy blog. In March, China released its 12th Five-Year Plan – a blueprint outlining the key economic and development targets for the country over the next few years.  Unlike previous Plans, climate change and energy are featured prominently, and a strong emphasis is […]

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Chinese NGO releases Air Quality Transparency Index

The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and Renmin University School of Law recently published the first version of what they’ve deemed the Air Quality Transparency Index (AQTI; available in Chinese only for now).  Building off of similar indices aimed to gauge the availability and access of environmental information, such as the Pollution Information Transparency […]

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Real-time, hourly air quality data in China now available

China’s National Environmental Monitoring Center (CNEMC) now has real-time, hourly air quality data for 113 major Chinese cities. Concentrations in (mg/m3) are reported for major pollutants sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and particulate matter (PM10, particles with a diameter of 10 microns or less).

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Google’s Earth Engine Officially Launched at COP-16 in Cancun

While climate negotiators were busy discussing the role of forests in the Cancun climate negotiations, Google was launching its Earth Engine –  a practical tool to help countries obtain information about their forests, which are critical carbon sinks, easily and freely. I originally wrote about the advantages of a tool like Earth Engine back in March. To […]

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