The Land

Summary: Red alert: Kofi Annan on the photos that capture our choking planet

Editor’s note: This is the best description we have come across summarising the current state of the planet.

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/04/kofi-annan-photos-capture-choking-planet-prix-pictet-space?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Could this 10-year-old fix Pakistan’s waste problem? (10.2017)

Linkhttp://www.bbc.com/news/business-40251360

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Summary: “What exactly is fracking, and should we be scared of it?” (09.2017)

Linkhttps://youtu.be/f11HbNmdouc

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Summary: ‘My job is to clean up the environment. China really wants to do that’ (09.2017)

Environmental lawyer James Thornton says China’s ‘ecological civilisation’ concept is the best response to the world’s environmental crisis

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/10/my-job-is-to-clean-up-the-environment-china-really-wants-to-do-that?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: We know how to reduce deforestation – so where’s the money? (07.2017)

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/jul/28/we-know-how-to-cut-deforestation-we-just-havent-got-the-money-to-do-it?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Watch your waste: The problem with airline food and packaging (07.2017)

Linkhttp://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/airlines-cabin-waste/index.html

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Summary: Activist art tackles palm oil industry  (07.2017)

An environmental art campaign is taking place on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Titled ‘Splash and Burn’, the artists want to address the devastating impact of palm oil and start a conversation about issues connected with the industry.

Linkhttp://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-40401593/activist-art-tackles-palm-oil-industry

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Summary: The latest threat to Antarctica: an insect and plant invasion (06.2017)

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/17/antarctica-insect-plant-invasion-house-flies-mosses-warmer-climate?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: While news focuses on elections or the economy, the bigger picture is that our world is being tragically and massively denuded of non-human forms of life (05.2017)

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/13/where-insects-extinction-world-denuded-life?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Buddha’s birthplace faces serious air pollution threat (05.2017)

Linkhttp://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39772099

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Summary: Do You Live Near Toxic Waste? See 1,317 of the Most Polluted Spots in the U.S (03.2017)

Linkhttp://time.com/4695109/superfund-sites-toxic-waste-locations/

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Summary: Council on Foreign Relations: China’s Environmental Crisis (01.2016)

Linkhttps://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/chinas-environmental-crisis

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Summary: How Does a Modern Landfill Work?

Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC1u6rJkyzA

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Summary: Video Field Trip – Landfill – Florida, USA

Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA608GJ-EzM

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Summary: A Day in the Life of Your Garbage and Recyclables [Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer Station (aka the SMaRT Station) in Sunnyvale, CA]

Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOpYa5OKGgY

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Summary: Recent aerial photographs of extensive pollution at industrial sites in northern China have caused a public outcry, and calls for action from the authorities.

Linkhttp://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-39715582

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Summary: Nitrogen run-off from industrial agriculture] is choking the waterworks and the Gulf of Mexico. It is causing oxygen deprivation in Northwest Iowa glacial lakes. It has caused the expenditure of millions upon millions trying to clean up Storm Lake, the victim of more than a century of explosive soil erosion.

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/11/tiny-family-run-iowa-newspaper-wins-pulitzer-for-taking-on-agriculture-companies

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Summary: Canada, which represents one half of 1% of the planet’s population, is claiming the right to sell the oil that will use up a third of the earth’s remaining carbon budget.

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/17/stop-swooning-justin-trudeau-man-disaster-planet?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: The west’s throwaway culture has spread waste worldwide

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/13/waste-plastic-food-packaging-recycling-throwaway-culture-dave-hall?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: The drought in Somalia is the most severe in living memory. Two years have gone by without rain. Cattle are dead, wells dry and fields empty.

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/20/weve-never-seen-this-drought-this-disease-famine-looms-in-somalia?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at reducing restrictions on oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic in order to “unleash American energy” (29.04.17)

Linkhttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39753223

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Solutions

Summary: Circular economy: Ikea’s solution to peak stuff? Invest in plastics recycling plant  (05.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/may/15/ikea-peak-stuff-plastics-recycling-renewables?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: China’s environmental clean-up to have big impact on industry (05.2017)

Link: https://www.ft.com/content/e22dd988-3ed9-11e7-9d56-25f963e998b2

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Summary: China approves new guideline on environmental improvements (11.2016)

Link: http://english.gov.cn/premier/news/2016/11/17/content_281475493272618.htm

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Summary: Long a symbol of ill-conceived urban planning and environmental negligence, Rio de Janeiro’s Jardim Gramacho dump is being transformed into a vast facility that will harness the greenhouse gases generated by the rotting rubbish and turn them into fuel capable of heating homes and powering cars.

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/rio-shuts-down-its-trash-mountain-7813517.html

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Special focus

TopicChina and the Environment

News about China and the Environment, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

Linkhttps://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/china-and-the-environment?mcubz=0