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list of china environment newsletters, news aggregators, and news translators

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I subscribe to a number of different China environment-related newsletters, news aggregators, and news translators. Here is a list of the ones I follow; please add more in the comments section if you have additional recommendations. I have also added these in a permanent list on the right side of this blog.

Environmental China, compiled weekly by the Professional Association for China’s Environment (PACE) in conjunction with China Dialogue.

Air Quality, Energy, Transport, and Climate Change in China, the weekly e-newsletter of the CAI-Asia China Project.

China Environment Brief, translated and compiled every few days by Green Earth Volunteers.

Recent China Environmental Law, Public Participation, and Climate Change News, translated and compiled approximately weekly by the NRDC’s Beijing office and the China Environmental Culture Promotion Association.

China Environmental News Roundup, compiled approximately weekly by the Vermont Law School’s US-China Partnership for Environmental Law.

APECC Monthly Newsletter on cars, energy, and the environment in China, published monthly by the Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET).

updated blogroll – china faqs and myhealthbeijing

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The beginning of the year is always a good time to reset and renew, and I’ve started by reviewing my blogroll. I’ve now made two China Environment Blog sections; one for current (e.g. updated in the last six months), and one for older blogs that aren’t being updated regularly but still have valuable information archived. I hope this helps readers more efficiently identify good sources of new analysis.

Two notable additions to the blogroll:

ChinaFAQs, a new web project from the World Resources Institute featuring excellent information and commentary;

MyHealthBeijing, a blog written by Beijing-based family doctor Richard Saint Cyr, who frequently writes about air pollution. His posts contain both excellent commentary as well as links to scientific research, especially on health impacts. Last October, he posted this terrific presentation he gave with an overview of air pollution in Beijing and what the health risks are:

welcome to the new livefrombeijing

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Welcome to the new livefrombeijing.

Unlike my old blog (, this new site should be accessible all over mainland China and will hopefully remain that way. Plus, having my own domain opens up some cool possibilities for future site development, should I have the time to realize a few ideas I have brewing.

In the meantime, for now, this site should be functionally very similar to the old one. The primary difference (outside of the url change and accessability within mainland China), is the addition of pages in addition to pure blog posts. I’ve migrated the contents of two oft-updated posts (list of Chinese energy and environmental standards for vehicles and reports repository) to pages, and expect that over time I will be creating more.

Also, for those of you who subscribe, please note the new feed:

It took a long time to update all the images and inner-blog links from blogspot to the new domain. I may have overlooked some, though, so if you are within mainland China and come across a missing image / broken link, I would appreciate it if you would let me know either in the comments or by e-mail: livefrombeijing at gmail dot com.

It will also take me some time to complete the full transition to using wordpress smoothly (not to mention some time to catch up on all the posts I have wanted to write over the past few weeks),  so I appreciate your continued patience!

Enjoy the new site, and please do get in touch with comments or questions.



livefrombeijing is under construction

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


I am doing some site maintenance (and have been really busy), so my posting will likely be light for the next little while.

For the record, this is not “maintenance” as related specifically to the massive information control currently occurring in China as a result of the protests / riots in Xinjiang. The maintenance I am doing is, however, related to the fact that blogspot (including this blog), has been blocked in China since mid-May. Especially given the events of the last two days, it seems unlikely that China will unblock blogspot for some time; therefore, I am in the process of setting up a new blog and migrating my posts.

With Twitter blocked again as of Sunday night, I was a little disappointed to see the BeijingAir feed tweet about “routine maintenance”:

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A more appropriate tweet would be “Site is currently under routine harmonization. Please refer to the last available reading.”

Lastly, here is some recent news reading / placeholders for future commentary:

7/2 China Daily: Beijing air cleanest in 9 years
7/3 Time blog: Cleaner Skies in Beijing
7/4 Xinhua: Chinese Minister refutes doubts over air quality results during Olympics
7/6 CELB: Beijing Makes Straw Man of Paper Tiger


Friday, September 5th, 2008

A couple of quick disclaimers regarding information on this blog:

1) The opinions I share on this blog are mine alone, and do not represent those of my past or current employer (who I have not named here).

2) The analysis I present on this blog has not been peer-reviewed (unless otherwise noted), and should generally be considered back-of-the-envelope data explorations intended to promote discussion, not rigorous scientific analysis. I will, however, cite original data sources and explain assumptions and reasoning as much as possible, in case others want to verify my analysis and/or take it further.

Please feel free to link to or cite information on this blog, but if you do I ask that you stay mindful of the above two points.

If you have any questions, please contact me at livefrombeijing at gmail dot com.