Environment China

A show about the people behind environmental protection in China. In-depth interviews on urgent topics, new ideas, and innovative solutions from professionals in the environmental field in China. Produced in collaboration with the Beijing Energy Network.

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Environment China is a bi-weekly podcast from the Beijing Energy Network (BEN), a grassroots organization created to help understand and tackle China’s energy and environmental challenges. The podcast features conversations with advocates, entrepreneurs, and experts and aims to highlight innovative solutions for improving China’s environment. We explore how they do their work, what strategies and solutions they have found, and why now is the right time for real and positive progress for China’s environment.
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"Environment China" Goes on an EV Road Trip!

This week we join past guest and recent host, Anders Hove, for a journey to Inner Mongolia, Northern California, and Central Europe, where he recently tested the charging infrastructure on three long-distance electric vehicle road trips. We examine how...

Preview of COP 25 with Li Shuo

Li Shuo, Senior Global Policy Advisor at Greenpeace East Asia, gives a preview of the biggest issues on the table at the climate COP (Conference of the Parties) this year in Madrid, and what role China will likely play in the proceedings.  Li Shuo's of...

China Data Centers and Renewable Energy, an Interview with Ye Ruiqi

China's data centers currently consume over 2% of China's electricity production and that share is growing quickly. In today's episode, we sit down with Greenpeace East Asia's Ye Ruiqi to discuss how some companies are turning to renewable energy to me...

Guide to China Climate Policy with Columbia's David Sandalow

Professor David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy. Prior to Columbia, David served in senior positions in the US government – at the White House, State Department and US Department of Energy. He’s ...

God Made the Country, and Man Made the Town

We sit down to talk about the recent history and far future of urban planning and design in China and worldwide with Sebastian Ibold, Project Director for the project Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport, GIZ. Sebastian has a rich past life ...

Plant-Forward and Backward in China

As the way China eats transforms, food activism and education are rising to address these changes. This week’s episode of Environment China collaborates with Erwin Li of Chewing the Fat, a podcast from Yale’s sustainable food program, to interview Zhou...

Will China Save the Planet?

With the U.S. announcing its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and China now embracing the concept of global climate governance, it’s easy to forget that 20 years ago, discussion of climate change in China was almost nonexistent. One perso...

Live from the Bookworm! The biggest environmental stories of 2018

Environment China is back from hibernation with a series of new interviews! First up, today’s episode was recorded live at the Beijing Bookworm International Literary Festival. It was an honor to be invited back for the second year in a row to host a p...

Summer Break 2018!

You may be wondering, "Hey! Why has my Environment China feed been so quiet recently!?".  Well, we are taking an end-of-summer break.  We'll be back in one to two months with new episodes, and some exciting news about future developments with our podca...


马天杰,中外对话北京运营副主编。加入中外对话之前,他担任绿色和平中国大陆项目总监。他于2009年取得美利坚大学国际环境政策硕士学位。他的英文博客Panda Paw, Dragon Claw (中文名:萌猛哒) 致力于从主流媒体以外的视角去记录和分析中国海外投资的足迹。 如果您有兴趣关注中外对话,请登录中外对话官网 https://www.chinadialogue.net/ 如果您有兴趣阅读Panda Paw, Dragon Claw 博客, 请点击 https://pandapawdragonc...

LIVE Episode! "Podcasting in the 'Jing"

This week, we have a special episode that was recorded LIVE in Beijing at an event on July 5th.  Environment China hosted an evening panel discussion on the growing trend of podcasting and podcasters in Beijing.  We were joined by hosts and producers f...


“十三五”煤控目标如何实现,“一带一路”建设如何促进绿色发展,是目前中国能源环境问题的两个重要焦点。华北电力大学袁家海教授作为电力经济和电力低碳转型的专家,从电力发展的角度就以上问题开展了深度研究。在这期节目中,袁教授将通过实地调研案例,与我们分享他在 “十三五”电力行业控煤政策研究以及“一带一路”绿色电力合作研究中的发现。如果希望进一步阅读相关研究成果,可以在网络上搜索《持续推进电力改革 提高可再生能源消纳》,下载这份报告。 Our guest this episode is Professor...

Can Blockchain be Green?

In today’s episode, we check the millennial box and take a look at blockchain -- and its energy implications. Alarming headlines came out earlier this year charting the rising energy consumption of Bitcoin and tracing the majority of its mining operati...

左手科研 右手实践——中国生态保护的草根创变者

在国际NGO“野生动植物保护国际”负责具体的研究项目几年之后,木兰科植物研究者赵兴峰和灵长类动物研究者宋晴川认为对动植物的保护比起研究更加紧迫。随着中国生态文明建设的不断深入,兴峰和晴川与几个志同道合的朋友共同创立了社会企业“大戟自然”,希望利用自己的科研背景、国际NGO的工作经验以及商业化的模式,为中国大大小小的自然保护地提供管理运营的解决方案。如果希望进一步了解大戟自然,可以关注“大戟自然”的微信公众号。   Our guests for this episode are Song Qingc...

Turning Smog into Diamonds: Environmental Art in China

What if we could turn smog into diamonds? This seemingly far-fetched idea is actually not so far from reality: a Dutch designer recently installed a tower in one of Beijing's most well-known art districts which does exactly that. While the installation...



How to be Zero Waste in China

Meet Joe and Carrie, the couple spreading the zero waste gospel in China. The dynamic duo opened the first zero waste store, “The Bulk House”, in China this year, selling products to help others live the zero waste lifestyle they adhere to. In today’s ...


过去几年来越来越多的人讨论或参与生态旅行,但什么才是真正的负责任旅行呢?罗鹏是倡导负责任旅行企业生地行的创始人。过去五年来,她坚持自然教育,认为保护自然在于行动和育人。她为在城市生活的小朋友提供亲近自然、深入动植物保护地的机会,同时还为偏远保护区的少数民族文化保护与传承、农村经济发展等提供了良性循环、多方受益的解决方案。如果想了解更多有关生地行的故事,可以关注微信公众号ecoaction。 Our guest for this episode is LUO Peng, founder of E...

Legal Weapons in China’s War on Pollution

In 2016, eight companies that had dumped untreated waste in the Tengger Desert were sued by NGOs. China’s Supreme People’s Court ruled that a lower court in Ningxia was liable to accept the case, and the decision eventually resulted in an environmental...


水质问题尤其是农村地区的水质问题一直都是大家关注的焦点,然而这些问题到底是什么,是什么引起的,带来了什么影响,如何去解决是千村千面,各不相同的。任晓媛和她创立的MyH2O水信息平台希望倡导公民科学意识,通过在地大学生、环保社团、返乡青年和当地居民等进行实地调研,了解问题,搭建水质信息平台,为农村对接饮水安全资源,至今已集结各地团队走入近千村庄收集水安全信息。如果希望进一步了解晓媛的水信息平台,可以关注微信公众号MyH2O。 Our guest for this episode is Xiaoyua...

Conserving Water Along China's Old Silk Road

Over 600 million Chinese people live in water-stressed regions. And perhaps nowhere are China's water challenges more acute than in the dusty farm-town regions of Xinjiang, along China's old Silk Road. This episode follows a 2000-year journey to hear t...


南太平洋的巴布亚新几内亚拥有亚太地区尚存最大的热带雨林。现代史上规模最大的土地掠夺也在这片土地上发生。2014年至2016年间,全球见证追踪了一条从巴新森林到美国零售店的供应链,总计约九千英里(1.4万公里)。全球木材贸易导致了古老的巴新雨林被非法砍伐、环境遭受破坏、原住民的生活受到侵犯。全球见证的亚太森林项目负责人殷贝贝做客环境中国,追寻着雨林木的足迹,为大家讲述巴新非法木材贸易的故事。 Papua New Guinea  has the largest rain forestry in Asi...

Healthy Diet, Healthy Planet

Solar panels and wind turbines are probably the first things that come to mind when you think of solutions to climate change. A less prominent but equally critical solution is adopting a plant-based diet. Studies show that the meat industry contributes...



Treating Healthcare's Environmental Side Effects

Doctors abide by a millennia-old Hippocratic oath to “do no harm.” This oath usually refers to patient care, but today’s guest thinks the motto should extend to the environmental standards of the healthcare industry as well. Zhao Ang is the co-founder ...

Cats Without Borders: Conserving Snow Leopards

Have you ever crossed frozen rivers to climb 4,000-meter ridges in search of snow leopards? This is a normal day "in the office" for Dr Justine Shanti Alexander. As a Regional Ecologist for the Snow Leopard Trust, Justine supports snow leopard research...

Live! From the Bookworm! The Biggest Stories from 2017

Since Environment China launched in early 2017, there has already been significant change in China’s energy, environment, and climate landscape. In this episode, recorded as a live panel as part of the Bookworm International Literary Festival, we focus...

Fashion Forward: Greening China's Apparel Manufacturing

Many consumers don’t realize that apparel manufacturing can be hugely polluting — and especially so to the environment in China, where roughly half of the world’s textiles are produced. Luckily, there are many easy ways for factories to cut down on ene...

Playing Serious Games for Policy Change

China is a country with over 600 million gamers. What if all of this game playing could lead to good? With its Serious Games Initiative, the DC-based Wilson Center is working to communicate science and policy complexities through the world’s most dynam...

Air Quality Innovations: Finding Data in the Smog

Beijing's smoggy air has sparked a wave of creativity, giving rise to a range of products that aim to protect the public and their health. One innovative start-up, Kaiterra (formerly known as Origins), creates portable, high-accuracy monitors that meas...

A Slice of Sustainability: China's first F&B B Corp

Jade Gray set out with a mission to create the “Patagonia of Pizza.” Originally from New Zealand, today’s guest has pioneered sustainable entrepreneurship in Beijing over the past two decades. He is the co-founder of Gung Ho! Ventures, which includes t...

Winter Break!

Environment China is on winter break this week! We will be back in two weeks' time, with our regular schedule of episodes and interviews with environmental professionals in China. In the meantime... we hope that you are enjoying your holidays and the n...

做环境记者是一种怎样的体验呢?—— 采访澎湃新闻石毅


Oh Dam! Pumping Sustainability into Chinese Hydropower Investments

China has a lot of dams – about 87,000 of them — and has almost one half of the world’s large dams, including the largest, the Three Gorges Dam. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that China’s hydro companies were among the first wave of Chinese companies t...

Every Bite Counts!资深食品安全工作者如何看待中国农业与食物的未来


Following the Belt and Road to COP

During the recent international climate talks in Bonn, Environment China partnered with chinadialogue to produce an episode on China’s Belt and Road in the context of the climate conference. China’s Belt and Road Initiative, an overseas investment and ...


网购和外卖极大地便利了我们的生活,但快递包装所消耗的资源和带来的垃圾却是一场生态浩劫。本期环境中国的嘉宾余元过着一种没有网购和外卖的“原始”生活,今天她来给大家讲讲她“不剁手”的极简生活方式。 余元 (Carrie) 是一位在北京创业的武汉女孩。她酷爱户外活动,崇尚极简主义。在践行极简生活方式的旅程中,她认识到了零浪费(zero waste)的生活方式,并创办了自己的社会企业The Bulk House/好思。在北京,余元主办了大大小小的工作坊和分享活动来倡导零浪费的生活方式,如果您对她的活动感兴...

Bonn Voyage, Part 2: Inside COP Negotiations

Episode 2 of 3 of our miniseries on COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Our Chinese-language episodes will be returning in the following week.   Maybe you’ve heard of the Paris Agreement, the Kyoto Protocol, or even the ignominious Copenhagen summit. But only the ...

Bonn Voyage, Part 1: Voices of COP23

How many cops does it take to screw in a climate lightbulb? At least 23? This last week, Bonn, Germany, hosted the 23rd "Conference of the Parties" (COP23) -- the latest iteration of the UN climate negotiations that have dragged on since the early 1990...

Battle of the Brands: Greening Global Supply Chains

Which company has a greener supply chain in China: Apple or Dell? Mobike or Ofo? Puma or Nike?     China is often referred to as the “workshop of the world,” producing around a quarter of the world’s manufacturing output by value. But along with China’...


垃圾是人们生产和生活消费的必然产物。近年来,中国城市和农村人们生活水平的提高对垃圾处理容量带来了巨大的挑战。垃圾处理系统就好比是家庭的卫生间,直接决定着我们的健康、卫生和生活质量。 从垃圾处理水平最高的国家和地区的经验来看,无论使用多么先进的技术来焚烧、填埋或者堆肥,源头的垃圾减量和有效回收才是处理垃圾问题的关键。我们的嘉宾陈立雯是一名一线的环保工作者,她从国外留学归来之后扎根在中国农村,帮助村民建立起了垃圾分类的生态管理系统。今天的节目中她会为大家分享她在南峪村实施垃圾分类项目的故事、感悟以及她...

Reeling in China's 'Trash Fish' Problem

Over the past 50 years, overfishing has caused China’s domestic catch to shift from a focus on high-value, mature fish to catching massive numbers of low-value fish. The smallest and most juvenile of these are often referred to as ‘trash fish,’ as they...



Antarctic Ambitions: Environmental Education for China's Youth

Most of China’s youth are being raised in urban jungles, with little chance to experience and understand the earth’s tremendous ecosystems. But one intrepid environmentalist from Shandong wanted to see Antarctica so badly she started a crowdfunding cam...



Bamboo: the Green and Great Grass

To curb climate change, we need not only to reduce carbon emissions, but also to actively suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. That's where bamboo comes in. It turns out that bamboo is more than a snack for pandas; it's also an excellent carbon s...


近年来,气候变化毋庸置疑已经成为了全球热点话题。此前中美两国在应对气候变化方面的双边合作以及各自国内政策吸引了广泛的关注。然而随着不久前美国总统特朗普宣布退出《巴黎协定》,局面又有了新的发展。同时另一方面,中国设立气候变化南南合作基金,积极开展合作项目。无论是中美对话还是南南合作,中国本土NGO都在其中发挥了重要作用。 今天做客环境中国播客的嘉宾是来自全球环境研究所GEI的常务秘书季琳。季琳所在的GEI是一家成立于2004年的中国本土非营利性组织,曾积极参与并推动中美两国气候变化的二轨对话,同时...

Carbon Exchanges: California & China

The California-China climate relationship has been thrust into the spotlight since Governor Jerry Brown of California visited China following President Trump’s Paris withdrawal announcement, and also recently extended the state's cap and trade program ...

Low-Carbon, High Rise: China's Green City Future

Cities are microcosms of the world’s environmental issues. By 2030, one billion people are expected to be urban residents in China, and some three quarters of global emissions to come from cities. The issues impacting a urban sustainability are numerou...

Summer Break!

Environment China is on summer break this week! We will be back in two weeks' time, with our regular schedule of episodes and interviews with environmental professionals in China. Plus, listen in this week for a special announcement about our soon-to-l...