China Environmental Law Blog is on the move. I found the WordPress hosting site to be a very easy way to get started, but WordPress sites are not accessible in China. I’ve got my own domain now, and I have learned more about coding than I ever wanted to learn, but I think I’m ready to go public. I hope you are automatically redirected but, if not, here’s the new address: http://www.chinaenvironmentallaw.com/ . See you over there.
Update: Sorry, but I wasn’t able to work the redirect function so you are going to have to do this manually. Just click on the link above. I promise it will be worth it. Thanks.
I’m about ready to roll out my new site which should be accessible to those of you located in China. I’ve been spending a lot of time getting it up and running, with little time to actually write. I promise I will be on line tomorrow with the new site. Now I’m off to a presentation by Jeffrey Sachs on “Presensing: Mapping Our World in 2020” (whatever that means). If there’s any good China-related stuff I’ll let you know. Zaijian.
No, I don’t mean the fact that the new “Ministry of Environment” is being billed as a “super” ministry. That’s good news, but don’t get too excited; nothing’s changed, except the “super” tag, since my last post on this topic. The change I’m talking about is a move to a different site that should be accessible to those readers based in China. Don’t worry, I’ll redirect you from this site and publish the new address when I’m ready to go public which should be within a day or two.
There is so much to cover, where to start? Well for starters we will try to avoid repeating the same shop worn statistics, e.g. “20 of World’s top 30 most polluted cities,” that are often trotted out when talking about Chinese environmental matters. The numbers in the quote vary, but the lack of attribution is a fairly consistent feature of this type of hyperbolic “statistic.” What type of pollution are they talking about anyway, and how do you weight various pollutants to determine “most” polluted? Oh well, we’ll try to stick to the facts and the law to the extent they can be determined (more on this point later), keying off of current news items and emerging story lines. This blog is obviously in English, and I am not Chinese. There are plenty of wonderful bloggers addressing these same issues in Chinese; I hope to link to some of these. This blog exists primarily for those who may not be able to fully engage with the Chinese blogs. I hope, however, that everyone will feel welcome to contribute here.