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Environment China is a weekly bilingual podcast from the Beijing Energy Network. The show features conversations with advocates, entrepreneurs, and experts working in the environmental field in China.  We are looking to learn how they do their work, what new strategies and solutions they have found, and why now is the right time for real and positive changes in China’s environmental field.

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May 31, 2018

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 restoration bill worth about 91 million USD. 
 
Cases like this illustrate how courts are becoming a key battlefield in China’s so-called 'war on pollution' — but when and how did this shift take place? And beyond courtrooms, what other legal and policy tools has China recently added to its pollution-fighting arsenal?
 
We sit down with Dimitri de Boer, environmental cooperation expert and head of European NGO ClientEarth’s China Programme, to discuss recent advancements in China’s environmental laws and how these laws are being applied in practice. Dimitri shares his insights on China’s vast network of environmental courts, the importance of 2015 amendments to China’s Environmental Protection Law, and ClientEarth’s work to train judges who are handling environmental-related matters. You can learn more about ClientEarth’s work in China here: https://www.clientearth.org/china/.