About This Show
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.
Most Recent Episode
Treating Healthcare's Environmental Side Effects
5 days ago
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 of Rock Energy and Environment Institute (REEI), a Chinese think tank that researches environment and climate issues. In the episode, he walks us through the impacts of healthcare on the environment from disposing the mercury thermometers Chinese hospitals still use to the supply chain of pharmaceuticals. As for climate impacts, the organization estimates that healthcare contributes 3-5% of China’s emissions and rising as the industry booms. REEI works with the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals alliance to introduce best practices in resiliency, low-carbon policies, and eco-friendly products to China, including facilitating a partnership with three Chinese hospitals. For more information on best practices, see the World Bank report “Climate-smart Healthcare” (English), which REEI translated into Chinese and recently launched in China.
Rated 5 out of
New favorite podcast
Environment China fills a great niche in China's environmental reporting. No better people to do it than the folks at BEN. Audio is very clear, and the hosts are good at breaking down complex, technical topics for the average listener.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of
Terrific show! I appreciate the range of guests that Environment China interviews, and I always learn a lot. Looking forward to future episodes!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of
Really great show, very informative on a diverse range of topics. It's a bit fast-paced, so you have to pay attention, but definitely love it. That Noah Lerner is so intelligent
Date published: 2017-05-15