The Yangtze river basin is often thought of as having plenty of water. One of China’s “mother rivers”, the Yangtze accounts for more than a third of all the water flowing through Chinese rivers. But the latest report from China Water Risk finds that provinces the Yangtze runs through are facing water stress – especially those downstream.
Published by: Creative Commons on September 25, 2019
The result of a nine-month investigation by more than 30 journalists around the world, The Pangolin Reports is a series of investigative reports that document the poaching and smuggling of pangolins, the scaly anteaters that are known to be the most illegally traded mammals in the world.
The world’s most trafficked mammal is a solitary anteater resembling an artichoke: the pangolin. Prized for its scales, particularly for traditional medicine in China, this quiet animal is at the centre of a sophisticated, multi-million-dollar supply chain across Africa and Asia, run by networks of criminal syndicates.
Reporters follow illegal trade from West African bushmeat markets, to middlemen in Asia, and finally to mainland China. Investigations found astounding profit margins: Scales bought for US$5 per kilogram in Nigeria can be resold for up to US$1,000 in China
The city’s worst political crisis in its history had raised concerns it could find itself frozen out of future Greater Bay Area collaborations. Collaboration on both fronts will be spearheaded by organisations based in the city, according to the Hong Kong Green Finance Association.