Turning dirty dyes green

TURNING DIRTY DYES GREEN By Justin Jin Changzhou, China -- A single T-shirt takes 700 gallons of water to produce; a pair of jeans, 1,200 gallons. According to the World Bank, the textile and dyeing industry contributes to 20% of the world’s water pollution. China produces a large share of the world’s textiles, both benefitting [...]

Saving the Père David’s Deer

SAVING THE PÈRE DAVID'S DEER By Justin Jin Père David’s deer is no ordinary deer. With giant antlers atop a head shaped like a horse, the animal has a donkey’s tail, and hooves like a cow but with webbing between the toes for swimming. If that’s not extraordinary enough, the Chinese deer went extinct in [...]

Sustainable Tea’s Fragrant Harvest

SUSTAINABLE TEA'S FRAGRANT HARVEST By Justin Jin Jinjing, Hunan Province, China -- Tasters in white lab coats study their white porcelain cups of tea, silently examining the color and clarity. The experts bring the delicate cups to their noses and take a sip, sucking air through pursed lips, and swirling the liquid around in their [...]

The Yangtze River’s Last Surviving Mammal

THE YANGTZE RIVER'S LAST SURVIVING MAMMAL DING Zeliang examines a specimen of the extinct baiji dolphin the Oxbow Reserve in Tian-E-Zhou. By Justin Jin Little known even to people who live in China’s Yangtze River Basin, a shy mammal with a secret smile has been pulsing through the waters of Asia’s longest river for some [...]

Rebirth along China’s Yangtze river

REBIRTH ALONG CHINA'S YANGTZE RIVERFOLLOW A JOURNEY UP AND DOWN CHINA'S YANGTZE RIVER AND LEARN ABOUT A MULTI-LAYERED EFFORT TO PROTECT EVERYTHING FROM RARE PORPOISES TO SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH By Justin Jin As the story goes, a lonely Chinese princess was to be married to a man she didn’t love. When the princess refused, her [...]