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In China, Growing Efforts to Toughen Environmental Protections

Earlier this year, China began allowing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to file class action lawsuits against polluters, and in late October one of the first NGOs to file a suit won a victory in court. China has some 700 NGOs that are qualified to take on environmental legal cases, but since January there have been only 40 suits against polluters. The groups say that so far the effort to fight pollution has had mixed results and enforcement remains a key challenge. Small...

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