Contributor: Hongqiao Liu

Hongqiao Liu

About Hongqiao Liu

Hongqiao is China Water Risk’s external researcher. She is an award-winning environmental & science journalist and prior to joining China Water Risk, she worked for leading Chinese media: Caixin Media and the Southern Metropolis Daily. Her investigative stories published by Caixin on tap water quality, contaminated farmland and diseases caused by environmental pollution brought about lasting public debate and cast positive impacts on policy makers. Hongqiao has lived and worked across China and South Africa.

Apple & Rare Earth Recycling

Apple is leading smartphone giants in green commitments but its transparency & traceability of rare earth supply can be improved. Plus, what lies ahead for rare earth recycling? Hongqiao Liu expands … more

Blue Skies & 13FYP Green Development

Air pollution and the battle on “blue skies” was by far the major environmental focus at China’s Two Sessions. Water and soil are no less important but yet softer and more general targets were set for them. See our review for the key takeaways … more

Dug-Up In China: The World’s Critical Raw Materials

China is the largest global supplier of many critical raw materials but growing domestic demand could mean it becomes a net importer. How will other countries secure these materials that are key to a low carbon future? China Water Risk’s Hongqiao Liu explores China’s direction in the 13FYP … more

Buying Electronics Can Pollute Our Future

This Christmas Hongqiao Liu wants you to think twice before buying that new electronic device as key rare earths & other critical raw materials are causing pollution in China. Companies also need to act & cut out built-in-obsolescence … more

Flood Insurance in China: Lessons & Opportunities

Only 2% of the RMB147bn of losses from 2016 summer floods are covered by insurance. With various pilots since the 80’s failing, Liu expands on past & future role of flood insurance for CWR … more

Can We Build A Clean & Smart Future On Toxic Rare Earths?

Almost all smart, green & clean tech need rare earths to work, but mining & processing these are highly polluting. Lead author Liu of China Water Risk’s new report: “Rare Earths: Shades Of Grey” explores this paradox. It is time to rethink our clean & smart future … more

Rare Earth Black Market: An Open Dirty Secret

The black market exacerbates environmental pollution from rare earth mining in China. With low prices, depleted reserves and contaminated drinking water, find out if your smartphone, tablet or electric car is party to this. Hongqiao Liu expands … more

Be Green and Prosper

With increased fines, penalties and jail sentences, China Water Risk’s McGregor & Liu expand on China’s push towards ‘all things green’. Also hear from top business leaders in China on why it pays to be green to prosper … more

COP21: What Paris Means For China

All eyes are on China, the largest contributor to global emissions as it transitions to a low carbon future. See what Paris means for China from carbon trading, peak emissions to carbon-intensive industries … more

Glacial Bottled Water: A Threat To Asia’s Water Tower?

The growing fad of glacial bottled water means the industry is encroaching on glaciers crucial for Asia’s waterways. In China, this expansion is at odds with President Xi’s wish for an ‘ecological civilisation’. CWR’s Liu on who’s bottling where … more

Bottled Water: Drink Responsibly

Know your bottled water – is it “fake water”? What’s the bottle’s environmental footprint? Those “in the know” may be more inclined to go back to the tap. Hongqiao Liu on how to drink responsibly … more

China’s Bottled Water: Boom Or Bust?

China’s bottled water industry stands at a fork in the road. Big expansion plans by the industry could be derailed by central policies to protect drinking water sources. Get ahead of these key risks
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Can The Water Ten Protect Water Sources?

Some 40% of urban residents drink bottled water. This could change with the Water Ten Plan which aims to eventually deliver safe drinking water from the tap. Are the water source protection targets tough enough or will the bottle water market proliferate? CWR’s Liu & McGregor expand … more

Pollution Prevention: What’s The Plan?

The ‘Water Ten’, expected to be released during the National People’s Congress 2015 hasn’t been. So, what’s Beijing’s plan with pollution so clearly on everyone’s mind; though mainly air pollution with “Under the Dome”? CWR’s Dawn McGregor and Hongqiao Liu expand … more

Water Source: Who Is Responsible?

Data shows water source quality improving but some experts question how accurate this can be without a specific standard? Moreover, pollutants, ineffective treatment & unclear ministry responsibilities pose threats. CWR’s Hongqiao Liu expands … more

Rural Drinking Water Far From Solved

Experts say the Chinese government’s plan to ‘completely solve’ the problem of rural drinking water safety by the end of 2015 is a ‘mission impossible’. Find out why and more as CWR’s Hongqiao Liu expands … more

Drinking Water Safety Faces “The Big Test”

In wake of the upcoming ‘Water Pollution Prevention & Control Action Plan’ China Water Risk & chinadialogue investigated the true status of China’s urban and rural drinking water … more

Climate Risks: Are We Ready?

Climate change is high on the global agenda, especially with COP 21 at the end of this year and yet we still face major stumbling blocks. See CWR’s key takeaways from various 2014 climate conferences from climate tools, regional resiliency plans, legacy issues to limited climate funding … more

Chinese Appetite for Dirty Fashion

Do Chinese consumers know fashion’s ‘dirty’ secret? Will it change the way they shop? Liu talks to fashion bloggers, fast fashion managers, taobao shop owners, housewives, NGOs, students … more

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