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  1. A natural disaster made worse by underfunding

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Wang Xiangwei Is it natural disaster or man-made misfortune? A heavy rainstorm which started on Saturday afternoon and lasted until the small hours of Sunday morning has turned much ... decades, indicating that it is a natural disaster. But for many residents, it is also a man-made misfortune of a sort which could have been avoided but will continue to plague the metropolis unless ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1007509/natural-disaster-made-worse-underfunding
  2. Man-made lessons for nuclear power

    Posted Jul 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the Fukushima disaster last year. Organisers say about 170,000 packed a Tokyo park to protest against the government's decision to restart the country's nuclear reactors. They were galvanised by an extraordinary report of a Japanese parliamentary expert panel that the nuclear explosion and meltdown of three reactors was fundamentally a man-made disaster rather than a natural one caused ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1008032/man-made-lessons-nuclear-power
  3. Lifestyle - Books

    A calamity made by man

    Posted Aug 26th 2012, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Shaoqi, then president of China, on May 31, 1961: "In Hunan, people say three-tenths [of the disaster] was natural calamity and seven-tenths was man-made. The problem was caused ... writesMark O'Neill A calamity made by man "To distribute resources evenly will only ruin the Great Leap Forward. When there is not enough to eat, people starve to death. It is better to let ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1022582/calamity-made-man
  4. Wen ready to take blame for mine disaster

    Posted Feb 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... disaster in Liaoning that claimed the lives of 213 workers. After briefing regional government officials from across the nation on the latest developments at the Sunjiawan coal mine in Fuxin ... yesterday. Liaoning governor Zhang Wenyue ordered that further efforts should be made to comfort the distraught relatives. The bodies of the miners should be washed and dressed in new clothes before ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/489487/wen-ready-take-blame-mine-disaster
  5. Resources rolled out to prevent mining disasters

    Posted Mar 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest in Beijing The State Council says it will allocate more resources and roll out more specific measures to prevent mining disasters. Zhang Guobao, chairman of the State ... that economic development must not ignore industrial safety. In a report card on the first year of implementing policies to revitalise the northeast, Mr Zhang said the Fuxin disaster, which killed 214 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/491021/resources-rolled-out-prevent-mining-disasters
  6. Blame for ecological disaster is laid at Pakistan's door

    Posted Aug 20th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Asia's worst oil disaster occurred near Singapore in October 1997, when the Cyprus-registered Evoikos collided with the Thai supertanker Orapin Global, spilling 28,000 tonnes of heavy crude oil. ... they didn't fly is an indication that the amount of oil leaking is slowing.' But he and environmentalists warned the disaster was far from over and that changing weather could wash oil onto ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/425328/blame-ecological-disaster-laid-pakistans-door
  7. Gas blast highlights lack of disaster relief plan

    Posted Dec 29th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... safety equipment at mines, but some assessment needs to be made on whether the money is being spent appropriately. In places where unlicensed mines are shut down only to be quickly opened again, ... emergency response system. Even if risks from industrial accidents such as these can and should be reduced, there will always be a need to mobilise rescue efforts during natural disasters. Last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/439431/gas-blast-highlights-lack-disaster-relief-plan
  8. New mine tragedy amid safety pledges

    Posted Mar 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok Disaster strikes as Wen Jiabao pushes for more responsibility Sixteen miners were killed and 11 remain missing in the nation's latest coal mine disaster. The tragedy ... with hindsight, the mine accidents were not unavoidable if [everyone involved] was more responsible. Most of the recent mine disasters could [have] been avoided if they paid more attention ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/492198/new-mine-tragedy-amid-safety-pledges
  9. Five die, 17 missing in Yunnan mine

    Posted Feb 17th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chan Siu-sin At least five miners died and 17 more are missing after another coal mine explosion- in Yunnan province- just a day after the Fuxin disaster. The blast happened at an illegal mine in Fuyuan county, Qujing city, on Tuesday afternoon, Xinhua said yesterday. Fifteen workers were injured. Rescuers were continuing to search for the missing miners, and the number ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/489305/five-die-17-missing-yunnan-mine
  10. Safety drive for mines to push prices higher

    Posted Feb 21st 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Chan, Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng and Elaine Chan Cost pressures on coal will come from expenses to meet standards and tighter supply caused by expected pit closures China will compel its coal industry to spend more on safety after several high-profile mine disasters in recent months underscored how soaring demand has exacerbated substandard conditions in the nation's coal mines. China's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/489781/safety-drive-mines-push-prices-higher

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