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  1. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Beijing still among China's most competitive cities despite smog, report says

    Posted May 10th 2014, 04:13am by Zhang Hong

    ... affected by it are ever expanding." The central government declared "war" on pollution in March. And last month, the legislature passed amendments to the environmental protection law, the first revisions to the statute in 25 years, which allow for tougher penalties on polluters. One of the areas hardest hit by smog is the Jing-Jin-Ji region, shorthand for the expanse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1508707/beijing-still-among-chinas-most-competitive-cities-despite-smog-report
  2. Lifestyle - Books - TRAVEL

    Book review: Seeking the Cave, by James Lenfestey

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 01:28pm by David Wilson

    ... is impressive when directly addressing ills including pollution and worse. "Driving the freeway through thick fog … we came upon the smoking remains of another epic freeway pileup- trucks crumpled, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1592319/book-review-seeking-cave-james-lenfestey
  3. News - China - AIR POLLUTION

    Beijing ramps up ‘war on pollution’ with record number of fines

    Posted May 05th 2014, 04:49pm by Reuters

    ... to fight pollution. Beijing’s air quality has come under intense scrutiny since January last year, when heavy smog settled over the city to the alarm of its residents. Premier Li Keqiang in March promised a “war on pollution” as the country seeks to stem public anger over premature deaths while weaning the economy off over-dependence on energy-guzzling heavy industry. Beijing’s ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1505028/beijing-ramps-war-pollution-record-number-fines
  4. Magazines - Post Magazine - FEATURE

    Ganga management

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 10:36am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... the river every day. By the time it reaches Varanasi it has become one of the most polluted rivers in the world. Varanasi flings its own special confection into the toxic brew: partially cremated, ... are polluted by raw sewage and other filth. The Ganges, though, has a new champion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a devout Hindu who contested the May general election from Varanasi and won the seat ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1589301/ganga-management
  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Incinerator dioxin levels reduced but new rules allow more types of waste to be burned

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 04:29am by Li Jing

    ... another environmental advocacy group based in Beijing. Tian and other environmentalists were surprised that the ministry had relaxed the emission limits for these pollutants after soliciting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1593418/incinerator-dioxin-levels-reduced-new-rules-allow-more-types-waste-be
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Action needed on red tides

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 04:49am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and warmer-than-usual surface temperatures. Global warming is seen as a reason for the increase in red-tide numbers. But how many are naturally occurring and which are the result of pollution is not known. Some researchers point to the heavily polluted Pearl River as a major source; others blame our own agricultural run-off and sewage being dumped into the sea. While clean-up measures have apparently made ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1583250/concerted-action-needed-red-tides
  7. Magazines - 48hrs - ARTS

    Beijing Bohème updates Giacomo Puccini's opera to modern times

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 10:30pm by DARREN WEE

    ... bitter reality of nasty pollution and difficult political issues."   House of Siren, 64 Robinson Road, Central, September 16-20, 8pm, HK$495 includes drink (students HK$195). Inquiries: 6718 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1589235/art-preview-beijing-boheme-updates-giacomo-puccinis-opera-modern
  8. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Fishing heritage may be the one that got away

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 06:29am by Vivienne Chow

    ... But some locals in the industry have said pollution and the actions of mainland fishermen- some of whom are accused of electrocuting or even poisoning fish- are doing the real damage. And Lai says ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1592493/fishing-heritage-may-be-one-got-away
  9. News - China - AGRICULTURE

    Chinese researchers find way to grow more food without environmental toll

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 03:36am by MANDY ZUO

    ... effectively. The average utilisation rate of nitrogen fertiliser, the most common type, for the three major crops is just 33 per cent. The rest pollutes the soil and water. The team compared yields ... "If we follow the suggested ways [in the report] on a large scale, it will help ease pollution a lot," he said. Zhang said China would need about 650 million tonnes of grain annually ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1585417/chinese-researchers-find-way-grow-more-food-without-environmental-toll
  10. Sport - China - MOTOR RACING

    Formula E begins with a whisper in China

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 11:08pm by AFP

    ... environmentally friendly fuels on the rise, the symbolism of the new formula's debut in the shadow of the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing- a city regularly blanketed by choking pollution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/china/article/1590276/formula-e-begins-whisper-china

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