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  1. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    State oil and pollution politics blamed for bad air in China

    Posted Feb 03rd 2013, 01:00pm by Reuters in Beijing

    ... with the ministry. With media focusing on a sudden worsening of the air quality in Beijing at the start of this year – 21 days in January recorded “heavily polluted” levels or worse – urban residents are increasingly impatient with the political wrangling. “The air pollution is terrible,” said Beijing resident Zhang Shuqing. “They need to sort it out, the department responsible needs to sort out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1142432/politics-pollution-cnpc-sinopec-take-choke-hold-power
  2. News - China

    Pollution blamed for drop in Beijing tourism

    Posted Aug 03rd 2013, 12:51pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... on Saturday, with air pollution blamed for the decline. The total number of tourists arriving in Beijing during the first half of this year dropped 14.3 per cent compared to the same period last year, ... for 72 hours visa-free, which was introduced in January. Beijing regularly sees hazardous air pollution, and levels of particulate matter rose to almost 40 times World Health Organization (WHO) ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1294098/pollution-blamed-drop-beijing-tourism
  3. News - China

    China to launch its first carbon trading scheme

    Posted Jun 18th 2013, 05:05pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, was set on Tuesday to launch its first carbon trading scheme aimed at reducing emissions, state media said. ... and government officials have said they will continue to rise until around 2030. Beijing is aiming by 2020 for a 40 per cent reduction from 2005 levels of carbon intensity, a measure of the amount ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1263635/china-launch-its-first-carbon-trading-scheme
  4. News - China

    EU official says China can curb pollution

    Posted Jul 19th 2013, 10:05am by Associated Press in Beijing

    ... China can curb pollution without sacrificing economic growth, an EU commissioner said during a two-day trip to Beijing to meet with officials and environmental activists. EU Environment ... plants to close. “You can deal with air pollution and at the same time still have growth,” Potocnik said, adding that the European Union’s strict legislation to combat air pollution had achieved ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1286009/eu-official-says-china-can-curb-pollution
  5. News - China

    Beijing to replace some coal-fired heating plants

    Posted Oct 05th 2013, 07:17pm by Reuters in Beijing

    ... shrouded in thick hazardous smog for several days during the ongoing seven-day national holiday. China has been under pressure to tackle air pollution to douse potential unrest as an increasingly ... Reuters in Beijing Measures are expected to cut sulphur dioxide emissions by 10,000 tonnes China will replace four coal-burning heating plants in the capital Beijing with natural gas fired ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1325239/beijing-replace-some-coal-fired-heating-plants
  6. News - China - AIR POLLUTION

    China’s pollution altering US weather, claim scientists

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 11:32am by GDN

    ... The Guardian Computer modelling showed intensification of US-bound Pacific storms, driven by fine aerosols from coal power plants and traffic China’s air pollution could be intensifying ... by the central government 71 failed to meet air quality standards, the environmental ministry said last month. China’s top leaders are aware of the extent of the problem. Beijing will soon revise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1485843/chinas-pollution-altering-us-weather-claim-scientists
  7. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Beijing to get powers to shut factories and punish officials in smog battle

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 11:17am by Reuters

    ... changes to the legislation in 25 years will give legal backing to Beijing's newly declared war on pollution and formalise a pledge made last year to abandon a decades-old growth-at-all-costs ... an environment law professor who runs the Centre for Pollution Victims in China and who also took part in drafting the amendments. Watch: A view of Beijing's smog from atop the Forbidden City ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1482779/beijing-get-powers-shut-factories-and-punish-officials-smog-battle
  8. News - China

    Beijing to impose odd-even car ban to combat serious air pollution

    Posted Oct 18th 2013, 10:36am by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... pollution persists for three consecutive days, Xinhua said. The plan was approved on Wednesday and is set to be implemented by Beijing city authorities, the official news agency reported. More than ... day. A four-colour rating system will be used for Beijing’s air quality, with red the worst. Further details, including fines for those who violate the regulation, were not immediately ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1334372/beijing-impose-odd-even-car-ban-combat-serious-air-pollution
  9. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Regulators order swift end to smog insurance sales

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 12:42pm by Reuters in Shanghai

    ... economic model. PICC last week offered coverage to Beijing residents against health risks caused by air pollution in the city, promising to pay 1,500 yuan (HK$1,891) to policy holders hospitalised ... that had already been sold would be honoured, the China Daily reported. Beijing’s official air quality index (AQI), which measures airborne pollutants including particulate matter and sulphur ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1458375/china-regulators-order-end-smog-insurance-sales
  10. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Scientists cast doubt over Beijing smog-busting technology projects

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 01:23pm by Li Jing

    ... questioned whether specialised anti-smog technology, including the use of drones to disperse air pollution with chemicals, will have any significant impact on the problem. Their concerns come after ... million) this year carrying out experiments aimed at reducing air pollution, the city government said. No details were given of the equipment to be tested, but the cash will come on top of routine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1453125/scientists-cast-doubt-over-beijing-smog-busting-technology-projects

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