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  1. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Air quality in Beijing second worst out of 31 mainland cities

    Posted Apr 12th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... polluted last year among 31 municipal and provincial capital cities ranked by Friends of Nature, a major non-governmental organisation, in its annual Green Book of Environment . Liu Jianqiang ... to 19th in 2011 and 28th last year. Chengdu residents blamed the serious decline in air quality to an infrastructure boom. The local government last year launched an unprecedented road-renovation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1212552/air-quality-beijing-second-worst-out-31-mainland-cities
  2. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Japan looks west and holds its breath as Chinese pollution heads its way

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... in recent years as China's air pollution worsened. Some fear the problem shows little sign of abating as China's economy continues to grow rapidly on the back of heavy industry and development. Much of eastern China remained smoggy yesterday, with poor visibility stranding tens of thousands of air travellers. More than 100 flights in and out of Beijing Capital International ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1140588/japan-looks-west-and-holds-its-breath-chinese-pollution-heads-its-way
  3. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Increasing food imports will ease water and energy shortages, environment official says

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 03:46am by Reuters

    ... especially in arid but coal-rich regions like Xinjiang and Ningxia, a senior environmental official said yesterday. Mu Guangfeng, the head of the environment impact assessment office at the Ministry ... said China, the world's top manufacturing nation, sent thousands of ships to overseas ports and many of them returned empty. Filling them with grain would be an ideal solution. "We ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1561412/increasing-food-imports-will-ease-water-and-energy-shortages-environment
  4. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Darkness at noon as worst dust storm in months mixes with morning smog

    Posted Mar 01st 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... disappeared from view across northern China yesterday morning as the worst dust storm in months combined with thick, stagnant smog to create an acrid mix of air that deepened health concerns. Just ... a vast swathe from Inner Mongolia to Hebei. The combination of smog and dust renewed public concerns about China's air pollution. Niu Di , who grew up in Beijing and now lives and works ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1163926/darkness-noon-worst-dust-storm-months-mixes-morning-smog
  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Cactus needles give clues on how to battle smog

    Posted Feb 09th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... an electron microscope and discovered that they are in fact a crucial water-collecting device. Video footage captured by Ju's team showed that in a foggy environment, a large water droplet formed ... in pollution removal technology at Nanjing University's school of environment, said that the absence of a any form of power was an advantage of Ju's device, but could also become a fatal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1146283/cactus-needles-give-clues-how-battle-smog
  6. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Tough amendments to China's environment law submitted for NPC approval

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 01:19pm by Reuters in Beijing

    ... on growth was still restraining efforts to cut emissions and energy use. Xu Shaoshi, the director of the National Development and Reform Commission, said China still required a “stronger policy ... Reuters in Beijing Enhanced legislation put before Nation People's Conference as Party shifts focus from growth at all costs to environmental protection Amendments to China’s 1989 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1494257/tough-amendments-chinas-environment-law-submitted-npc-approval
  7. News - China Insider - ENVIRONMENT

    Q&A: Endangered wildlife trading at the Myanmar-China border

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 03:03pm by Silvio Carrillo and Patrick Boehler

    ... and according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the illegal wildlife trade is annually worth US$213 billion [HK$1.7 trillion]. What are the prices there and in China? It was difficult ... conservation photojournalist Alex Hofford visited the  turbulent and crime-ridden  border area of Shan State Special Region Four, between China and Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1561061/qa-endangered-wildlife-trading-myanmar-china-border
  8. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Beijing can breathe more deeply as air quality improves in 2014, says government

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 02:22pm by Stephen Chen in Beijing stephen.chen@scmp.com

    ... Stephen Chen in Beijing stephen.chen@scmp.com A week after capital was hit by the worst smog in months, official report reveals a 11 per cent fall in levels of hazardous air particles over ... of the year, municipal environment authorities say. The average concentration of fine particulates smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter – tiny particles in the air that are particularly hazardous ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1551857/beijing-can-breath-more-deeply-years-air-quality-improves-2013-says
  9. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    China plans more perks to drive up demand for electric cars

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 03:06pm by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Tax breaks and more charging stations among those promised by central government China will roll out more benefits, including tax breaks, to promote ... be expected, just a day after the State Council said the government would exempt purchase tax for new-energy vehicles. These include all electric cars, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles. China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1551061/china-plans-more-perks-drive-demand-electric-cars-amid-anti-pollution
  10. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Consultant 'has taken sides' on waste charging

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 04:41am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Consultant 'has taken sides' on waste charging The Council for Sustainable Development and its consultant have been accused by green activists of jumping to a conclusion on the best means of charging for household waste disposal. Activists said the council and a consultant appointed to gauge public views were favouring the easy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1562946/consultant-has-taken-sides-waste-charging

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