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  1. 4 trillion yuan to be spent on boosting water infrastructure

    Posted Jan 31st 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... comprehensive document on water resources since the founding of the People's Republic', Water Resources Minister Chen Lei said yesterday that development in conservancy was lagging. ... they are better developed]. In the west, development in water conservancy is poorer, and there's less revenue from land [sales].' Shen Dajun, an academic at the China Institute of Water ...

  2. More mega-disasters ahead as environment deteriorates

    Posted May 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen China, already one of the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters, will face even greater wrath from Mother Nature because of climate change and environmental stress, ... classified as once-in-a-century disasters. As the environment deteriorates and extreme weather becomes more frequent, no part of China is free from the risk of natural disasters, the report said. ...

  3. Thursday Think-tank

    Posted Sep 25th 2008, 12:00am by Andrew Sun, Vivian Chen

    ... with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak and Vivian Chen. Five things we're all wondering about 1 Taxi fares rise 8.5 per cent, but long hauls to be cheaper ... ... members. 3 Health concerns over proposed development near Mai Po Nature Reserve ... it seems the plan by developer Cheung Kong (Holdings) is making local environmentalists sick. 4 Stephen Chow ...

  4. Environment takes a back seat

    Posted May 12th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao One year after the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan, the heavy toll it took on life and the environment is still apparent everywhere. Deadly aftershocks continue to jolt ... learned, experts and environmentalists say. The country's model of 'develop first and clean up later' appears to apply again. Millions of tonnes of debris remain to be cleared, ...

  5. Beijing to make better use of water resources

    Posted Mar 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... importance to environmental concerns as suspicion rises that China might drop its green goals to stimulate the economy. Mr Chen's statement was also a response to mounting domestic criticism, ... development such as more efficient irrigation infrastructure for farmers and drinking safety facilities for ordinary citizens. The mainland has spent 18 years and more than 200 billion yuan (HK$227 ...

  6. 18pc of budget for farming to ensure food security

    Posted Mar 06th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... infrastructure in rural areas is mostly outdated, and our seed industry is also underdeveloped.' Last year, only half of the water meant for rural irrigation was used effectively, according ... Mandy Zuo Central government spending on agriculture and rural development will approach one trillion yuan (HK$1.18 trillion) this year after growing by an average of more than 20 per cent ...

  7. Rural work conference focuses on threats to stable food supply

    Posted Dec 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... hectares of arable land that China doesn't have, he said. Inadequate infrastructure is believed to be a major factor in the farm sector's vulnerability to the weather. Poor village ... Mandy Zuo The central government opened its annual rural work conference in Beijing yesterday to map out plans for development in agriculture and rural regions next year. Topping ...

  8. China's power play

    Posted Mar 12th 2009, 12:00am by Mark Godfrey

    ... Development Bank's regional and sustainable development department. 'The large power projects in Central Asia would be 'bankable' if they have power purchase agreements with China ... and to other power-hungry Asian economies. China has increasingly been pledging cash and infrastructure assistance to its western neighbours through the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation, ...

  9. Dams back on the agenda despite quake

    Posted Dec 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen Energy official allays fears of hydropower Public fears since the Sichuan earthquake about the environmental risks of dams are unwarranted, and the mainland will push ahead with efforts to develop the renewable energy source, a senior economic planning official has said. Shi Lishan, director of the National Development and Reform Commission's renewable energy ...

  10. China urged to adapt to climate change

    Posted Dec 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen With temperatures rising rapidly, China should focus on adapting to the new environment rather than trying to slow down global warming, a senior central government climate change scientist recommends. 'Global warming is happening now. To China, a huge developing country, it is more realistic and urgent to fit into the new environment than to try to slow down ...




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