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  1. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Laos agrees to tighter scrutiny of second Mekong River dam by neighbours

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 11:45pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City Laos allows tighter scrutiny of Mekong dam Laos has agreed to open a proposed hydropower project along the Mekong River to further scrutiny from neighbouring countries, after Vietnam previously called for a delay in developing the dam. The Don Sahong hydropower project, which had been submitted under a procedure known as notification, will now ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Hong Kong researchers develop flower that can withstand sub-zero temperatures

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 06:35pm by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Breakthrough by university researchers could be used to boost agricultural production Flowers that can beat the freeze Researchers have found a way to prevent flowers from freezing that they say could increase production in agriculture and floral cultivation. The procedure, so far tried in just a single species, Arabidopsis, uses a protein found ...

  3. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Chinese demand for furniture 'decimates' rosewood stocks in Mekong region, activists say

    Posted May 13th 2014, 10:40pm by AFP

    ... the average salary in the poor village areas they are drawn from. "The soaring value of Siamese rosewood has spurred a dramatic rise in illegal logging in an international criminal trade ... a criminal trail that spans several nations as loggers and agents exploit loopholes in local and international conservation laws. In Thailand's forested eastern border area with Cambodia, ...

  4. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    China approves jail for consumers of rare wild animals: official media

    Posted Apr 25th 2014, 09:42am by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing NPC Standing Committee passes law making purchase of rare wild animals for consumption a criminal offence punishable by jail terms, Xinhua reports China’s ... approved a new interpretation of China’s Criminal Law at a bimonthly session, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The NPC, China’s top legislature, met in full session in March. However ...

  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

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

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

    ... later. Criminal penalties will also be imposed on those found guilty of trying to evade pollution monitoring systems. "The provisions on transparency are probably the most positive step ...

  6. News - China Insider - ENVIRONMENT

    Violence, arrests in Guangdong city of Maoming as locals rally against petrochemical plant

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 02:18pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... to “not give criminals the opportunity to create chaos and destroy the precious environment of stable and harmonious development.” The protest attracted nationwide attention, quickly becoming one ...

  7. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Pollution a greater concern for delegates to annual CPPCC session

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 04:33am by Zhang Hong

    ... reducing administrative approval procedures for business activities and tightening the regulation of local government financing to reduce the risk of holding local governments' debt. They also ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Large urban farm in east Kowloon set to open in March

    Posted Jan 07th 2014, 06:12pm

    ... as well as training courses will be provided to participants on site. The agency says farmers can expect up to two harvests in half a year. However, the centre has to finish procedures ... Supplies Department two years ago but has yet to get a formal response. “The application has taken two years. I understand there are a lot of government procedures involved,” said Chau. “We hope we ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Officials slammed for 'cunning' move to get funding for controversial landfill plans

    Posted Jan 06th 2014, 04:02am by Stuart Lau

    ... there were no precedents of that having been done. An Environmental Protection Department spokesman said the application was "in line with relevant procedures ...

  10. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Fears over expanded paraxylene projects as Beijing decentralises approval process

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 09:06am by Li Jing

    ... simplify procedures and improve efficiency", according to a statement on its website. PX is widely used in the making of plastic bottles and polyester clothing, but even short-term exposure ...




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