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  1. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    British Virgin Islands declare sanctuary for sharks

    Posted May 23rd 2014, 10:03pm by AP

    ... exclusive economic zone. Shark fishing has grown rapidly in recent decades, driven by rising demand, mainly in China, for shark fin soup. Because of their long life spans and low fertility rates ...

  2. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Groundwater monitoring system 'three years away'

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 05:04am by Li Jing

    ... was rated as polluted or extremely polluted, while nearly 80 per cent of groundwater was clean enough for direct drinking. In 2011, China published a 10-year plan to tackle groundwater pollution, ...

  3. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

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

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

    ... self-sufficiency rate at around 95 per cent, despite proposals from researchers that the figure could be relaxed. "I believe that increasing imported food will help protect China's freshwater ...

  4. Business - China Business - ENVIRONMENT

    Car battery makers urge Beijing to bring in recycling rules

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 10:31am by Daniel Ren

    ... said, adding that Johnson Controls believed 100 per cent recycling rates were possible. The mainland's fast-growing car market, buoyed by a rising middle class, has attracted global ... of the mainland car battery market and Yeng said business was expected to continue growing at double-digit rates in the coming years. Johnson Controls started production at a US$154 million plant ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Hong Kong's heating up, and it's not global warming

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 03:41am by MICHAEL DE WAAL-MONTGOMERY

    ... An increase of three degrees in urban areas over three decades might not seem cause for concern to many. But Nichol said that with every degree increase above 26 the mortality rate for heat stress ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Ban all ivory sales, conservation groups urge government

    Posted May 14th 2014, 04:00am by DANNY LEE

    ... must be stopped and Hong Kong has a central role to play," said Hofford and Kwok. "Scientists estimate that if current poaching rates continue unabated, key African elephant ...

  7. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Amended green law given mixed review

    Posted May 01st 2014, 04:32am by Li Jing

    ... under pressure to maintain employment rates, meet economic growth targets and generate tax revenue. Watch: A view of Beijing's smog from atop the Forbidden City Some residents who have ...

  8. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Rate of destruction of Brazil's Amazon rainforest has risen by almost a third

    Posted Nov 15th 2013, 09:50pm by AFP

    ... minister demanded urgent action to reverse double-digit rises of as much as 52 per cent in the rate of deforestation in some Amazon regions over the past year. Agricultural production has been ... confirm a 28 per cent increase in the rate of deforestation, reaching 5,843 square kilometres," she said on Thursday, citing an overall figure from the provisional data. Extensive farming ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Extreme weather set to raise risk of landslides

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 04:40am by Ada Lee

    ... work on minimising the damage." Some 2,700 natural slopes had been identified as needing reinforcement, and Au Yeung was satisfied with the rate of strengthening 30 such slopes each year, ...

  10. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    China's 'eco-cities' struggle for traction

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 09:37pm by GDN

    ... a month- a rate which Ho describes as "healthy". President Xi Jinping visited last May. In January, the city's developers presented their project before the United Nations in New ...




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