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  1. 6,800 polluting companies told to clean up or close

    Posted Sep 25th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... A total of 6,849 highly polluting companies across the country have been ordered to stop operations and clean up or be permanently closed in a massive crackdown. The State Environmental Protection Administration (Sepa) yesterday announced the closures were led by the joint efforts of six central government ministries. They also included the punishment of a further 6,000 businesses ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/429061/6800-polluting-companies-told-clean-or-close
  2. Law change gives pollution victims redress

    Posted Jan 07th 2005, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Ray Cheung Recent legal amendments give mainland victims of industrial waste a new way to seek redress, experts say. The changes to the solid-waste pollution law are being seen as a serious attempt to encourage polluters to reduce their production of harmful materials. 'The law is a significant breakthrough for the rights of pollution victims,' said Wang Canfa, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/484572/law-change-gives-pollution-victims-redress
  3. Fisherman's wife battles to turn the tide against polluters

    Posted Jun 04th 2005, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... the ravages of pollution, caused by 26 chemical factories indiscriminately dumping toxic waste into the village's water system and the river. Together with her husband, she often takes their fishing boat down the Qiantang River in the middle of the night to catch polluters attempting to release poisonous effluents without being detected. 'We common folks need to defend ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/503065/fishermans-wife-battles-turn-tide-against-polluters
  4. River pollution remains chronic

    Posted Feb 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Ray Cheung The nation's eastern waterways continue to be heavily polluted, with the Huai and Liao rivers topping the list of the country's dirtiest rivers, according to the State ... organic material and oil. Both waterways are in highly industrialised regions. Their pollution levels remained unchanged from last year, showing the continued failure of clean-up efforts. In 1994, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/490050/river-pollution-remains-chronic
  5. Two years on, work yet to start on two-thirds of waterways cleanup

    Posted Jul 04th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... A massive pollution cleanup is falling far behind schedule, according to a leading environmental official. The director of the State Environmental Protection Administration, Xie Zhenhua, ... by 2005. It calls for construction of sewage treatment plants, rubbish collection systems, and the closure of highly polluting industries. The six targeted waterways are among the most polluted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/420598/two-years-work-yet-start-two-thirds-waterways-cleanup
  6. 'Green GDP' trials start in 10 regions

    Posted Mar 01st 2005, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... to scientifically quantify losses due to pollution and the exploitation of natural resources. Supporters hope that the system will discourage development that is destructive to the environment. The State Environmental Protection Administration says the year-long trials will measure the levels of pollution that are created by certain industries and projects, followed by an estimation of clean-up costs. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/490821/green-gdp-trials-start-10-regions
  7. Stoves burning coal and wood are killing 420,000 a year, says expert

    Posted Oct 09th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... on the mainland, according to a leading international environmental health expert. Kirk Smith, an indoor air pollution specialist with the World Health Organisation, said the 420,000 deaths was more than half of the number who died each year from air pollution-related illnesses on the mainland. He said most of the victims were women and children living in poorly ventilated rural homes where ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/430490/stoves-burning-coal-and-wood-are-killing-420000-year-says-expert
  8. Watchdog is still a paper tiger, green bodies claim

    Posted May 06th 2005, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Jiabao backing the effort, the mainland media praised the agency for its courage in tackling polluters. A Xinhua editorial said: 'Sepa's actions prove that the government is trying to contain pollution from its source and is realising the nation's determination to achieve sustainable development.' But the agency did not stop there. In March it ordered a halt ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/499490/watchdog-still-paper-tiger-green-bodies-claim
  9. Beijing likely to face more pressure to cut emissions

    Posted Feb 17th 2005, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... States- is required only to make a commitment to cut its pollution. Beijing's non-binding reductions were one of the reasons Washington cited in refusing to join the scheme. Although China ... so also.' Mainland researchers have already begun assessing the economic impacts if Beijing were to commit to pollution targets, he said. In the past decade, Beijing has been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/489300/beijing-likely-face-more-pressure-cut-emissions
  10. Big growth brings deadly problems

    Posted Jun 04th 2005, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... is only on economic growth and [when people adhere to] the concept of pollute first and clean up later,' said a Hangzhou-based environmental expert. Located 40km east of the city centre ... was fine here until the chemical plants came. Since then, our lives have become a nightmare,' Wuli resident Wei Dongying said. Ms Wei has been leading a campaign to stop the pollution, a cause ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/503067/big-growth-brings-deadly-problems

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