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  1. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Beijing officials defend plans to source drinking water from polluted Bohai Gulf

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 03:06pm by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com The authorities defend plans to build a large desalination plant at the polluted Bohai Gulf to pump much-needed supplies the capital Beijing looks to the ocean to ease water shortages Beijing's water authorities have defended their plan to ease the capital's water shortage by processing seawater from the highly polluted Bohai Gulf, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1495092/beijing-officials-defend-plans-source-drinking-water-polluted-bohai-gulf
  2. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Initial results of 8-year soil pollution study not accurate enough, experts say

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 05:24am by MANDY ZUO

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com First findings of 8-year government soil analysis may not give accurate picture, experts warn More detailed land pollution study urged Experts have called for more detailed analysis of the extent of soil pollution on the mainland to gauge its seriousness, after the government released its first findings from an eight-year study. The first nationwide ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1490062/initial-results-8-year-soil-pollution-study-not-accurate-enough-experts
  3. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    'Toxic' soil pollution report sparks new fears over safety of mainland's home-grown food

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 03:16am by Associated Press and agencies in Beijing

    ... areas such as Pearl River and Yangstze deltas Area of polluted soil 'twice the size of Spain' The government has raised new fears over the safety of the mainland’s home-grown food after admitting that nearly one-fifth of the nation’s soil – including 19.4 per cent of its crop-growing areas – is polluted Worst-hit areas are those where there have been years of unrestricted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1486401/area-chinas-polluted-soil-twice-size-spain-survey-reveals
  4. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Beijing says one-third of its pollution comes from outside the city

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 12:51pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing About a third of the air pollution in China’s smog-hit capital comes from outside the city, official media reported on Wednesday, citing a pollution watchdog. Chen Tian, ... of China’s 10 most polluted cities in 2013, according to official data. The central government has identified the heavily industrialised Beijing-Hebei-Tianjin region as one of the main fronts in its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1483755/beijing-says-one-third-its-pollution-comes-outside-city
  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Tianjin says it won't allow steel or cement plants, to curb pollution

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 09:43pm by Reuters

    ... to fight pollution. The announcement, reported by Xinhua yesterday, echoed statements by neighbouring Hebei province and Beijing, and is in line with last year's central government plan ... 8 per cent of the country's total area. A former health minister said last year pollution related to coal-fired power causes up to 500,000 premature deaths annually. Greenpeace research ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1483121/tianjin-says-it-wont-allow-steel-or-cement-plants-curb-pollution
  6. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Hong Kong joins world study on health impact of air pollution

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 10:40am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com City will join other international finance centres in World Health Organisation's initiative to examine and compare approaches to pollution Clearing the air: HK ... air pollution and look to formulate models based on different approaches. It will also track changes in policy and their impact on air quality and public health. Dora visited Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1475627/hong-kong-joins-world-study-health-impact-air-pollution
  7. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

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

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

    ... to bolster the fight against pollution The government is set to pass law changes that will give it more powers to shut polluting factories, punish officials and place protected regions off-limits ... the Ministry of Environmental Protection greater authority to take on polluters. While some details of the fourth draft were still under discussion, it had been agreed that the principle ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1482779/beijing-get-powers-shut-factories-and-punish-officials-smog-battle
  8. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Sahara desert dust shrouds London as 'perfect storm' for air pollution hits

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 03:41am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in London Saharan dust shrouds London as pollution rises Saharan dust blowing in from North Africa shrouded skyscrapers in London's financial district, coated residents' cars and pushed pollution to high levels yesterday. The city's pollution index reached seven on a scale of 1-10, meaning those with lung and heart problems should reduce exercise, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1463460/sahara-desert-dust-shrouds-london-perfect-storm-air-pollution-hits
  9. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Regulators order swift end to smog insurance sales

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 12:42pm by Reuters in Shanghai

    ... 'war on pollution' Regulators have told the China’s two largest insurers to stop selling coverage against smog, a week after such policies were launched, the China Daily reported ... economic model. PICC last week offered coverage to Beijing residents against health risks caused by air pollution in the city, promising to pay 1,500 yuan (HK$1,891) to policy holders hospitalised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1458375/china-regulators-order-end-smog-insurance-sales
  10. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Pollution a greater concern for delegates to annual CPPCC session

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

    ... Zhang Hong in Beijing hong.zhang@scmp.com Delegates more concerned by pollution Pollution has become a much greater concern for delegates to China's top political advisory body, ... pollution as a top concern. Besides calling for greater efforts in the fight against the contamination of air, soil and underground water, delegates urged authorities to beef up environmental ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1447379/pollution-greater-concern-delegates-annual-cppcc-session

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