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  1. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    Chinese demand for Indonesian coal increases despite pollution fears

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:26am by Eric Ng

    ... in Indonesia with mainland China as one of its top markets, aims to raise output and sales by 30 per cent despite slowing Chinese consumption because of rising demand for less polluting coal. Ng ... tonnes in 2012 and 35.7 million tonnes in 2011. Despite the lower heating value, most of the coal imported from Indonesia is blended with domestic coal to reduce pollutants. Agritrade ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1548271/chinese-demand-indonesian-coal-increases-despite-pollution
  2. Business - Economy - LIGHT POLLUTION

    Higher rent may be the price for a good night’s sleep

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 11:18am by Richard Wong

    ... Richard Wong The market has found its own way of dealing with light pollution in Hong Kong, where higher rents may be the price for a good night's sleep Neon nuisance Nobel laureate ... there are externalities, like pollution. His theorem can be illustrated with a simple example. Cars produce pollution and impose a disutility or cost on victims. But a prospective car owner often considers only ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1549450/higher-rent-may-be-price-good-nights-sleep
  3. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Beijing does not have the most polluted air in the world

    Posted May 13th 2014, 01:03am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn For those of you familiar with Beijing's horrendous air pollution, it may come as a surprise to know that it is by no means the world's worst. That distinction went to Delhi. Indeed 13 of the top 20 cities in the world with the dirtiest air were to be found in India, three in Pakistan, and one in Iran, Qatar, Turkey, and Bangladesh. These findings were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1510850/beijing-does-not-have-most-polluted-air-world
  4. Business - China Business - REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Beijing-Hebei-Tianjin integration to challenge local leaders' power

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 11:35am by Reuters

    ... aggressive than have been publicly revealed. The plans, expected to be considered by the cabinet on Wednesday, will be the first time standards for customs, tax, pollution and industry have been ... the “layout” of the region by shifting industries such as car manufacturing and chemicals out of the capital, giving polluted Hebei an incentive to clean up and congested Beijing the breathing space ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1557443/beijing-hebei-tianjin-integration-challenge-local-leaders
  5. Business - China Business - Electric vehicles

    FAW eyes sales of electric vehicles in China's most polluted cities

    Posted May 01st 2014, 11:51am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com FAW eyes sales of electric vehicles in polluted cities FAW Group, the mainland's third largest carmaker, hopes to sell several thousand electric vehicles ... pollution, particularly those that have set limits on new [non-electric] car licences," Dai Dali, general manager of the Changchun-based firm's new energy vehicle unit, told the South China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1501507/faw-eyes-sales-electric-vehicles-chinas-most-polluted-cities
  6. Business - China Business - MANUFACTURING

    Tangshan mill closure reflects wider problems in Chinese steel industry

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 01:06am by Reuters

    ... The Xinming Steel Pipe plant in Tangshan, a polluted industrial city that produces more steel a year than the entire United States, shut earlier this month, leaving more than 400 workers and a host ... at closing obsolete and polluting steel works. After a devastating 1976 earthquake killed at least 250,000 people and levelled much of the city, Tangshan was given free rein to use steel to rebuild ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1557738/tangshan-mill-closure-reflects-wider-problems-chinese-steel
  7. Business - Commodities - RESOURCES

    Tough pollution rules may cut China's steelmaking capacity by 2pc

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 12:59am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Shanghai Pollution rules may cut steel capacity by 2pc The mainland's slowing economy and tougher government anti-pollution efforts are taking a toll on its steel mills, ... government considers to be both inefficient and some of the greatest sources of air pollution. Premier Li Keqiang told the annual meeting of the National People's Congress in March ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1476968/tough-pollution-rules-may-cut-chinas-steelmaking-capacity-2pc
  8. Business - China Business - ENERGY

    Proposed giant tidal plant for mainland China is far-off dream

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:18am by Eric Ng

    ... to harness clean renewable energy to help fight air pollution shrouding major cities such as Beijing. "Mass commercialisation of tidal power is very far away, maybe it will happen by 2050," ... to enhance energy security and tackle pollution, but the cost-competitiveness thus far is highly doubtful." The mainland relies on pollution-prone fossil fuels, especially coal, for 90 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1556881/proposed-giant-tidal-plant-mainland-china-far-dream
  9. Business - China Business - ENERGY

    Sino-Dutch consortium spends up on feasibility study for tidal energy

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:18am by Eric Ng

    ... impact assessed. It has the potential to help China lessen its dependence on foreign suppliers and increase production of clean energy to help cut air pollution. But even if it passes economic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1556929/sino-dutch-consortium-spends-feasibility-study-tidal-energy
  10. Comment - Blogs

    Coke's smoggy battle, KFC's 'dead chicken bounce'

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 11:24am by Doug Young

    ... reports say Coke is offering generous incentives to attract foreigners to work in Beijing due to the city's heavy air pollution, reflecting a recent broader problem faced by many ... widely quoted over the past year saying air pollution has become a serious obstacle to recruiting expatriates to work in China. The problem is particularly acute in Beijing due to the city's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1555542/cokes-smoggy-battle-kfcs-dead-chicken-bounce

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