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  1. News - China Insider - AIR POLLUTION

    Schools in eastern China move flag-raising ceremonies indoors to avoid pollution

    Posted Dec 10th 2013, 01:55pm by Chris Luo

    ... the highest level pollution alarm. Pujia elementary school in Hangzhou cancelled the weekly routine flag-raising ceremonies normally held outdoors on Monday. A school spokeswoman surnamed Yu who ... this week has brought the air pollution level down in the coastal regions. Yet the Air Quality Index, a standard that Chinese authorities use to measure pollution levels, was still above 100, deemed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1377371/schools-eastern-china-move-flag-raising-ceremonies-indoors-avoid
  2. News - China - AIR POLLUTION

    Choking, toxic smog spreads across the nation to inland and coastal cities

    Posted Dec 20th 2013, 12:25pm by Li Jing

    ... or dust for the last two days, while three cities in coastal Shandong province were also blanketed by smog yesterday as pollution readings went off the scale. "This is alarming. This shows ... and Baoji in Shaanxi, and Liaocheng, Dezhou and Jining in Shandong were also among the worst affected cities yesterday, with pollution readings off the charts. The mainland's persistent smog ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1386597/choking-toxic-smog-spreads-across-nation-inland-and-coastal-cities
  3. News - China - AIR POLLUTION

    Smog persists across northern China

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 11:53am by MANDY ZUO

    ... Mandy Zuo Thick smog once again descended upon parts of northern China on Monday, with cities in Hebei, Henan and Shaanxi provinces posting off-the-charts air pollution readings. The air ... known as the place with the cleanest air on the mainland, continued to suffer from serious pollution after being hit by a duststorm late last week. Air quality readings surged on Thursday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1388939/smog-persists-across-northern-china
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Deforestation to blame for Beijing's pollution

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 12:00am by XUN ZHOU

    ... is sadly a reality of life. Early this year, according to Beijing's municipal environmental authorities, the city's pollution reached dangerous levels. On January 13, the municipal ... worse due to climate change, and the rapid economic development in recent years is also blamed. As a result, the city proposed a ban on older vehicles, on factories pumping out pollutants ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1204076/deforestation-blame-beijings-pollution
  5. News - China

    Beijing has 'relatively poor air quality' says environmental chief as air pollutants soar 30pc

    Posted Apr 03rd 2013, 12:37pm by Chris Luo

    ... as 'relatively poor' on Tuesday as statistics emerged revealing the level of major air pollutants in the city had soared by 30 per cent this year. Beijing environmental bureau chief Chen Tian said ... on Wednesday.  These two compounds- along with sulphur dioxide- make up the three major pollutants closely monitored by officials. Chen revealed that sulphur dioxide levels had dropped slightly, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1206079/beijing-has-relatively-poor-air-quality-says-environmental-chief-air
  6. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Japan looks west and holds its breath as Chinese pollution heads its way

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Pollution that has been choking the mainlandis heading our way, scientist in Tokyo warns The choking pollution that has shrouded large parts of the mainland is moving east to Japan, ... in recent years as China's air pollution worsened. Some fear the problem shows little sign of abating as China's economy continues to grow rapidly on the back of heavy industry ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1140588/japan-looks-west-and-holds-its-breath-chinese-pollution-heads-its-way
  7. Business - China Business - POLLUTION

    Air-purifier makers capitalise on smog

    Posted Mar 05th 2013, 12:00am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... Polluted air on the mainland has pushed up demand for air-purifiers, with international makers of the products seeing surging sales Blue sky days have become increasingly rare in cities ... products are sold in more than 50 countries, said its sales in mainland China soared 300 per cent year on year in the three months from last December to 20,000 units. High levels of air pollution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1177204/air-purifier-makers-capitalise-smog
  8. News - China - POLLUTION

    Beijingers respond to planned BBQ bans with a scoff and a cough

    Posted Feb 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan, Li Jing

    ... Official suggestions for ordinary citizens to help fight smog are dismissed as ludicrous by public Government proposals to reduce air pollution, in part by banning barbecues ... not come up with pollution-reduction measures that were acceptable to the industries most responsible for pollution. The draft proposals, submitted by the ministry earlier this month for public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1155761/beijingers-respond-planned-bbq-bans-scoff-and-cough
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Pollution from China triggers health alert in Japan's Kumamoto prefecture

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... and not to exercise outside, while encouraging them to wear a surgical mask when they ventured out. A thick fug of pollution has blanketed Beijing and other Chinese cities a number of times over recent weeks. Last month, Japanese media reported a swirl of pollution was making its way from China, further complicating strained relations between Tokyo and Beijing, who are squabbling over disputed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1180527/pollution-china-triggers-health-alert-japans-kumamoto-prefecture
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's smog may prompt action

    Posted Feb 23rd 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... a blanket of smog. Believed to be China's worst pollution spell in recent memory, the heavy smog has seriously disrupted traffic and forced schools, offices and factories to close temporarily. ... is also imposing special emission caps on new coal-fired power plants and steel mills starting from next month. It is good that the recent smog has renewed the momentum to tackle pollution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1156597/chinas-smog-may-prompt-action

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