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  1. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Beijing still among China's most competitive cities despite smog, report says

    Posted May 10th 2014, 04:13am by Zhang Hong

    ... affected by it are ever expanding." The central government declared "war" on pollution in March. And last month, the legislature passed amendments to the environmental protection law, the first revisions to the statute in 25 years, which allow for tougher penalties on polluters. One of the areas hardest hit by smog is the Jing-Jin-Ji region, shorthand for the expanse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1508707/beijing-still-among-chinas-most-competitive-cities-despite-smog-report
  2. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - ARTS

    Photographer defies light pollution to capture stunning night shots of Hong Kong skies

    Posted May 09th 2014, 08:40pm by Jeremy Blum

    ... pollution, but undaunted astronomy photographers are still finding ways to snap captivating shots of the stars above us.   Mew Chu is one such photographer. A computer animator and toy designer, Chu ... astronomy shots have been featured in the Hong Kong Space Museum, and the photographer has lent his knowledge of the city's skies to a 2008 light pollution research project at the University ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1507457/photographer-defies-light-pollution-capture-stunning-night
  3. 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
  4. News - China - AIR POLLUTION

    Beijing ramps up ‘war on pollution’ with record number of fines

    Posted May 05th 2014, 04:49pm by Reuters

    ... to fight pollution. Beijing’s air quality has come under intense scrutiny since January last year, when heavy smog settled over the city to the alarm of its residents. Premier Li Keqiang in March promised a “war on pollution” as the country seeks to stem public anger over premature deaths while weaning the economy off over-dependence on energy-guzzling heavy industry. Beijing’s ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1505028/beijing-ramps-war-pollution-record-number-fines
  5. News - China - AIR POLLUTION

    Pollution would be cut by high-voltage grid, says energy firm boss

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 12:22pm by Eric Ng

    ... pollution, which has worsened in recent years and was one of the central government's top policy priorities, he said. State Grid estimates that if its UHV grid connection plan is fully implemented, central and eastern regions' readings of PM2.5, the particles of pollution thought to be most harmful to health, would fall by 28 per cent by 2020 compared to 2010's levels. Liu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1445150/pollution-would-be-cut-high-voltage-grid-says-energy-firm-boss
  6. Magazines - Post Magazine

    Families packing up and leaving Hong Kong over pollution life expectancy fears

    Posted May 03rd 2014, 11:08pm by ANGHARD HAMPSHIRE

    ... Angharad Hampshire With children the most at risk from Hong Kong's air pollution, some families have reluctantly packed up and left behind friends and comfortable lifestyles. Angharad ... to leave. "Will became very concerned about the air pollution as he is an ultra-marathoner," says Haldane. "He was really noticing the air quality when he was running, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1501490/bad-air-daze-air-pollution-and-our-children
  7. News - China

    Beijing bans kebab vendors' grills to tackle pollution

    Posted Apr 30th 2014, 01:50pm

    ... Reuters Alarmed by pollution in the Chinese capital, authorities in Beijing will crack down on smoky outdoor grills from May 1, in a move that will hit the city’s popular kebab stalls, ... of lamb, beef, chicken wings and vegetables are cooked must be moved inside. Years of unfettered economic growth have taken their toll on China’s environment, and pollution is a major source ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1500651/sledgehammer-crack-nut-beijing-bans-kebab-vendors-outdoor-grills-tackle
  8. News - World - SPAIN

    Madrid parking meters to charge more for polluting cars

    Posted May 01st 2014, 09:15pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian in Madrid Madrid officials hope the new system will help improve air quality and ease traffic in city centre Parking meters to charge more for polluting cars The city of Madrid is introducing smart parking meters that will slap a surcharge on cars that pollute more and reduce parking charges for fuel-efficient vehicles, a system that city officials are touting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1501812/madrid-charge-more-forpolluting-cars-park
  9. News - China - LAW

    New tribunal to review environmental lawsuits and offer advice to lower courts

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 04:36am by Li Jing

    ... established a special tribunal to settle lawsuits about the environment and natural resources, its spokesman said yesterday, as the country seeks to bolster its legal fight against polluters. The tribunal would review lawsuits related to pollution, mineral resources and ecological damage that are lodged with local courts, provide judicial guidance on such cases for lower courts, and draft ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1546086/new-tribunal-review-environmental-lawsuits-and-offer-advice-lower-courts
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking points

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:45am by STAFF

    ... Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories... Lobby network discusses air pollution Clean Air Network meets journalists to give its views on government data on air quality collected in the first half of this year. It will report that Hong Kong's air quality still falls greatly short of World Health Organisation standards and that roadside pollution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1555463/talking-points

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