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  1. Pouring money into a bottomless tar pit

    Posted Sep 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... change, and these days it's not so likely to be the oil workers getting diddled for their money in Athabaska, but investors in tar sands projects. The latest is PetroChina, which on Monday ... caused by toxic waste from oil sands projects for soaring cancer rates in the area. PetroChina is proposing to employ a newer extraction technique, in which super-heated steam is injected ...

  2. Dark future if officials stick to their head-in-the-sand air quality policies

    Posted Feb 20th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Imagine a city where fresh air is non-existent, and people must wear gas masks outside. Imagine a city without direct sunlight due to the constant cover of smog, and where plants struggle to grow. Imagine a city where lung diseases are rife and premature ...

  3. Climate change blamed for sandstorm blanket

    Posted Mar 25th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... an unnamed expert from the administration told Xinhua. He said a study showed that 40 per cent of the sand and dust that formed the recent giant sandstorm had come from 'outside China ... sweeping down from the Gobi Desert, had blanketed 21 Chinese provinces and municipalities since Friday, Xinhua said yesterday. Clouds of sand and dust travelled across the mainland to South Korea ...

  4. Capital turns back rising tide of sand

    Posted Jun 18th 2004, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... reports say. More than 730 hectares of farmland has been converted back into forest in four years as part of a project to bring the dust and sand that often whips through the city under control, Beijing forestry officials said. Hu Jun, deputy director of the Beijing Forestry Bureau's sand-control office, said the government had also relocated families away from the worst-affected ...

  5. Natural paradise lost to the sands of contemporary time

    Posted Dec 23rd 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... of land now classified as desert. At the epicentre of the desertification is the Dong Zhong area on the lake's northeastern shore. Sand dunes dominate the area, dotted with the occasional ...

  6. President Hu seeks Japanese expertise to build the vision of a cleaner, greener future for China

    Posted May 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... neighbouring countries. The yellow sand and dust blowing from China bothers Japan every spring.' A Japanese House delegate for the ruling Liberal Democrats, Masazumi Gotoda, was also concerned ... factory near Tokyo. Mr Hu expressed a wish that Japanese technology could be brought to China during his tour of a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle recycling factory in the Kawasaki ...

  7. A lonely fight for China's best irrigation hope

    Posted Apr 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen Qiu Weize, a former professor at the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, spent over three decades improving and introducing a Chinese version ... it troublesome? It is, but China is facing more troublesome challenges: global warming, a land shortage and energy crisis. Every one of them is very hard to deal with, but all can be solved by drip ...

  8. Scourge that knows no boundaries

    Posted Aug 27th 2004, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... China's new dams on the upper reaches of the Mekong River. The Chinese barrages are blamed, perhaps unfairly, for declining water flow and fish catches in the lower reaches of Southeast ... In East Asia, air pollution is the major cross-border environmental problem. Dust and sand storms affect Northeast Asia nearly five times as frequently as they did 50 years ago, according ...

  9. Declaring war on Smother Nature

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

    ... Ray Cheung in Beijing People are left to grit their teeth as experts struggle to keep choking desert sands at bay If mainland environmental experts had their way, the only sand in Beijing ... a tonne of sand from Inner Mongolia's Alxa desert- one of the sources of the massive sandstorms that shroud the capital and other northern cities in a thick brown haze every March and April ...

  10. Inclusion or new world disorder?

    Posted Nov 15th 2008, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... as a rival; the rest of developing Asia is in awe of its big neighbour; Japan, which has the biggest interest in China, has the vision of an ostrich with its head in the sand. In China's own ... Kevin Rafferty China is beginning to stir, to demand its rightful powerful place in the world of the 21st century. One sign is the presence of President Hu Jintao at the G20 economic ...




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