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  1. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Clean air to breathe is a human right, too

    Posted Feb 04th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... As anger grows among smog-bound residents, the leadership seems to lack the political will to make tackling rampant pollution a top priority After days of being shrouded in heavy smog, Beijing residents woke up on Friday to spectacular blue skies. But the ...

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    The solution to Beijing's problems: move the capital to Hebei

    Posted Oct 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com Congestion and pollution are making Beijing unlivable. The best answer would be to shift the whole seat of government 100km away A capital solution: move it all to Hebei Early next month, the ruling Communist Party is scheduled to elect a new generation of leaders to head the country for the next 10 years. As the incoming leaders ponder ...

  3. Combating pollution is main aim of course

    Posted Aug 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Ana Wang

    ... Written by Ana Wang University programme requires students to spend long hours doing research work under sometimes harsh conditions Sixty million sites pop up when 'marine environmental science' is searched on Yahoo. This appears to show just how interested people are in marine science. But one might ask the question what marine environmental science has to do ...

  4. Energy demands too big for state control

    Posted Jun 09th 2008, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei As the mainland focuses its attention and resources on providing disaster relief and planning the massive reconstruction effort in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, ... the mainland's domestic fuel prices are only about half of the international benchmark levels. According to the latest research report from Morgan Stanley's China economist Wang Qing, the total ...

  5. National emergency response body needed

    Posted Jun 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei The mainland's massive and rapid response to the devastating Sichuan quake has earned it praise at home and abroad, so much so that it has reinforced popular belief that only the Communist Party, with its dictatorial control of such a mighty national machine, could make it happen. This may be true to a certain extent. But just as the nation is turning its focus ...

  6. Officials need lesson in paying Mother Nature more respect

    Posted Feb 11th 2008, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei As mainland meteorologists have been keen to point out, the so-called La Nina weather phenomenon was the root cause of the extreme snowstorms that killed at least 60 people and stranded tens of millions of passengers ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays. This view has been supported by foreign weather experts who blamed the benign-sounding phenomenon for the severe ...

  7. Officials battling to save people and face over relief debacle

    Posted Feb 04th 2008, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei The worst snowstorms to hit the mainland for more than half a century are putting the authorities to their sternest test of leadership, organisational and crisis management capabilities in the full eyes of the international community. After a slow start, mainland leaders have mobilised the mighty national machine and mounted an unprecedented rescue effort in the past few ...

  8. Environmental pledge has to be backed up with action

    Posted Mar 06th 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... 'Our striving goal is to let people drink clean water, breathe fresh air, and have a better environment in which to live and work.' That is one of the multitude of pledges Premier Wen Jiabao made yesterday while delivering his government work re ...

  9. Fine particles nearly 10 times WHO ceiling

    Posted Dec 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... heard, Yang said. Wang Jin an environmental law professor at Peking University, agreed that public hearings were a good idea. 'If the new standards are compiled in accordance ... Shi Jiangtao Yang Changjiang did not realise how much Beijing's air quality had deteriorated until he tested it himself. Using a hand-held detector, the veteran environmental reporter ...

  10. Geologist defies ban to discuss possible link between the disaster and a hydroelectric dam

    Posted May 12th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... and before so many breakthroughs on important scientific and engineering topics,' he writes. Wang Yongchen, a Beijing-based environmentalist, praised Mr Yang's work as invaluable, saying: ... Shi Jiangtao Geologist Yang Yong was doing a field survey along the Jinsha (Yangtze) River in a Sichuan county bordering Tibet when he learned of the earthquake. He set out ...




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