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  • Sep 30, 2014
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Air pollution in China

China treads cautiously in setting up carbon emissions trading

China launched five regional carbon emissions exchanges last year, and two more are expected soon, but it is years away from having a mature trading platform.

Friday, 14 February, 2014, 4:24am

Rich nations outsourcing pollution to China, says UN report

The world's richest countries are increasingly outsourcing their carbon pollution to China and other rising economies, according to a draft UN report.

21 Jan 2014 - 9:15am 20 comments

Beijing sets pollution targets for all provinces as smog worsens

All 31 provincial governments have signed up for specific air pollution pledges for the next four years as the mainland's leadership struggles to deal with worsening smog.

9 Jan 2014 - 12:04pm 3 comments

Cars or coal? Scientists split over main culprit of Beijing's air pollution

As China enters 2014 reeling from one of the worst polluted winters in recent years, experts from two major research institutes have openly disagreed over what is the main culprit behind the capital city's dismal air pollution.

2 Jan 2014 - 12:49pm 2 comments

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

The mainland's notorious smog has spread from major city clusters around Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to inland cities in central and western provinces and in the country's north.

21 Dec 2013 - 5:23am 11 comments

Inventors battle to help Beijing beat chronic pollution problem

With no quick solution to pollution in sight, people are inventing their own protection against the dangerous smog.

19 Nov 2013 - 9:02am

Guangzhou announces emergency measures to tackle heavy pollution

Guangzhou's government has rolled out emergency measures for days when air pollution is high. They include taking nearly a third of government and half of private vehicles off the road and forcing factories to reduce emissions of pollutants.

13 Nov 2013 - 9:32am 2 comments

Beijing 'flexible' in global climate talks amid smog concerns at home

Beijing intends to be "flexible" in UN global climate talks, the country's top negotiator said yesterday, while adding that getting rich nations to keep pledges to fund mitigation steps by poorer countries would be key to a deal.

6 Nov 2013 - 9:39am

China climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua laments ‘severe’ pollution

China’s top negotiator at international climate talks said on Tuesday that air pollution in his own country – the world’s biggest carbon emitter – is harming its citizens.

“China indeed is suffering from severe air pollution,” said Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, the top economic planning body.

5 Nov 2013 - 10:55pm

Beijing to adopt emergency measures to combat smog

Beijing is seeking to tame the spikes in its infamous smog by preparing emergency measures such as factory shutdowns and traffic limits to kick in when air pollution levels are especially heavy.

22 Oct 2013 - 8:33pm

No smoke without fire – is Cantonese cooking cleanest in China?

A national debate is underway in the Chinese press to find out just how damaging cooking is to the environment after a Beijing government official said that Chinese cooking was the main source of air pollution in the capital.

15 Oct 2013 - 7:05pm

Better pollution policies would mean longer lives for millions

In the early 1990s, China's former premier, Zhu Rongji, quipped that the move from Shanghai to work in Beijing would take five years off his life.

11 Jul 2013 - 7:57am 1 comment

Fashion-forward face masks a big hit in China amid soaring air pollution

China’s worsening air pollution has had a surprising and unexpected consequence – fashionable face masks.

A trend has sprung up among people who want to look good while trying to avoid the smog. Face masks are now an accessory and are matched according to the weather, sport or outdoor activity.

6 Jun 2013 - 2:47pm 1 comment

Environmental experts say China's new leadership has to tackle pollution

Lingering smog, dead pigs floating down waterways and rivers turned red and white - the mainland's new leadership was ushered in a month ago amid dreadful scenes in stark contrast to the "blue sky and clear water" pledged in their vision of a beautiful China.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:40am

Rolls-Royce's new ultra-luxury car wraithed in hyperbole

It cannot be denied that Rolls-Royce produces remarkable cars. It has recently produced another one - the Wraith - which was unveiled in Hong Kong yesterday in some style.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:57am