Environment of the People'S Republic of China

Business caught in grip of mainland water crisis

The mainland may face a crippling water shortage by 2030 unless more is done to raise storage capacity, with supply disruptions already affecting at least 11 provinces and some businesses, analysts warn.

Monday, 14 November, 2011, 12:00am

Safety checks for plants after protest

More than a month after a mass protest erupted in Dalian over a controversial petrochemical project, Beijing has launched a campaign to review safety risks at similar plants across the country amid mounting health and environmental concerns.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Crackdown on battery factories

Guangdong authorities promised to crack down on offending battery factories after the latest lead pollution incident left at least 136 people affected in Zijin county in Heyuan , Guangdong.

The victims - most of them children - in villages close to a battery factory in Linjiang town were found to have excessive lead in their blood on Thursday, Xinhua reported.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

Crackdown on cities with major lead pollution

The mainland's top environmental watchdog has stepped up its crackdown on lead pollution after a spate of poisonings, saying it will stop approval of environmental assessment studies in cities with major pollution problems.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

Co-ordinated drive to target heavy-metal pollution nationwide

The top environmental watchdog is teaming up with eight other ministerial-level agencies to crack down on heavy-metal pollution nationwide in the wake of a recent spate of lead-poisoning incidents.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing may lower goal for curbing pollution

Beijing appears to have scaled down its ambition in cutting pollution by setting a much lower target for a key water pollution indicator for the next five years than in the previous five-year programme.

19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Environmental watchdog lashes out after spill

The top environmental watchdog has urged all listed companies to release key pollution information each year and vowed to step up oversight of industrial polluters after another heavy metal poisoning scandal.

15 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Action needed to rein in offshore corporate push

Environmental groups have called on the central government to take firm action against reckless overseas investment activities by mainland companies, which they say have compromised environmental standards and attracted international concern.

9 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Wen pledges iron fist as time is running out on pollution-control targets

Premier Wen Jiabao has issued a grim warning over the lack of progress in hitting Beijing's established target in its anti-pollution campaign, which has been billed as the country's key battlefield in fighting climate change.

6 May 2010 - 12:00am

Climate change blamed for sandstorm blanket

Extreme meteorological events, not deforestation, were to blame for recent sandstorms that covered most of East Asia, a mainland weather expert says.

The sandstorms, sweeping down from the Gobi Desert, had blanketed 21 Chinese provinces and municipalities since Friday, Xinhua said yesterday.

25 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Money for fighting pollution 'wasted'

Nearly half of the funds set aside for environmental protection on the mainland are wasted by officials, often on vanity projects that end up causing more harm than good, a senior government expert says.

12 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

The benefits of capitalism, but at an unbearable cost

Unrestrained capitalism can be dangerous. In late-19th-century America, it resulted in contaminated foodstuffs, faulty consumer goods and pollution. If that sounds familiar, it is because an echo is to be found on the mainland today, with tainted-food scandals, hazardous consumer goods and environmental degradation.

2 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Watchdog fast-tracks projects

The mainland's environmental watchdog has accelerated its approval of large infrastructure projects to help government stimulus efforts, despite concerns about environmental degradation.

12 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Further study on Beijing's waste plant ordered after public protest

The mainland's environmental watchdog yesterday underlined its decision to delay a controversial waste-treatment plant near a Beijing residential area, saying the project could move forward only after a further environmental impact study and public hearings.

12 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Lowest marks over environment

Mainlanders gave the government the lowest marks yet for environmental protection last year, despite unprecedented public spending on such efforts in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics

16 Jan 2009 - 12:00am