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2008-06-19 12:00:35

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "No Major Pollution Found in Quake Zone, Ministry Reports"] BEIJING, June 19 (Xinhua) - China's Environmental Protection Ministry said Thursday [19 June] that there has been no major deterioration of environment in areas affected by the devastating 12 May earthquake and aftershocks. In a report released on its website, the ministry said that drinking water and air in Sichuan, Gansu,...

2008-06-16 09:00:35

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/3f7a54/china_solid_waste) has announced the addition of the "China Solid Waste Treatment Industry Report, 2007-2008" report to their offering. During the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010), China will continue to put more efforts to increase its investment in environmental protection and its total investment is expected to reach CNY1.375 trillion, up 64% compared to the 10th Five-Year Plan period (2001-2005). The...

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2006-08-22 01:25:00

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING -- Pollution and poor management have worsened the quality of China's increasingly scarce urban water supplies, but the government will spend $125 billion in the next five years on the problem, an official said on Tuesday. China was now at a "crossroads" in dealing with its urban water problems, said Qiu Baoxing, vice construction minister, but he ruled out a large rise in tariffs to encourage water conservation, saying low Chinese incomes would not permit such a...

2006-08-21 05:27:32

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's environmental chief has blamed fraudulent environmental approvals and patchy installation of control equipment for rises in pollution, state media reported on Monday. Pollution discharges increased in 17 provinces in the first half, despite a government pledge to cut emissions 2 percent by the end of the year, the Shanghai Daily newspaper quoted Zhou Shengxian, director of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), as saying. "Fraud in...

2006-08-21 05:25:00

BEIJING -- China's environmental chief has blamed fraudulent environmental approvals and patchy installation of control equipment for rises in pollution, state media reported on Monday. Pollution discharges increased in 17 provinces in the first half, despite a government pledge to cut emissions 2 percent by the end of the year, the Shanghai Daily newspaper quoted Zhou Shengxian, director of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), as saying. "Fraud in project approval was...

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2006-07-28 15:45:00

MOUNT TAMALPAIS STATE PARK, Calif. -- On a mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Steven Cliff collects evidence of an industrial revolution taking place thousands of miles away. The tiny, airborne particles Cliff gathers at an air monitoring station just north of San Francisco drifted over the ocean from coal-fired power plants, smelters, dust storms and diesel trucks in China and other Asian countries. Researchers say the environmental impact of China's breakneck economic growth is...

2006-06-05 05:45:18

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - China's drive for economic growth is in direct conflict with efforts to safeguard the environment, the government warned on Monday, and degradation is worsening despite official efforts to curb pollution. A paper released by the cabinet on World Environment Day came amid rising public concern about smoggy skies and toxic spills that are poisoning rivers and drinking water, despite government pledges to clean up in time for the 2008 Olympics. "The...

2006-05-30 12:12:36

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's longest river is "cancerous" with pollution and rapidly dying, threatening drinking water supplies in 186 cities along its banks, state media said on Tuesday. Chinese environmental experts fear worsening pollution could kill the Yangtze river within five years, Xinhua news agency said, calling for an urgent clean-up. "Many officials think the pollution is nothing for the Yangtze," Xinhua quoted Yuan Aiguo, a professor with the China University of...

2006-05-06 02:56:08

BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to spend 4 billion yuan ($500 million) this year to provide 20 million of the country's rural population with safe drinking water, a vice minister of water resources was quoted on Saturday as saying. China has 21 percent of the world's population and only 7 percent of its water resources. The leaders of the world's most populous nation have made clean water for the people a top priority. The central government will treat contaminated water resources...

2006-04-18 20:25:08

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has said that dust storms that whipped Beijing and northern China in recent days were a sharp reminder of the severity of the country's environmental problems. Wen told an environmental meeting in Beijing that China needed to intensify efforts to rein in pollution and environmental destruction, the Xinhua news agency reported. "The succession of dust storms is a warning to us," Wen was quoted as saying on Monday. "Ecological destruction...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.