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2008-09-12 09:00:24

China Focus: China's environment watchdog warns leaders of penalties over pollution failures F JINAN, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's environment watchdog has warned local government leaders that they face penalties over failures to clean up the country's major rivers and lakes. The Ministry of Environment Protection on Wednesday put the leaders of 21 provincial-level governments on notice that they would be held personally accountable for the continued pollution of seven main waterways....

2008-08-29 15:00:44

No pollution after fatal chemical plant blast in South China YIZHOU, Guangxi, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Tuesday's explosion at a chemical plant in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region caused no pollution to air or water, authorities said. The regional Department of Environmental Protection said that samples taken after the explosion ripped through an organic compound workshop inside the plant, owned by Guangxi Guangwei Chemical Co., at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, showed no pollution. The...

2008-08-29 15:00:44

20 confirmed dead in south China chemical plant blast YIZHOU, Guangxi, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Twenty people were confirmed dead from Tuesday's explosion at a chemical plant in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, rescue headquarters said on Wednesday. At 4:30 p.m., rescuers found the last two bodies of the 20 listed missing after the explosion. All were plant employees in Yizhou City. Around 470 special rescue personnel left the scene after the rescue operation ended. All the...

2008-08-29 15:00:30

1st-Ld-Writethru: No serious pollution after fatal chemical plant blast in S. China YIZHOU, Guangxi, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Tuesday morning's explosion at a chemical plant in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region that killed 18 people caused no serious pollution to air or water, authorities said here on Wednesday. The regional Department of Environmental Protection said samples taken after the explosion that ripped through an organic compound workshop inside the plant, owned by...

2008-08-27 09:01:14

BEIJING (AP) -- Explosions ripped through a chemical plant Tuesday in southwest China killing at least 16 people and forcing the evacuation of thousands of nearby residents. Six people were still missing today and another 57 people were injured, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The first explosion occurred at about 6 a.m. Tuesday in Yizhou city in Guangxi province and the blasts continued until 1 p.m. Fire spread over a nearly 108,000-square-foot area, Xinhua said, citing an...

2008-08-17 18:00:37

By Cultice, Curt U.S. Commercial Service unites U.S. firm with Chinese company in $100 million deal Larry Hunt knows the coal mining business as well as anybody. After all, he came from an Eastern Kentucky coal mining family, first working the mines with his father in 1962. In later years, Hunt developed expertise in the engineering sector and pursued innovative clean coal technologies. Now, Hunt's dream has come full circle, culminating in a $100 million agreement to help China address...

2008-08-06 21:00:18

BEIJING _ Hali Zhati is a 15-year-old Chinese boxer who trains near Tiananmen Square at the Shi Cha Hai Sports School. Daily runs are part of his regimen, and Zhati reports there are "more and more good days now" for breathing Beijing's air. But some days he wears a mask. Other times, his coach keeps the boxers indoors. "When there is bad air, it is not good to train outside," Zhati said. With one day before the opening ceremonies, it's still touch-and-go on whether Beijing will have...

2008-08-06 09:00:30

China's environment watchdog expands BEIJING, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has expanded, with three new departments. These are the Department for Control of Pollutant Discharge, the Environment Monitoring Department, and the Department of Publicity and Education. "The reshuffle is conducive to the historic improvement of environmental protection," said Zhou Shengxian, minister of the MEP, at the ministry's mobilization meeting on July 25. "We...

2008-07-31 09:00:34

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "1st Ld: China May Expand Industry, Traffic Control for Cleaner Air during Olympics"] Beijing, July 31 (Xinhua) - Beijing and the neighbouring areas may impose stricter measures to curb industrial and vehicle emission in case of serious air pollution during the Olympics, according to China's environmental watchdog. Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei Province will expand their current curbs on cars...

2008-07-29 06:00:15

By Jim Yardley Less than two weeks before the Olympic Games, Beijing's skies are so murky and polluted that the authorities are considering emergency measures during the Games beyond the traffic restrictions and factory shutdowns that, so far, have failed to clear the air, state media reported Monday. For the past five days, Beijing has been a soupy cauldron of humid, gray skies. The city's pollution ratings have exceeded the national standard for acceptable air since Thursday, despite a...


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virgule
  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
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This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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