Jan. 22, 2019

English Stories from the Chinese Press March 16th – 22nd

 English Stories from the Chinese Press March 16th – 22nd


Air Pollution

'Olympic Blue' is coming - 'Olympic Blue', derived from the coined phrase 'APEC Blue', refers to fresh air and clear days that may come with the Olympics.  During last November's APEC meeting, host Beijing imposed strict pollution controls which led to a big drop in pollutants in the air. Thus, Beijing netizens coined a phrase 'APEC Blue' to describe the clear blue sky. -  March 18 (Xinhua)


Food, Water, and Soil

China to boost sustainable growth in agriculture - The State Council has issued a plan to boost sustainable development of agriculture by 2020, said vice minister of agriculture Chen Xiaohua on Friday. March 20 (Xinhua)

China to keep on greening - China has big plans for its forests as environmental protection takes center stage after great achievements in "greening" the nation. March 19 (Xinhua)

China Headlines: China's logging gets the chop - China's forests and associated industries are the latest state-owned sector to be enlivened by reform, as China marches toward a better, greener future.  March 18 (Xinhua)

City has more area of wetlands - SHANGHAI has 377,000 hectares of wetlands, up 50,000 hectares from a decade ago, the city government said yesterday. - March 17, 2015 (Shanghai Daily)


Law and Regulation

Environmental protection chief in coal-rich Chinese province accused of corruption - A former environmental protection official in Shanxi is under investigation for alleged corruption, the latest person to be suspected of wrongdoing amid a sweeping anti-graft crackdown in the coal-rich province in northern China. March 20 (SCMP)


Environmental officials vow to fight pollution - ENVIRONMENTAL protection authorities have promised to do more to improve water and soil conditions in suburban and rural parts of the city, while also fighting pollution caused by agriculture and poultry breeding. - March 18, 2015


International Affairs

UN chief urges cooperation, innovation to tackle water challenges - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged for cooperation and innovation to tackle challenges related with water, as over one in ten of world' s population still need improved water supply.  March 22 (Xinhua)


Feature: Access to clean water still a mirage in Kenyan slums - Water scarcity in many Nairobi suburbs has become the norm despite assurances from authorities that adequate investments have been earmarked to tackle the crises. March 22

China’s determinations in environment protection, economic development very remarkable: Swiss Ambassador - The determinations of the Chinese government in terms of environment protection and sustainable economic development are very remarkable, said Swiss Ambassador to China Jean-Jacques de Dardel to Xinhunanet. - March 20 (Xinhuanet) 


Technology and Resources

Hong Kong urged to use more renewables in future energy plans - Hong Kong should give up the idea of generating more power using natural gas and increase the use of local and imported renewables in its energy mix, green group WWF-Hong Kong has proposed. March 20 (SCMP)



Toxins appear to stay in fashion for labels snubbing Greenpeace campaign - Twelve out of 30 sportswear brands and upmarket fashion houses have turned down a request to clean up their act by removing all toxic chemicals from their manufacturing process and products, an international green group says. – March 20 (SCMP)






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