Sept. 20, 2018


English Stories from the Chinese Press September 1st - 13th

Water

China launches new marine satellite

The satellite will help monitor ocean color and water temperatures, providing basic data for research on the global oceanic environment. Its data will also be used in the survey of the resources and environment of China's offshore waters, islands and coastal zones, marine disaster relief and the sustainable utilization of ocean resources.

Something stinking in river chief program

Cleaning up the waterways of a megacity like Shanghai is no easy task, which is why central and city governments have poured money, talent and policy into the matter. Many of the city’s waterways are cleaner than they have been for decades, but elsewhere, failed water quality tests persist with some rivers as dark and smelly as ever. It was in this environment that 10 officials, among them district directors, were warned yesterday after the rivers they are in charge of failed the latest assessment.

Air

Shanghai air and water pollution progress announced

The rate of "good" and "perfect" air quality days reached 79.6 percent, increasing by 7.8 percentage points over last year. Over 14 kilometers of sewage pipes have been built, with sewage interception pipes being placed at 77 sources of pollution. Sewage treatment facilities in some 91,000 households in the countryside have been renovated, as well as the sewage interception facilities in nine local rainwater pumping stations.

Energy

Shanghai Metro: from nothing to world leader

In July, Shanghai’s Zhuguang Road station won the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver prize, the most widely used green building rating system in the world, making it the first of all Metro stations in Asia to win the title.

Heraeus' US$120m plant to reduce China's reliance on imports of precious metals

Heraeus’ most advanced precious metals processing plant in Nanjing will recycle and refine precious metals and help China to reduce its reliance on imports of the metals. The recycling and reproduction of precious metals will become more important in the future as the energy consumption and emission of carbon dioxide is lower than the exploitation of precious metals.

Ecology

Escape to the countryside, the good earth

Shanghai launched the “beautiful villages” campaign in 2014 and aims to have 100 “beautiful villages” by 2020, from 62 now. There are about 1,700 villages in Shanghai. In general, “beautiful villages” should be “livable (environment), efficient (agriculture), lovely (life) and harmonious (human relationships).” Priority will be given to preserving idyllic landscapes and historical heritage in the course of modern agricultural and tourist development.

Other

Environmental summit gives chance to share green ideas

Ten water and environmental activists from China, France, Brazil and other countries, gave lectures and exchanged ideas like how to combine environmental-friendly concepts in urban construction at the 4th World Water Source Summit.

Chinese Charity Day kicks off with local forums

According to Chinese Vice Minister of Civil Affairs Gu Zhaoxi, China's social donations last year totaled 75.53 billion yuan (US$11 billion), which was widely spent in poverty alleviation, education, health, culture, environmental protection and other fields.

 




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