Sept. 24, 2018
English Stories from the Chinese Press April 6th – 19th

 English Stories from the Chinese Press April 6th – 19th


Air Pollution

Beijing long way off PM 2.5 target: report - BEIJING, April 16 (Xinhua) Beijing's average PM 2.5 density in 2014 was more than double the official level targeted nationwide, a new report showed on Thursday.


Food, Water, and Soil

China Headlines: Water pollution plan to bring long-term gain - BEIJING, April 17 (Xinhua) A detailed action plan to fight water pollution in China bodes well for a nation troubled by dirty waterways.

Temperature rise might lead to fish stock change in North Sea: study - LONDON, April 13 (Xinhua) As the North Sea becomes warmer in the future, some species of fish commonly seen in the area will be replaced by other species, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Decades-long environmental drive yields results in Tibet - LHASA, April 14 (Xinhua) Tibet's environment has seen significant improvement after a decades-long ecological protection drive emphasizing afforestation efforts and new energy promotion.

Hong Kong pollution fight can be model for world, says environmentalist. Efforts in Hong Kong to reduce air and water pollution can serve as a model for the rest of the world, a leading environmentalist believes. South China Morning Post, China. 14 April 2015.


International Affairs

UN-Habitat Governing Council seeks stronger mandate to deal with urban crises - NAIROBI, April. 17 (Xinhua)  The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner warned the urbanization challenges will reduce the quality of life, adding that both UNEP and the UN- Habitat had launched a "Green cities Partnership" which seek to address the challenge of poor transport within cities and urban waste management.

World Water Council, OECD call for global action on financing water infrastructure - DAEGU, South Korea, April 13 (Xinhua) The World Water Council and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development ( OECD) on Monday called on policymakers and business leaders to address financing water infrastructure to provide water security to meet the demands of the global population and global economy.

China vows stronger cooperation with Sweden in environmental protection - BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met Swedish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate and Environment Asa Romson on Friday, pledging closer cooperation with Sweden on environmental protection.

South-South Cooperation forum focuses on clean, renewable energy - HONG KONG, April 10 (Xinhua) Officials and experts from developing countries gathered here Friday to discuss south-south cooperation for sustainable development and the transition to sustainable energy systems.


Law and Regulation

NGOs to get more say in environment issues – (Shanghai Daily) Source: Xinhua | April 15, 2015 THE environment ministry yesterday released a draft regulation, which allows nongovernmental groups to participate in investigations of major pollution cases.


China mulls public participation in pollution investigation - BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) The Ministry of Environmental Protection on Tuesday released a draft regulation, which allows non-governmental groups to participate in investigations of major pollution cases.

Guizhou to punish policymakers for worsening environment - GUIYANG, April 13 (Xinhua) Guizhou Province will punish officials whose decisions cause environmental damage, local authorities said on Monday.

Ministry orders to tackle pollution in wetland near Beijing - BEIJING, April 12 (Xinhua) China's central environmental authority ordered local government to tackle pollution with Baiyangdian Wetland in north China's Hebei Province.

New environmental protection law shows its teeth - BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) China's new environmental protection law has added claws to the usually weak enforcement efforts, helping reap roughly 12.3 million yuan (1.99 million U.S. dollars) in fines from big polluters in the first two months thanks to a newly designed provision.

Public urged to join pollution fight. The head of Shanghai’s Environmental Protection Bureau called on local residents yesterday to join the fight against pollution while also reminding the public about the potential financial rewards of reporting suspected environmental rule-breakers. Shanghai Daily, China. 10 April 2015.

Pollution fight moves up China’s priority list – (Shanghai Daily) April 11, 2015, Saturday - MORE than 920 billion yuan (US$150 billion) has been channeled to support the renovation of land, air pollution control and clean water projects since last year, China’s top planner said yesterday.


Technology and Resources

China lowers electricity price for grid, enterprise users - BEIJING, April 19 (Xinhua) China's top economic planner will cut the prices of coal-generated power for grid companies and enterprise users, it announced on Sunday.

China spends big on environment protection - BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) More than 920 billion yuan (150 billion U.S. dollars) has been channeled to support the renovation of land, air pollution control and clean water projects since last year, China's top planner said on Friday.



14,000 residents resettled as China chemical plant fire spreads to fourth oil tank. More than 14,000 people living near a burning chemical plant in Fujian province have been evacuated after it caught fire for the third time early yesterday morning and spread to a fourth oil tank before noon. South China Morning Post, China. 9 April 2015.

China chemical plant fire roars back to life, fanning environmental fears. A blaze at a Fujian chemical plant roared back to life last night several hours after it was reportedly extinguished, fanning fears over public safety and environmental fallout from controversial petrochemical projects. South China Morning Post, China. 8 April 2015.