Jul. 16, 2018
English Stories from the Chinese Press May 5th-16th

Water

Yangtze River Restoration

Xi Jinping underlined the importance of restoring the ecological environment of the Yangtze River, saying it is in the long-term interests of the Chinese nation. He called for all-out efforts to protect the river and a ban on large-scale development.

China sends supervisors to inspect urban water pollution control

The campaign aims to accelerate the construction of environmental protection infrastructure and facilities so the urban water environment will be fundamentally improved, the ministry said. China set a target to eliminate 90 percent of "black odorous water" in major cities by the end of last year, while that in all cities at the prefectural level and above should have been reduced by an average of 60 percent, according to a national action plan.

Air

China Launches New Earth Observation Satellite for Environmental Monitoring

According to Tong Xudong, chief designer of the Gaofen series, Gaofen-5 is the first China-developed satellite that can monitor air pollution. It can dynamically reflect the state of air pollution in China through the monitoring of air pollutants, greenhouse gases, and aerosols.

Coal burning no longer major source of Beijing PM2.5: study

The new findings come as Beijing is encouraging the use of natural gas instead of coal for winter heating and shutting down polluting smokestack factories. Emissions from vehicles, ships, and construction machinery are the top sources of PM2.5, contributing up to 45 percent of the total pollutants in Beijing.

Energy

China's BYD, US Hybrid to develop first-ever hydrogen electric bus

China's leading electric vehicle maker BYD announced Wednesday to team with US Hybrid Corporation to develop a hydrogen fuel cells battery-electric bus. According to a press release, this bus, the first kind of electric bus using fuel cells technology, will serve Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Hawaii, one of the busiest airports in the United States with more than 21 million passengers per year.

Ecology

China to help Mongolia in Gobi bear protection

Under the deal, the Chinese Academy of Forestry will provide technological and management assistance to Mongolia to protect its rare Gobi bears from extinction. This will include assistance in scientific research of the Gobi bear's population and environment, as well as money for research equipment.

Rural women gaining higher social status through green business

The importance of building an eco-friendly society has been increasingly recognized around the world in recent years. While China's efforts to promote green development have also earned it global recognition, today, this tea-growing campaign is also helping more women in rural areas improve their social status in east China's Zhejiang province.

Greening a city with landfill

The Garden expo, a key attraction in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei province, is lush and surrounded by flowers in April. To many local residents, the fresh air and clean water are beyond imagination as the original site of the expo had been a landfill for almost two decades.

Azalea flowers in full blossom in Inner Mongolia

Azalea flowers are in full bloom in the grasslands in Hulunbeier City in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Sunday, April 29, 2018. The flowers are the city flower of Hulunbeier. The beauty of the natural environment is a tourism draw card for the region.

Other

Officials in 7 Chinese cities punished for solid waste pollution

In Linfen, 50 officials from the environmental protection, water resources and land resources bureaus were held accountable for the serious polluting practices by the Shanxi Sanwei Group. In response to the media exposure and public complaints, the MEE has launched a targeted crackdown on solid waste pollution.

 






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