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Hong Kong Chokes on Pollution for Second Day
December 10, 2007
Hong Kong is shrouded in the worst air pollution of the year for the second day running on Saturday, with hills across Victoria harbour invisible despite a sunny dry weather.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45849/newsDate/10-Dec-2007/story.htm

China Expects US$1.5 Billion for Climate Fund by 2012
December 10, 2007
China expects to raise US$1.5 billion by 2012 from a levy on sales of carbon credits, which it will channel into a government fund to raise awareness of climate change and cut emissions, the head of the fund said.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45870/newsDate/10-Dec-2007/story.htm

Green blueprint
December 10, 2007
The fact of climate change is unequivocal, scientists have warned. But also unequivocal is China's spending on energy efficiency and emission control.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-12/10/content_6308176.htm

BOCOG confident of good air quality during Games
December 11, 2007
Beijing is confident to stage an Olympic Games in a comfortable environment, said the Games organizers on Tuesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-12/11/content_6314023.htm

Trade surplus behind China's emission growth: Report
December 11, 2007
Net export of embodied energy in international trade from China has grown in recent years because of the country's trade surplus, according to a study released yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-12/11/content_6311414.htm

Beijing Turns on the Heat on Polluting Kebabs
December 11, 2007
BEIJING - Beijing, wary of blowing its clean air target before next year's Olympic Games, will crack down on outdoor kebab sellers as part of a 20-day campaign against street-level polluters, local media said on Monday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45903/newsDate/11-Dec-2007/story.htm

China eyes closer co-op with US in energy development
December 12, 2007
|China and the United States might see more opportunities for trade by boosting joint energy development, Minister of China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Ma Kai said Tuesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-12/11/content_6314255.htm

Guangdong, HK closing in on clean air targets
December 12, 2007
Environmental protection officials in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and neighboring Guangdong Province said on Monday they are confident of achieving their targets to reduce air pollution by 55 percent from 1997 levels within the next three years.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-12/12/content_6314891.htm

Shanghai moves closer to achieving environment goals
December 13, 2007
SHANGHAI: Efforts to reduce emissions and clean up the environment in this city are bearing fruit, the director of the local environment bureau said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-12/13/content_6317586.htm

Saving food for clean energy
December 14, 2007
The government is set to increase the use non-food products to make bio-fuel to strike a balance between food security and the growing demand for energy. To ensure that, it has changed its bio-fuel policy, banning any new plants from using corn.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-12/14/content_6320679.htm

Global giants blacklisted for air pollution
December 14, 2007
Forty multinationals are among some 4,000 firms on an air pollution blacklist released Thursday. Top companies such as Michelin China, Sina-Mars Group APP in China, the joint ventures of Toyota and Ford, and subsidiaries of Sinopec figure on the list of the China Air Pollution Map (http://air.ipe.org.cn), compiled by the Beijing-based non-governmental Institute of Public and Environment Affairs (IPEA).
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-12/14/content_6320921.htm

China stops 13 small power plants to save energy, cut pollution
December 16, 2007
China's top economic planning agency has revoked approvals for 13 small coal-fired power plants in six provinces amid efforts to boost energy efficiency and reduce pollution. The 13 plants have 25 power generating units with a total installed capacity of 2.44 gigawatts. Four are in Liaoning, two in Jilin, three in Shanxi, one in Hebei, two in Henan, and one in Guizhou.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-12/16/content_7262318.htm

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INTERVIEW - Olympics-Beijing Will Meet Clean Air Targets – Advisor
December 4, 2007
Beijing's contingency plans to battle pollution for the 2008 Olympics are based on extensive scientific study and will prove effective in providing clean air for the Games, a senior advisor to the organisers said. http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45706/newsDate/4-Dec-2007/story.htm

China, Japan to fight climate change jointly
December 4, 2007
China and Japan will help build a new framework to fight climate change after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012, says a press communiqu issued yesterday by the first China-Japan high-level economic dialogue in Beijing.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-12/04/content_6295790.htm

Investors Bullish On China's Clean Energy Technology
December 4, 2007
BEIJING - Foreign funds are lining up to invest in China as the country promotes cleaner energy and environmental issues, but investors say the state should step back from the market to allow entrepreneurs room to operate.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45727/newsDate/4-Dec-2007/story.htm

An alternative source of energy
December 5, 2007
China's recent rapid economic growth has created enormous social and economic benefits for its people. In fact, the Chinese government has made the greatest achievement in the history of human rights, lifting almost 400 million people from poverty to live with more dignity and participate in the economic success of the country.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-12/05/content_6299470.htm

Provinces construct green energy plants
December 5, 2007
China has opened eight biomass plants in five leading grain-producing provinces to cut carbon dioxide emissions and generate electricity, amid growing concerns over greenhouse gas and climate change.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-12/05/content_6299525.htm

Draft energy law seeks public opinions
December 5, 2007
The Office of the National Energy Leading Group announced on Monday a draft of the upcoming energy law in order to seek public opinions through the media and the Internet. The new law is expected to establish a pricing system based on market relations within the scope of governmental control.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=73721

Gas station refits to help curb heavy smog
December 7, 2007
All gas stations in Beijing will be retrofitted to prevent petroleum vaporization from causing smog and help improve air quality before the 2008 Games, an Olympics environmental advisor has said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-12/07/content_6304122.htm

Cleaner energy for Beijing cars
December 7, 2007
BEIJING -- Beijing will introduce cleaner energy for automobiles and greatly cut emissions, as air pollution has become a major concern for the city in the preparation for "green" Olympic Games.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-12/07/content_6306101.htm

China to offer incentives for non-food biofuels
December 7, 2007
BEIJING-- China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) has drawn up policies to promote the production of non-food sources for biofuels, a senior MOF official told a Beijing energy conference.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-12/07/content_6306076_2.htm

Moving smoothly on the road to green Games
December 7, 2007
Before October, Chen Gang used to struggle to wake up at 6:30 am every day, rush through his morning chores before running to the parking lot to drive his mid-sized Buick to his downtown Beijing office.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-12/07/content_6305141.htm

China Invites Rare Public Debate on Chemical Plant
December 7, 2007
BEIJING - The Chinese city of Xiamen has sought public comment on the future of a planned chemical plant in a rare invitation that comes months after mass demonstrations against the project.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45814/newsDate/7-Dec-2007/story.htm

Beijing's neighbors pledge to clear the air for Olympics
December 07, 2007
Several provinces near Beijing are going all out to help ensure blue skies for the host city of next summer's Olympic Games. The local governments of Hebei, Shandong and Shanxi provinces, Tianjin Municipality and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region have worked out measures to improve air quality for the high-profile international event.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/6317240.html

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WB: Air pollution costs 3.8% of China's GDP
Nov.19 2007
CHENGDU - Air pollution is costing China 3.8 percent of its gross domestic product, causing more diseases and claiming more lives, the World Bank has warned.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/19/content_6265825.htm

China mulls emission tax
Nov.19 2007
Chinese drivers may have to pay an emission tax by 2010 as the government is beefing up its efforts to curb pollution, a news report said on Monday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/19/content_6264593.htm

Clean energy cars: road for development has "Chinese characteristics"
Nov.21 2007
After sending its first moon probe into space, China is endeavoring to make another breakthrough in a more down-to-earth industry -- automobiles.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90781/90879/6305730.html

New vehicle tax plan
Nov.21 2007
The planned tax on car exhaust emissions should be introduced after prudent consideration, says an article in Beijing Youth Daily.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-11/21/content_6268377.htm

Joint carbon project launched
Nov.21 2007
China and the UK Tuesday jointly launched a carbon sequestration project for coal-fired power plants in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/21/content_6268055.htm

Polluting companies to be shut out of stock market
Nov.21 2007
Major industrial polluters will be barred from raising capital on the stock market, the top environment watchdog said Tuesday while pledging to step up efforts to reduce industrial waste.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/21/content_6268287.htm

Green road does not mean stunted growth
Nov.21 2007
China's economic engine will hit the green road, though it will continue to run. That's the message of the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) that concluded on October 21.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/21/content_6269330.htm

Wasteful industries in govt crosshairs
Nov.21 2007
Stricter rules will be adopted to prevent industries from engaging in projects that waste energy and cause excessive pollution.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/22/content_6270824.htm

China to improve energy saving, pollution reduction mechanisms
Nov.21 2007
China will gradually improve its policies and procedures related to energy conservation and pollution, said Xie Zhenhua, deputy commissioner of the State Development and Restructuring Commission.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90882/6306262.html

New Beijing natural gas pipeline to help cut coal consumption
Nov.21 2007
A Beijing gas supplier said on Tuesday that it had completed a new natural gas pipeline that would supply clean energy to residents in the capital's suburbs.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90882/6306258.html

Working toward a better environment
Nov.22 2007
The report delivered to the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) by General Secretary Hu Jintao lists environmental resources as a chief problem China now faces. For the first time, the report touches on environmental protection in length; and for the first time, it includes conservation culture.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/22/content_6270963.htm

China to monitor environmental impact on human health
Nov.22 2007
China will closely monitor environmental effects on human health to ameliorate the harm caused by air or water pollution, under the first-ever action plan of its kind launched on Wednesday.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90882/6307447.html

China's Energy Saving Efforts Gather Pace in Q3
Nov.22 2007
China's efforts to cut the energy it uses to generate each dollar of national income, a key pillar of Beijing's argument that it is tackling carbon emissions, gathered pace in the third quarter, government sources said.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45466/newsDate/22-Nov-2007/story.htm

China Coal Fire Put Out After More Than 50 Years
November 22, 2007
An underground coal fire in remote northwest China that has raged unchecked for more than 50 years has finally been put out, state media reported on Wednesday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45461/newsDate/22-Nov-2007/story.htm

China Tells Officials Not to Buy 4x4 Vehicles
November 23, 2007
China has asked government officials to abstain from using four-wheel drive vehicles and other gas-guzzling cars to lower emissions and protect the environment, state media reported on Thursday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45500/newsDate/23-Nov-2007/story.htm

Nations join hands on climate change
Nov.23 2007
SINGAPORE: China is ready to join East Asian nations in addressing climate change and promoting clean and sustainable development in the region, Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/22/content_6270749.htm

China must cut emissions to slow global warming: official
Nov.23 2007
BEIJING -- China must cut greenhouse gas emissions to slow global warming, even as the world's fourth largest economy tries to maintain fast economic growth, a senior climate official said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-11/23/content_6274914.htm

China: developing nations should set own emissions reduction targets
Nov.23 2007
China on Thursday emphasized that developing countries should shoulder the responsibility of cutting emissions but should not have to meet compulsory targets set by rich nations.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90883/6307741.html

Vehicle move lauded
Nov.23 2007
The State Council's move, requiring its departments to set a good example in energy-saving efforts and emission control by economically using their vehicles for business, should be applauded.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-11/23/content_6274261.htm

China aims to boost rural energy development
Nov.23 2007
The Chinese government is drafting a new rural energy strategy to boost energy development in the vast rural regions where some 10 million people in remote areas are still suffering from energy poverty, according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in China.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/23/content_6276089.htm

China to monitor local energy consumption, emissions
Nov.24 2007
China has designed a system to monitor nationwide efforts to conserve energy and reduce emissions, as the world's fourth largest economy starts to reflect upon the cost of its double-digit growth.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/24/content_6276704.htm

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China Emission-Cutting Fund to Reap up to US$3 Bln
November 12 2007
BEIJING - China could have as much as US$3 billion coming to a state-owned fund that supports emissions-reducing ventures, if a slate of projects on its books win UN approval, the Finance Ministry said on Friday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45268/newsDate/12-Nov-2007/story.htm

International cooperation key to renewable energy development
November 13 2007
The development of new and renewable energy sources will be an integral part of China's future energy policy, a top official said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/13/content_6249093.htm

Planning ahead for environment
November 13 2007
The Advisory Council on the Environment (ACE) yesterday urged the government to make detailed environmental studies for infrastructure projects to ensure the SAR's long-term environmental sustainability.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hkedition/2007-11/13/content_6249078.htm

Lung disease top killer in rural areas
November 13 2007
GUANGZHOU: More than 1 million Chinese die every year from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and as many as 70 percent of them never even knew they had it, experts said Monday at a press conference to mark tomorrow's World COPD Day.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/13/content_6249412.htm

Policy seeks to tap into 'green' energy
November 14 2007
The government is to introduce a new policy to help tap the country's huge reserves of coal bed methane (CBM).
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/14/content_6253019.htm

China lifts natural gas prices sharply
November 14 2007
China has raised the price of natural gas for industrial use and transportation by as much as a third in some areas, the first increase in over 22 months, but spared homeowners already reeling from quickening inflation.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/14/content_6254160.htm

Energy draft hints at separate ministry
November 14 2007
China's first energy law draft calls for placing the entire sector under a single ministry-level body, an expert who worked on the draft said Tuesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/14/content_6252999.htm

Energy management
November 14 2007
Mainstream opinions from researchers and legal experts calling for the establishment of a new government body on energy management is picking up steam as the country quickens its pace to draft a new law on energy.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/14/content_6252518.htm

Air, water pollution decreases
November 15 2007
ZHENGZHOU: Despite two-digit economic growth in the third quarter, both air and water pollution dropped for the first time thanks to intensified environmental protection efforts.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/15/content_6254872.htm

Industry gets new guidelines
November 15 2007
China yesterday published the nation's first energy-saving standards for cement manufacturing plants to further increase the industry's energy efficiency.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/15/content_6256056.htm

Facts About China's Three Gorges Dam
November 15, 2007
China's Three Gorges Dam lies across the country's longest river, the Yangtze, and will be the world's largest flood control and hydropower station when completed.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45343/newsDate/15-Nov-2007/story.htm

Pursue cleaner growth
November 16 2007
The long-anticipated fall of two key measures of pollution in the first three quarters this year has somewhat made China's double-digit economic growth relatively cleaner than it was last year.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/16/content_6258178.htm

Clean buses ready to roll in Shanghai
November 16 2007
SHANGHAI: A fleet of hybrid, clean energy fuel-cell buses will be operating in this city by 2009, giving green technology a major role in public life.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/16/content_6258115.htm

China to double nuclear power capacity by 2020
November 16 2007
China is to double its nuclear power capacity by 2020, the general manager of China National Nuclear Corporation said here on Thursday.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90881/6304275.html

Fuel-cell buses to serve on routes to World Expo. Venues
November 16 2007
A hydrogen refueling station for hybrid cell vehicles has been built in Anting area of Shanghai, ready to provide clean energy during the 2010 World Expo to be held in the city.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90781/6303958.html

12 heavy polluters punished under new 'green-credit' policy
November 16 2007
BEIJING - Twelve heavy polluting enterprises have had crucial bank loans recalled, suspended or rejected as China's new "green-credit policy" kicks into action, Friday's China Youth Daily reports.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/16/content_6259777.htm

China powers ahead on renewable energy
November 16 2007
WASHINGTON - China is well on its way to acquiring fully 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020, while the United States is dragging its feet on transitioning away from fossil fuels, according to a pair of reports released here this week.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/16/content_6260189.htm

New resource tax guidelines expected
November 16 2007
Resource taxes are likely to be collected on the basis of price instead of quantity, revealed Wang Min, Vice Minister of Land and Resources, during an international conference held in Beijing Tuesday. Enterprises with high consumption of crude oil, coal, and non-ferrous ores would be most affected, the Oriental Morning Post reported on November 14, 2007.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=72493

Energy law to focus on unified management
November 17 2007
The draft of the country's first energy law will highlight "unified administration" of the sector, but stop short of spelling out the establishment of an energy ministry, a key drafter said on Friday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/17/content_6260866.htm

Beijing bids farewell to coal heating before 2008
November 17 2007
A coal-fire stove provided heating for Zhao Yaoqin's courtyard bungalow in a Beijing hutong all her life. This winter, however, the stove has disappeared from the 66-year-old's life, an electric radiator taking its place beside her bed, the product of a government-aided initiative to promote clean energy in the national capital.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-11/17/content_6261497.htm

Renewables booming: Report
November 17 2007
China would likely achieve and could even exceed its target of obtaining 15 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020, according to a new report released by the Worldwatch Institute.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/17/content_6260899.htm

Straw synergy
November 19 2007
Across the countryside of China, autumn is the season when farmers burn off stalk and straw left over from the year's harvest.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-11/19/content_6262557.htm

Time to act on climate change
November 19 2007
Most Chinese citizens did not get the news yesterday morning as well-to-do families packed their cars with food and drink and drove to the city suburbs on fishing trips. Or for those who could not afford the luxury, they loaded their trucks with livestock or factory products to ship to the urban business centers.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-11/19/content_6262763.htm

Govt pumps 6b yuan into conservation
November 19 2007
The government has earmarked 6 billion yuan ($774 million) to pay for energy conservation projects to be launched before the end of this year, a senior official from the top economic planner said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/19/content_6262343.htm

Beijing promotes "clean energy" in heating season to improve air quality
November 19 2007
A total of 1,105 small coal-fired boilers had been converted to natural gas by Thursday, when Beijing started its annual heating season, marking the completion of a nine-year campaign in China's capital to have all 14mw boilers use clean energy.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=72513

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IOC Chief Says Daily Pollution Tests for Beijing Games
November 5 2007
International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge said on Thursday that a monitoring system would be set up in Beijing to gauge whether air pollution warranted delaying events at next year's Games.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm?newsid=45145&newsdate=05-Nov-2007

Weather Alerts Take in Ozone
November 5 2007
SHANGHAI has added ozone density to its serious weather warnings. All warning signs have now been modified, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau reported yesterday.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=20982

SEPA to evaluate environmental impacts of development plans
November 6 2007
As part of its bid to improve China's threatened environment, the State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) is set to evaluate the environmental impact of development plans in five regions and five heavily polluted industries, as pilot projects for national practice.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/05/content_6231527.htm

Decision makers to discuss Asia's growing GHG market
November 6 2007
The Carbon Forum Asia 2007 Trade Fair and Conference, the major platform for emissions trading, carbon abatement solutions, greenhouse gas (GHG) market, and new technologies, will open today in Singapore. The two-day event comes at a timely moment before the United Nations Climate Change Conference commences in Bali this December.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/06/content_6233675.htm

China to mass produce maglev wind power generators
November 6 2007
Construction began on the world's largest production base for magnetic levitation (maglev) wind power generators in central China on Monday.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=71696

Gridlocked Beijing not to limit private cars
November 6 2007
Beijing authorities will not put a limit on the number of private cars navigating the streets of the capital, despite increasing traffic congestion, a transport official said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/06/content_6234639.htm

Biomass-fired power plant starts operation
November 6 2007
A biomass-fired power plant that burns plant and vegetable stalks to generate electricity went into operation on Monday in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/05/content_6231034.htm

Roadside sensors to monitor cab emissions
November 6 2007
The Environmental Protection Department yesterday unveiled a plan to use roadside remote sensing equipment to monitor whether liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) taxi cabs meet emissions control standard.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hkedition/2007-11/06/content_6232212.htm

Henin Concerned About Beijing Pollution
November 6 2007
World number one Justin Henin is concerned about pollution levels at next year's Olympic Games after withdrawing from a tournament in Beijing earlier this season because she suffers from asthma.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm?newsid=45165&newsdate=06-Nov-2007

Beijing completes track construction of airport rail
November 7 2007
BEIJING -- The Beijing rail management company announced on Tuesday that it has completed laying the tracks on an express rail between the downtown area and Beijing Capital International Airport.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-11/07/content_6237290.htm

China needs energy efficient edifices
November 7 2007
Currently the three biggest energy consumers in China revolve around construction, industry and transportation. With construction in China booming and an increased demand for comfort in residences, energy consumption for construction purposes has risen accordingly, reported China Economic Weekly on October 29.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=71794

UN climate change chief impressed by China
November 8 2007
China is taking all the necessary steps to tackle the adverse impacts of climate change, chairman of the UN Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra Pachauri has said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/08/content_6239437.htm

North's biofuel appetite causing South's starvation
November 8 2007
It doesn't get madder than this. Swaziland is in the grip of a famine and receiving emergency food aid. Forty percent of its people are facing acute food shortages.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/08/content_6238989.htm

EU praises efforts to fight global warming
November 8 2007
The European Union yesterday praised China's efforts to fight climate change despite having diverging views from Beijing over a post-Koyto Protocol structure.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/08/content_6238637.htm

China to Reject Binding Emissions Caps, Europe Says
November 8, 2007
BEIJING - China will not accept binding emissions caps in any pact to tackle global warming, a European Parliament team said on Wednesday, but added the bigger obstacle was those countries who might refuse to join the fight at all.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45205/newsDate/8-Nov-2007/story.htm

City is prime example of how to beat pollution
November 9 2007
As a resident of Xiaoyi, Shanxi Province, Shi Fengqi recalls the many chimneys that billowed thick dust and smoke as a fact of life.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/09/content_6241717.htm

China launches CDM fund to address climate change
November 9 2007
BEIJING - China on Friday launched a State-owned Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) fund to finance the country's efforts to address climate change.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/09/content_6243822.htm

Diesel fuel 'kills thousands each year'
November 9 2007
Ships belching toxic fumes from diesel fuel contribute to the deaths of tens of thousands of people in Europe, Asia and the United States each year, claims a US report released this week.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/09/content_6241798.htm

China Environment Woes Blamed on Lack of Planning
November 9, 2007
BEIJING - Lack of central planning, ministerial infighting and a pervasive get-rich-quick attitude mean China's environmental problems are not going away any time soon, a state newspaper on Thursday quoted an official as saying.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45237/newsDate/9-Nov-2007/story.htm

China to produce 500 million cu m of coalbed methane
November 10 2007
China will develop an annual production capacity of 500 million cubic meters of coalbed methane by the end of this year, Sun Maoyuan, general manager with the China United Coalbed Methane Corp Ltd, said Friday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/10/content_6245363.htm

IEA praises Beijing for energy policy
November 11 2007
The International Energy Agency (IEA) praised China on Friday for its efforts to address the causes and consequences of energy use, but warned the country of challenges in meeting rising energy demand.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/10/content_6245034.htm

China to import 10 mln tons of LNG annually by 2010
November 12 2007
China will import 10 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) annually by 2010 as domestic demand soars with more LNG projects beginning operation, said an engineer with the China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. (Sinopec).
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=72023

China Emission-Cutting Fund to Reap up to US$3 Bln
November 12, 2007
BEIJING - China could have as much as US$3 billion coming to a state-owned fund that supports emissions-reducing ventures, if a slate of projects on its books win UN approval, the Finance Ministry said on Friday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45268/story.htm

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IOC Sees Green Lights in Beijing, Monitoring Pollution
October 26 2007
Chief Olympic inspector Hein Verbruggen foresees no "risks or dangers" in the preparations for next year's Beijing Games, although the problem of air pollution was being closely monitored.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm?newsid=45018&newsdate=26-Oct-2007

US investors, business eye China coal
October 29 2007
As China's appetite for coal is booming, American investors and businesses are cashing in. American pension and mutual fund money is being invested in the Chinese coal industry.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-10/29/content_6213271.htm

Children Kept Indoors as Beijing Fog Turns to Smog
October 29 2007
Beijing's weather office warned children and the elderly to stay indoors on Friday as heavy fog blanketed the host city of the 2008 Olympics, exacerbating its chronic air pollution, Chinese state media reported.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45035/newsDate/29-Oct-2007/story.htm

China Birth Defects Soar Due to Pollution – Report
October 30 2007
BEIJING - Birth defects in Chinese infants have soared nearly 40 percent since 2001, a government report said, and officials linked the rise to China's worsening environmental degradation.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45059/newsDate/30-Oct-2007/story.htm

China Energy-Saving Law Ups Pressure on Officials
October 30 2007
BEIJING - China has stepped up its conservation drive with a law that makes officials' career prospects dependent in part on their energy-saving efforts, the Xinhua news agency said.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45068/newsDate/30-Oct-2007/story.htm

SW China city to invest in major environment program
October 30 2007
Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, is investing billions of yuan in developing an environment-friendly pesticide and in a tree-planting scheme that will cover more than a third of the urban area.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200710/t20071030_112322.htm

Clean-air scheme to extend reach beyond capital
October 30 2007
The traffic-control measures aimed at ridding the air of pollution during the Olympic Games could end up affecting people in Beijing's neighboring provinces, a source familiar with the plans said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-10/30/content_6214764.htm

City embraces bicycle-friendly planning
October 30 2007
GUANGZHOU: City authorities here are planning to roll out a series of bicycle-friendly measures to encourage residents to travel on two wheels.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-10/30/content_6214782.htm

Climate change and the right to develop
October 31 2007
At the 15th Economic Leaders' Informal Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held in Sydney last month, President Hu Jintao made proposals for tackling climate change, including ways to strengthen cooperation, pursue sustainable development and promote scientific and technological innovation. He stressed that "climate change is ultimately a development issue and it can only be addressed in the course of sustainable development".
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-10/31/content_6218475.htm

Potential of greenhouse gases tapped
October 31 2007
The government is determined to work with global partners to turn the demanding task of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into lucrative business opportunities, a senior official said Tuesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-10/31/content_6218502.htm

Beijing to build its longest subway this year
October 31 2007
BEIJING -- Proposal for construction of the longest subway in Beijing has passed government examination and appraisal and will be built within the year.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-10/31/content_6218892.htm

Public transport popular than private cars
October 31 2007
BEIJING -- Beijing commuters using public transport now outnumber those using private cars, according to the Beijing Municipal Committee of Communications.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-10/31/content_6220737.htm

China Holds Int’l Forum on Methane Recovery, Use
October 31 2007
The first-ever international forum on methane recovery and use was held in Beijing on Tuesday and Wednesday, in a bid to facilitate international cooperation on methane capture and use.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=20950#

CNPC invests in ethanol
November 1 2007
China's top oil company has taken over a major ethanol maker as it tries to expand in the renewable energy sector.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/01/content_6221253.htm

Blue skies ahead for Shanghai, survey says
November 1 2007
SHANGHAI: The air is getting cleaner and the sky bluer in this busy metropolis, the local environmental protection bureau said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/01/content_6221028.htm

Olympics-How Beijing is Trying to Meet "Green" Targets
November 1 2007
China's capital has already spent 120 billion yuan (US$16.1 billion) to combat its chronic pollution and create a clean, green Beijing ahead of the 2008 Olympics.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45104/newsDate/1-Nov-2007/story.htm

Even With "Blue Skies", is Beijing's Air Safe?
November 1 2007
BEIJING - Beijing has vowed that next year's Olympic Games will take place under blue skies, but even on an apparently clear day the pollution levels may not be safe for athletes.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45105/newsDate/1-Nov-2007/story.htm

China May Bar Polluting Firms From Export Markets
November 1 2007
BEIJING - China has threatened to bar firms that pollute from exporting overseas, in Beijing's latest push to reduce the environmental impact of the country's economic growth, the official Xinhua agency reported late on Tuesday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45106/newsDate/1-Nov-2007/story.htm

Nation set to ride the wind
November 2 2007
SHANGHAI: China is expected to become one of the leaders in the wind energy market and play an increasing role in combating climate change, weather experts and officials said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-11/02/content_6224043.htm

Wind power as a win-win strategy
November 3 2007
To a country like China, which is thirsty for energy and power and determined to take the road of sustainable development, promoting the development of wind power could be a win-win strategy for all.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/03/content_6228440.htm

Measures needed to limit cars on roads
November 3 2007
Cities like Shanghai and Beijing must show stronger resolve to curb the number of cars on the road before their traffic jams and air quality deteriorate further.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/03/content_6228436.htm

China regulates development of new energy automobiles
November 3 2007
China has made a substantial move to advance the development of automobiles powered by new energies amidst concerns on energy conservation and environmental protection.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/03/content_6228446.htm

Public view sought on idling engine ban
November 3 2007
The government yesterday began a 5-month public consultation session to solicit views on its legislation proposal to impose a fixed penalty of HK$320 on idling vehicles with running engines.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hkedition/2007-11/03/content_6227679.htm

Beijing to introduce tougher auto emission standards
November 3 2007
Beijing will introduce tougher auto emission standards at the beginning of next year to curb air pollution in this host city of the 2008 Olympic Games, an official has said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-11/03/content_6228798.htm

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China Needs More Than Electric Cars
ENN October 22, 2007
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese carmaker Toyota is working to improve its hybrid cars and develop electric cars for the future, but an official said on Monday that these vehicles would not help reduce CO2 emissions in China.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=20780

Environment: Chengdu invests more to curb pollution
October 22, 2007
Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, is investing billions of yuan in developing an environment-friendly pesticide and in a tree-planting scheme that will cover more than a third of the urban area.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-10/22/content_6196999.htm

China raise fines on polluters to protect ancient city
October 22, 2007
The government of Lijiang, an ancient city and a World Cultural Heritage site in southwestern China's Yunnan Province, has threatened to impose hefty fines on polluters to protect the local environment.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90778/90857/90860/6287846.html

Beijing's worst polluter promises huge cut in emissions for Olympics
October 23, 2007
A huge steel plant which is Beijing's worst polluter has pledged to drastically cut production next summer so that the 2008 Olympic Games can enjoy better air quality.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90778/6289305.html

Whether Beijing’s Air Quality Ready for the 2008 Olympics
ENN October 24, 2007
The upcoming Summer Olympic Games have galvanized the host city of Beijing into a frenzy of efforts to beautify its image. With the clock ticking down to August 8, 2008, Beijing has expedited the revitalization of buildings along the city’s major roads, painting worn gray exteriors with more vibrant colors. Flat rooftops have been converted to more-attractive sloped ones, and shoddy and chaotic one-story houses are now hidden behind newly erected ancient-style walls decorated with beautiful imagery.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=20834

IOC president says air pollution may spoil Beijing Games
October 25, 2007
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said on Thursday Beijing was running out of time to tackle air pollution that could undermine the success of next year's Olympic Games.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90779/6290900.html

Pollution challenge for Olympics - UN
October 26, 2007
Air pollution remains a significant challenge for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, according to a United Nations environmental report released Thursday, but Beijing officials expressed confidence in handling the problem.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-10/26/content_6208220.htm
http://www.enn.com/pollution/article/24075

Air pollution remains concern - IOC
October 25, 2007
BEIJING -- Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Coordination Commission for the 2008 Games, said Thursday Beijing's air pollution remains a concern but the issue can be adequately addressed to ensure the success of next year's Olympic Games.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sports/2007-10/25/content_6207551.htm

Sustainable energy
October 24, 2007
To quadruple its per capita value of the 2000 GDP by 2020, China must develop a sustainable energy system as soon as possible. The report by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) that has set out a strategic plan for the development of China's energy industry until 2050 is not only farsighted but also urgently needed.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-10/24/content_6201300.htm

UNEP lauds 'greening' of Olympics by China
October 25, 2007
NAIROBI -- The Chinese government has made significant steps in "greening" the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) said in a study published on Thursday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sports/2007-10/25/content_6207681_2.htm

IOC Sees Green Lights in Beijing, Monitoring Pollution
October 26, 2007
Chief Olympic inspector Hein Verbruggen foresees no "risks or dangers" in the preparations for next year's Beijing Games, although the problem of air pollution was being closely monitored.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45018/newsDate/26-Oct-2007/story.htm

Green concerns keep many away from cars
October 26, 2007
Faced with consistent fuel price rises and the much-anticipated fuel tax, many Chinese have refrained from buying private vehicles.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-10/26/content_6207974.htm

Carmakers urged to adopt new fuels
October 27, 2007
The auto industry must switch its attention from oil to alternative fuels if it is to help combat the global energy crisis and slow environmental deterioration, Chinese experts have said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-10/27/content_6211269.htm

IPCC: New climate change agreement to be stricter than Kyoto
October 27, 2007
The terms of the international agreement on greenhouse gas emissions that will follow the Kyoto Protocol will be even stricter, economist Mohan Munasinghe, vice president of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said Friday.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/6291765.html

China adopts draft amendment to Law on Conserving Energy
October 28, 2007
China's top legislature adopted on Sunday the draft amendment to the Law on Conserving Energy which suggests work carried out by local government officials in energy conservation should be integrated into the assessment of their political performance.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-10/28/content_6211911.htm

Shanghai to shut down more coal-fired generators to clean up air
October 28, 2007
China's economic hub of Shanghai plans to shut down another three sets of coal-fired generating units with a total capacity of 500,000 kilowatts to meet its annual energy-saving target, sources with the local government said on Sunday.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/6292041.html

Children Kept Indoors as Beijing Fog Turns to Smog
October 29, 2007
BEIJING - Beijing's weather office warned children and the elderly to stay indoors on Friday as heavy fog blanketed the host city of the 2008 Olympics, exacerbating its chronic air pollution, Chinese state media reported.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/45035/story.htm

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China May Expand Environmental Watchdog Early '08
October 15, 2007
China's environmental watchdog could be expanded or given Cabinet-level status by March to enforce policies aimed at fighting chronic pollution, a top Chinese government adviser said on Friday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44818/newsDate/15-Oct-2007/story.htm

Hu Jintao advocates 'conservation culture' for 1st time
October 15, 2007
China will promote conservation culture while moving to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects, said Hu Jintao in a political report to the national congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which is believed to be the first time that China calls for conservation culture in a keynote political document.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-10/15/content_6176577.htm

Beijing keen to promote cheap public transport
October 16, 2007
Beijing will further expand its public transport network in a bid to relieve the city's clogged roads, a top city official said yesterday. Liu Qi, Party secretary for the capital, vowed that the city will keep fares low and provide a more comfortable and convenient passenger experience.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-10/16/content_6177853.htm

Official denies 'environmental disaster' caused by Three Gorges project
October 16, 2007
BEIJING -- The Three Gorges project has not deteriorated environment in Chongqing, a sprawling metropolis next to the project, Mayor Wang Hongju said here Monday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-10/16/content_6177400.htm

China Considers Environmental Tax on Polluters
October 16, 2007
BEIJING - China is considering an environmental tax on polluters to cut emissions, a senior government official said on Monday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44843/newsDate/16-Oct-2007/story.htm

Environmental violations to cost exporters trade suspension
October 16, 2007
The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) will ban Chinese exporters from trading overseas if they are found violating environmental protection rules.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200710/t20071016_111473.htm

HK firms in PRD more eco-friendly
October 17, 2007
Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau yesterday said that Hong Kong manufacturers, who participated in a pilot scheme launched last November to help factories in Guangdong Province adopt cleaner production processes, have done better than what is required of them.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hkedition/2007-10/17/content_6181503.htm

China to go eco-friendly
October 17, 2007
China will step up efforts to protect its devastated environment and cut energy use, President Hu Jintao said Monday in a major speech outlining the country's priorities for the next five years. Hu also said China will make a greater contribution to addressing global climate change, as he opened the five-yearly Communist Party Congress.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=70316

Tighter controls on air pollution
October 18, 2007
The State Council has reportedly signed off on a comprehensive strategy to guarantee cleaner air in Beijing during the Olympic Games.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-10/18/content_6185378.htm

Red China picks up 'green' line
October 18, 2007
Chunshuyuan, in downtown Beijing, is a "green community" boasting not only trees and meadows but also eco-friendly facilities. The latest community activity is "Green Commute Day", when residents are urged to leave their private cars at home and get to work by foot, bike, bus or subway on the 30th of every month.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-10/18/content_6186035.htm

Polluting enterprises to lose edge in power policy
October 19, 2007
The Chinese government has decided to phase out the policy of charging relatively lower prices for electricity consumed by enterprises producing electrolytic aluminium, ferrous alloy and chlor-alkali.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=70536

Carbon credit purchasers take step in helping nation go green
October 20, 2007
SHANGHAI: Twelve people in China have taken a new step in going green with the purchase of carbon credits - in which they offset their carbon emissions by funding projects to improve the environment.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-10/20/content_6192521.htm

Nation attaches importance to global warming
October 22, 2007
China attaches great importance to climate change and has always been a responsible player combating global warming, delegates at the 17th Party congress said, ahead of a number of international meetings addressing the problem.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-10/22/content_6195229.htm

CBM Boom
October 22, 2007
Several coalbed methane (CBM) pipelines are planned for North China's Shanxi Province, home to one-third of China's coal reserves. With a total investment of over three billion yuan, they will better utilize the province's vast CBM resources - a coal mine gas with components similar to natural gas.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-10/22/content_6194770.htm

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Bid for better environment means chances
Oct.8 2007
China's current drive for an energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly society will bring business opportunities worth up to US$300 billion in the coming five years, said a senior Chinese trade official.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200710/t20071008_109898.htm

Combating climate change: China goes on offensive
Oct.8 2007
Chinese President Hu Jintao and a group of other state leaders were pictured wearing open-necked shirts with short sleeves, rather than their normal jackets and ties when attending a high-profile conference at the Party School of the Communist Party of China Central Committee on June 25 of this year.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200710/t20071008_109900.htm

SEPA penalizes assessment agencies
Oct.9 2007
China's environment watchdog has penalized five environmental impact assessment agencies, including a ministry department, for "poor quality" and "inadequate managerial systems".
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200710/t20071009_110707.htm

Progress in green drive
Oct.10 2007
A total of 256.6 billion yuan was poured into environmental protection in China last year, an increase of 87.7 percent from 2002, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-10/10/content_6163583.htm

Huge natural gas field found in Xinjiang
Oct.10 2007
PetroChina Tarim Oilfield Company has discovered a natural gas field with a proven reserve of more than 130 billion cubic meters in Baicheng County, north-west China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-10/10/content_6163963.htm

Tian Ming: putting environment before GDP
Oct.10 2007
Shizuishan is the industrial center of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. The city has experienced rapid economic development due to advances in new industries, industrialized agriculture, and information technology.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-10/10/content_6170534.htm

China City Bans Cars Over Holiday, Lauds Results
Oct.10 2007
BEIJING - A Chinese city saved almost US$160,000 and its residents had a respite from polluted air during a week-long ban on private cars over the recent National Day holiday, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44760/newsDate/10-Oct-2007/story.htm

City takes aim at black vehicle exhaust
Oct.11 2007
SHANGHAI: This city's legislature endorsed a bill yesterday that is expected to ban vehicles that emit black exhaust.This revision to Shanghai's existing amendments to a national law on the prevention of air pollution - due to take effect on January 1 - stipulates that no vehicles are allowed to emit black exhaust.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-10/11/content_6164682.htm

Greater efforts needed to clear Beijing smog
Oct.11 2007
It was meant to showcase the crystal clear air sports fans and athletes will enjoy during the Beijing Olympics.But environment expert Yang Fuqiang fears the capital's air quality didn't improve enough during the Games test period.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-10/11/content_6164857.htm

Beijing upgrades metro system
Oct.11 2007BEIJING -- The Beijing metro authority has begun renovations of the city's old metro system for the purpose of improving convenience for passengers.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-10/11/content_6166365.htm

Smoking to be banned in Shanghai taxis
Oct.11 2007
SHANGHAI: A new campaign to ban smoking in taxis is part of a wider push to clean up the city's image before the 2010 World Expo. The Shanghai Dazhong Taxi, a taxi company, said drivers found smoking in their cabs could "possibly" be fined or even temporarily banned from working.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-10/11/content_6165425.htm

Chinese polluters face Olympic shutdown
Oct.11 2007
China is considering limiting the operations of steel­makers, petrochemical plants and other factories near Beijing for nearly two months next year in order to reduce air pollution during the Olympic Games, according to local media.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7463c3a2-780c-11dc-8e4c-0000779fd2ac.html?nclick_check=1

Stringent measures to nab polluters
Oct.12 2007
An industrial pollution control campaign has been set in motion this year in Liaoning Province, one of China's old industrial bases in the northeastern area, according to provincial environmental protection bureau sources.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-10/12/content_6167564.htm

Biofuel expert allays food-shortage worries
Oct.12 2007
A biofuel expert yesterday rejected an international report claiming that China's plan to produce more biofuels could lead to food and water shortages in the country.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-10/12/content_6167253.htm

Olympics Clean Air Push Dampens Beijing Fuel Demand
Oct.12 2007
BEIJING - Oil traders counting on a one-off leap in Chinese oil demand ahead of next year's Olympics Games, hosted by Beijing, may be disappointed as plans to boost air quality will instead cut fuel use in the capital.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44799/story.htm

Traffic policy needs to encourage car pools
Oct.13 2007
A fine of 20,000 yuan (US$2,660) imposed on a man who gave a lift to hitchhikers touched off a debate on the phenomenon of car pools in urban areas.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-10/13/content_6172031.htm

Road rules ease jams
Oct.13 2007
Improving traffic management could produce surprisingly good results in reducing traffic jams, says a commentary in the Beijing News.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-10/13/content_6171441.htm

BRT helps to ease traffic woes
Oct.13 2007
Beijing is working on another two BRT (bus rapid transit) lines after the first line was put into operation last year, in a bid to extend the city's BRT lines to 60 km before the opening of the 2008 Olympics.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-10/13/content_6171429.htm

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Beijing finally decides to cut subway fares
October 1, 2007
The Beijing government has finally decided to cut subway fares by about 30 percent amid efforts to boost public transport, ease road congestion and improve air quality ahead of the Olympics.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-10/01/content_6149685.htm

Beijing enjoys most "blue sky" days in September in seven years
October 2, 2007
The "blue sky" days, or days with fairly good air quality, reached 25 in Beijing in the past month, setting a record in seven years, local environment authorities said on Monday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-10/02/content_6823492.htm

PetroChina to invest US$1.3b in new energy by 2010
October 2, 2007
PetroChina, the country's largest oil and gas producer, will invest 10 billion yuan (US$1.3 billion) in building facilities for new energy production by 2010, a senior company official said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-10/02/content_6156097.htm

Combating climate change: China goes offensive
October 4, 2007
Chinese President Hu Jintao and a group of other state leaders were pictured wearing open-necked shirts with short sleeves, rather than their normal jackets and ties when attending a high-profile conference at the Party School of the Communist Party of China Central Committee on June 25 of this year.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-10/04/content_6152758.htm

China Solar Power Firm Sees 25 Pct Growth
October 4, 2007
China's top maker of solar water heaters, Himin Solar Energy Group, expects earnings to grow 25 percent to around 2.5 billion yuan (US$333.2 million) this year, but said raw material costs and a lack of government support are denting profits.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44648/newsDate/4-Oct-2007/story.htm

Beijing reconnects with public transport
October 5 2007
Beijing's hard-pressed commuters should count themselves blessed, for they are about to receive that rarest of boons: more transport for less money. Even as the Chinese capital opens its new 27.6km No. 5 mass transit line on Sunday, the price of tickets for the expanded underground network is being slashed to a flat fare of Rmb2, less than half the previous maximum tariff.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/58ea7402-734f-11dc-abf0-0000779fd2ac.html

Coal industry urged to speed up energy saving
October 5, 2007
China's coal mining industry has been urged to be more efficient in energy consumption so as to realize the goal of saving 60 million tons of standard coal set in the government's 11th Five-Year Program (2006-2010).
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-10/05/content_6153556.htm

Bike rentals to curb pollution, ease jams
October 6, 2007
Zhang Qiang started a new career early this year - renting out bicycles at Beijing's Drum Tower. "I am making a contribution to the green Olympic Games, as my work helps improve Beijing's traffic and air," said the 40-something Zhang.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-10/06/content_6153837.htm

Feature: China looks to energy independence
October 6, 2007
The high-pitched tone of the China Central Television news announcer was all too familiar to Chinese aged 40 or over. Many important events in their lives were broadcast in the same manner.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-10/06/content_6833162.htm

Bid for better environment means chances
October 7, 2007
BEIJING -- China's current drive for an energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly society will bring business opportunities worth up to $300 billion in the coming five years, said a senior Chinese trade official.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-10/07/content_6155417.htm

Beijing opens new subway to ease road congestion
October 7, 2007
BEIJING -- Beijing opened a new subway line on Sunday in a bid to boost public transport and ease road congestion ahead of the Olympics.
Beijing's No. 5 subway line, which runs through the heart of the city from north to south, opened at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, when the week-long National Day holiday ended.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-10/07/content_6155285.htm

Cow power
October 8, 2007
Beijing residents, who get one-fifth of their electricity from Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, are now likely to have access to a greener kind of electricity - from organically produced methane gas.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-10/08/content_6155652.htm

Green Fuels Will Save the Earth - Or Not
October 8, 2007
HONG KONG - The earth is too small to accommodate all the biofuels projects envisioned for the globe, and this raises doubts whether green fuels will ever play a big role in weaning the world off crude oil.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44686/story.htm

As China Greens Up, Bet the Farm -- Not the Wind
October 8, 2007
HONG KONG - China's ambitious plan to cut pollution by using more renewable energy has cast an economic cloud over its sprawling, coal-addicted power producers, but could be a profit bonanza for firms supplying their equipment.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44692/story.htm

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Chinese cities promote "energy saving" in blackouts
September 24, 2007
Beijing authorities switched off the landscape lights and flood lamps at Wangfujing, the busiest commercial street in the Chinese capital, for 30 minutes Sunday night, in the hope of raising the public awareness of saving energy.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-09/24/content_6780214.htm

China's environmental situation remains serious
September 24, 2007
China's overall environmental situation is still "serious" with frequent pollution accidents affecting the quality of life for many people, said a report released by the environment watchdog on Monday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/24/content_6130725.htm

CAS outlines strategic plan for China's energy development over next 40 years
September 24, 2007
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has set out a strategic plan for the development of China's energy industry until 2050. The plan proposes three steps. The first is to develop energy-saving technology and master techniques in the collection, storage and utilization of carbon dioxide by 2020.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-09/24/content_6783535.htm

Hiding behind pollution in China
September 24, 2007
In 1991, Lawrence Summers, then the World Bank's chief economist and later Bill Clinton's Treasury secretary, wrote a memo suggesting that the bank should encourage the world's dirty industries to move to developing countries.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/09/24/news/edchina.php

More gas firms allowed to sign foreign contracts
September 25, 2007
Domestic gas companies will be allowed to sign more global cooperation deals in a move designed to channel funds and technology into China's gas industry.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-09/25/content_6131815.htm

China warns of environmental "catastrophe" from Three Gorges Dam
September 26, 2007
Chinese officials and experts have admitted the Three Gorges Dam project has caused an array of ecological ills, including more frequent landslides and pollution, and if preventive measures are not taken, there could be an environmental "catastrophe".
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-09/26/content_6796234.htm

New five-year plan to help combat pollution unveiled
September 27, 2007
The State Council has approved in principle a five-year environmental protection plan for tackling pollution. The plan, approved during an executive meeting presided by Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday, mainly focuses on "pollution control and prevention" in order to achieve the environmental protection targets set by the government last year.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/27/content_6137307.htm

China urges investment in pollution control projects
September 27, 2007
China will encourage investment in pollution control projects to help the country meet its environmental goals, according to an environmental policy blueprint provisionally approved on Wednesday.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=69256

China's Hydropower May be Global Warming Time Bomb
September 27, 2007
BEIJING - China is scrambling to build massive hydropower dams to curb pollution and slake its thirst for energy, but scientists warn that reservoirs can also worsen global warming by emitting a powerful greenhouse gas.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44533/newsDate/27-Sep-2007/story.htm

Government shuts 253 small power units
September 28, 2007
In the past eight months, China has shut down 253 small coal-fired generating units that were heavy energy consumers and emitters, and replaced them with high-efficiency generators that cut yearly coal consumption by 13.5 million tons and CO2 emissions by 27 million tons.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/28/content_6142872.htm

Developing nations' green efforts 'ignored'
September 28, 2007
Developed nations shouldn't ignore the great efforts China and other developing countries have put in to tackle climate change, ministers from China, Brazil, Mexico and Portugal said in Washington on Wednesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/28/content_6140656.htm

Public transport first
September 28, 2007
A consensus is forming around the need for public transport to take on the pollution and inconvenience created by urban traffic. The situation had its clearest expression during the public hearing on the price of subway tickets on Wednesday in Beijing, when 80 percent of the participants said they supported the formula of a 2 yuan ticket for all riders on all routes, no matter how many stops they travel.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-09/28/content_6141362.htm

China Environment in Spotlight, But Can Leaders Act?
September 28, 2007
China's pollution woes will form the smoggy backdrop to a key Communist Party gathering in October as leaders, who long treated nature as a foe to conquer, now fear that dirty air and water threaten stability and growth.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44570/story.htm

Many Biofuels Have More Climate Impact Than Oil
September 28, 2007
Most crops grown in the United States and Europe to make "green" transport fuels actually speed up global warming because of industrial farming methods, says a report by Nobel prize winning chemist Paul J. Crutzen.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44555/story.htm

Climate change issue must be resolved through development
September 29, 2007
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said here Friday that climate change is ultimately an issue of development and can only be resolved through development.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/29/content_6144911.htm

Report: Beijing's four-day traffic ban cuts pollutant discharge by 5,800 tons
September 29, 2007
During the four-day test period ahead of next August's Olympic Games in Beijing last month, the amount of pollutants discharged was cut by 5815.2 tons, according to a report released by Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau on Saturday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-09/29/content_6815412.htm

China accelerating urbanization
September 30, 2007
According to the "Report on economic and social development between the 16th and 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China VII: Urban socio-economic development in harmony," issued by National Bureau of Statistics on September 26, there were a total of 661 cities in China in 2006. There is a gross urban population of 577 million people, accounting for 43.9% of the country's total population.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90882/6274828.html

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China Plans First `No Car Day' on Sept. 22 to Reduce Pollution
September 17, 2007
China plans to ban cars from streets in 108 cities in its first ``No Car Day'' on Sept. 22, part of an effort to promote environmental protection and ease congestion in the world's second-largest auto market.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=a4At1d6CHoJg&refer=latin_america

Beijing plays down Olympic smog fears
September 18 2007
China has no plans to order factories in and around Beijing to suspend operations during next year’s Olympic Games, despite widespread concerns about the effect of air pollution on athletes. In an interview with the Financial Times, Liu Qi, Beijing Communist party chief and head of the Olympic organising committee, waved aside worries that bad air could mar a sporting event in which the government has invested enormous political capital.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/883b0df8-655c-11dc-bf89-0000779fd2ac,dwp_uuid=9c33700c-4c86-11da-89df-0000779e2340.html

China, US in Joint Energy Audit of Chinese Factories
September 18, 2007
China and the United States have agreed to a joint study tracking the Chinese industrial sector's energy consumption patterns, part of the two governments' efforts to boost energy efficiency, the China Daily reported on Monday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44389/newsDate/18-Sep-2007/story.htm

Renewable Energy May Account for 30% of China’s Energy Supply in 2050, Predicts Expert
September 18, 2007
Renewable energy could contribute to 30 percent of China's total energy supply by 2050, an energy expert estimated on Tuesday. Chinese wind power stations may have the ability to generate 300 to 500 million kw of electricity in 2050 and another 200 million to 300 million kw will be generated by solar energy, Shi Dinghuan, president of the Chinese Renewable Energy Society, said at the Solar World Congress 2007 in Beijing.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=20224

Energy Saving A Key State Policy - Ministry
September 18, 2007
Energy saving and emission reduction, like population control, has become a key State policy, Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai said Monday. The development model adopted since the late 1970s is causing more strains than the country can bear, he said at the China (Taiyuan) International Coal & Energy New Industry Expo 2007 in the capital of Shanxi Province.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=20203

Renewable energy accounts for 8% of total consumed energy last year
September 18, 2007
By the end of 2006, China's renewable energy utilization amounted to 200 million tons of standard coal (excluding the traditional use of bioenergy), accounting for 8% of total energy consumption in China – 0.5 percentage points higher than that of 2005. This was revealed at the 2007 World Solar-energy Conference held in Beijing.

Bo: Energy saving a key State policy
September 18, 2007
TAIYUAN: Energy saving and emission reduction, like population control, has become a key State policy, Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai said yesterday. The development model adopted since the late 1970s is causing more strains than the country can bear, he said at the China (Taiyuan) International Coal & Energy New Industry Expo 2007 in the capital of Shanxi Province.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90884/6264976.html

Foreign firms face penalties
September 18, 2007
A senior official at the environment watchdog yesterday vowed to mete out equally harsh punishments to domestic and foreign-funded firms that violate environmental laws.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-09/18/content_6114401.htm

Beijing to Host 2nd China-Japan Energy and Environment Forum
September 19, 2007
The Second China-Japan Forum on Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection is scheduled to convene on Sep. 27 and 28 in Beijing, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced on Wednesday.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=20251

China to enter 'wind power era' before 2010 - expert
September 20, 2007
China will enter an era in which wind power will be fully developed by 2010, an expert said on Wednesday. He Dexin, president of the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA), said the gross installed power-generating capacity would reach 5,000 megawatts by the end of 2010, ahead of schedule.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/20/content_6121205.htm

China Faltering on Support For Solar Power - Report
September 20, 2007
BEIJING - Solar panels could generate over 10 percent of China's power by the middle of the century, but only if Beijing steps up support for pioneering generating plants and sets more ambitious targets, a report said on Wednesday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44415/newsDate/20-Sep-2007/story.htm

Silicon Valley venture capitalists look for clean slate in China
September 20, 2007
Silicon Valley venture capitalists have started to take a greater interest in clean technology investments in China.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/09/20/BU51S0GNL.DTL&type=tech

China vows to tackle climate change
September 21, 2007
China will continue its efforts in the battle to prevent climate change, said Yu Qingtai, China's new special representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs for climate change negotiations, on Friday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/21/content_6125696.htm

China to increase solar water heater coverage by 50% by 2010
September 21, 2007
The coverage of solar water heating systems in operation in China will reach 150 million square meters in 2010, an increase of 50 percent from the current level, a report from the country's top planning authority predicted.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-09/21/content_6125262.htm

Corn processing for biofuel tightened
September 21, 2007
China's top economic planner has raised the threshold for the establishment of corn-based biofuel production companies in an attempt to ensure food grain supply.
"Corn processing firms should have relatively strong economic strength and risk resistance capacity as well as a strong sense of social responsibility," Friday's Shanghai Securities News quoted guiding principles released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) as saying.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/21/content_6125704.htm

China to Tap Global Uranium for Nuclear Expansion
September 21, 2007
BEIJING - China plans to tap the global uranium market to feed the rapid expansion of its nuclear power sector, a top economic planner said on Thursday, although strong demand for the metal has pushed prices above historical levels.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44441/newsDate/21-Sep-2007/story.htm

Drive to make Beijing taxis smoke-free
September 21, 2007
Beijing municipal authorities will ban both cab drivers and passengers from smoking in taxis next month in a drive to promote a tobacco-free Olympics.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/21/content_6123413.htm

Significant day for a car-obsessed society
September 22, 2007
Today's Car-Free Day is significant both for China and the rest of the world. It is the first time that 108 Chinese cities will take part in the annual global event, which dates back to the 1950s.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/22/content_6125941.htm

Cities promote 'energy saving' in blackouts
September 24, 2007
Beijing authorities switched off the landscape lights and flood lamps at Wangfujing, the busiest commercial street in the Chinese capital, for 30 minutes Sunday night, in the hope of raising the public awareness of saving energy.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/24/content_6127733.htm

Costly car consumption
September 24, 2007
As the world's second-largest consumer and the third-biggest producer of cars, China will certainly continue to develop its own auto market, which is now reportedly the No 1 potential market for almost all carmakers around the world.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/24/content_6127823.htm

China to Give Tax Sweeteners for Green Production
September 24, 2007
BEIJING - China is to announce tax incentives to boost energy saving and renewable energy sectors, and is drawing up details of resource tax reforms, a government official said on Sunday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44460/story.htm

China Could Be Top Wind Market in 3 Years - Vestas
September 24, 2007
BEIJING - China could become the world's top wind power market in three to five years but will grow faster if it reforms its subsidy system, executives of major wind turbine maker Vestas said on Friday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44471/story.htm

China Readies for "No Car" Day Ahead of Olympics
September 24, 2007
BEIJING - China is holding a "no-car day" in 108 cities on Saturday as it tries to clean up its notoriously smoggy skies, a task made more urgent by the approach of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44453/story.htm

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Co-op for co-benefit

September 10, 2007
The APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) economic leaders yesterday solemnly pledged in a declaration to commit themselves "to ensuring the energy needs of the economies of the region while addressing the issues of environmental quality and contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions".
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-09/10/content_6092849.htm

SEPA: Campaigns against polluters below public expectations
September 12, 2007
More than 8,000 Chinese enterprises have been penalized for pollution offences in the first eight months of this year but the vice director of China's environmental watchdog believes the results are "far below" the expectations of the public.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/10/content_6095014.htm

Vice Premier: China to vigorously promote energy conservation
September 11, 2007
China will vigorously promote energy conservation and emissions reduction to tackle climate change and promote sustainable development, Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan said on Tuesday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-09/11/content_6705502.htm

Games will make Beijing greener
September 12, 2007
The Olympic Games will help Beijing reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, a leading environmental expert has claimed.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/12/content_6098837.htm

Join hands, save world: Vice-Premier
September 12, 2007
A senior State leader yesterday called on the international community to join hands in addressing the global problems of energy and the environment.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/12/content_6098840.htm

Clean Power Comes on Line
September 12, 2007
Next March, the Waigaoqiao Power Plant will become Shanghai's first power plant to have desulfurization equipment installed on all of its generators, the plant managers said yesterday.Most of the city's power plants will install similar equipment to reduce their emissions by 2010, as required by the government.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=68140

Polluted Beijing Voted China's Most Beautiful City
September 12, 2007
Dirty, polluted, congested and razed of many old buildings -- but Beijing has still been chosen as China's most beautiful city.
http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44272/newsDate/12-Sep-2007/story.htm

Planet’s most polluted sites unveiled
September 12 2007
China, India and Russia top the list of the world’s most polluted places, a study of global pollution found on Wednesday. The three countries are each home to two of the world’s top 10 polluted sites, while the others are in Peru, Ukraine, Zambia and Azerbaijan.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1d4c0916-6156-11dc-bf25-0000779fd2ac.html

Polluters will pay for their behavior
September 12 2007
A pilot scheme introducing the idea of an ecological compensation mechanism will force companies and individuals that damage the environment to pay for their actions.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/12/content_6098888.htm

China's science popularization day to raise energy efficiency awareness
September 13, 2007
China's upcoming National Science Popularization Day aims to raise awareness of energy efficiency among the public, said the event's organizer on Thursday. "We will organize more than 2,500 activities, including exhibitions, seminars and lectures," said Niu Lingjiang, director of the science popularization center under the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90781/6262304.html

China ready to introduce fuel tax
September 13, 2007
China is looking for an appropriate time to impose a tax on gasoline, diesel and kerosene to encourage energy conservation and reduce emission, the China Business News reported today, citing an official at the Ministry of Finance.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-09/13/content_6105154.htm

2008 Beijing Olympic Games to widely use solar energy
September 13, 2007
Solar power will be widely applied during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, according to a senior government official.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-09/13/content_6717705.htm

World crops could decline 16 pct due to warming
September 13, 2007
Global warming could send world agriculture into serious decline by 2080 with productivity collapsing in some developing countries while it improves in a few rich nations, a study reported on Wednesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2007-09/13/content_6101966.htm

Wind Farms Boom in China
September 14, 2007
It is learned that recently many wind farm are being built or will be built in West and central region of China. According to Shanxi Development and Reform Comission, seven new wind farms will be built in Shanxi within this year, five of which have already launched. And as planned, 19 wind farms will be completed before 2020 with total installed capacity of 2,300,000kW.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=68405

Haze of Confusion Over Most-Polluted City List
September 14, 2007
A US group's report naming the Chinese city of Tianjin as one of the world's most polluted places apparently confused the large northern port with a notorious lead-processing town in the country's east.
http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44329/newsDate/14-Sep-2007/story.htm

Birth Defects on the Rise in Polluted China - Media
September 14, 2007
Growing numbers of Chinese children are being born with deformities due to pollution, later pregnancies and unhealthy lifestyles, state media said on Thursday quoting a medical expert.
http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44333/newsDate/14-Sep-2007/story.htm

Environmental storms
September 14, 2007
Pan Yue, vice minister of the national environment watchdog, might be one of the few high-ranking officials that enjoys some degree of celebrity in China as he and his administration have been in the forefront of the fight against environmental pollution in recent years.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/15/content_6109025.htm

Building a sustainable pillar industry
September 15, 2007
As the nation's most important coal producer, North China's Shanxi Province is determined to build itself into a high-efficiency, clean, safe and modern coal industry base, according to the provincial government. Coal mining is Shanxi's pillar industry.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/15/content_6109052.htm

Renewable energy to be a priority for nation
September 15, 2007
China plans to put even greater effort into developing its renewable energy industry and cut greenhouse gas emissions to maintain sustainable economic growth in the coming years.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-09/15/content_6109726.htm

Transport week launched to ease pollution, traffic jam
September 16, 2007
China launched the first nationwide urban public transport week on Sunday in an attempt to raise residents' awareness on energy saving and environmental protection.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/16/content_6110240.htm

China and US sign energy accord
September 17, 2007
Energy officials from China and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this weekend to cooperate on increasing energy efficiency in China's industrial sector, which accounts for 70 percent of the country's energy demand.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/17/content_6110430.htm

Green traffic week to cut emissions
September 17, 2007
The government has urged people in 108 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, to walk, ride bicycles and use public transport instead of driving cars for a week till September 22.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/17/content_6110438.htm

New technology promises to produce clean coal
September 17, 2007
It looks like a technology developed specifically for China, even though it took 16 years to get here. But now, after several hold-ups, such as a major interruption (by 9/11 terror attacks), it has finally found its way to China.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/17/content_6110656.htm
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/17/content_6110650.htm

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Beijing urges to citizens to cut energy use
Sep.3 2007
China has added another front to its flailing campaign to cut energy use and pollution, calling on "every citizen and family" to take action to confront what the government says is an increasingly grim outlook.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/86eb0b4a-59ab-11dc-aef5-0000779fd2ac,dwp_uuid=9c33700c-4c86-11da-89df-0000779e2340.html

SAT: Oil price adjustment, fuel tax unlikely in tandem
Sep.3 2007
China will not introduce a fuel tax and adjust oil prices at the same time, said Cong Ming, director of the Tax Policy and Legislation Department of the State Administration of Taxation (SAT), at the Oil Circulation Industry Development Summit Forum 2007, held in Beijing on September 1, according to today's Shanghai Securities News.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-09/03/content_6076243.htm

Olympics can spearhead environment change
Sep.3 2007
People like to spot trends. I had some visitors from New York last week - people from the investment field. They were curious to learn how the Olympics would affect China's economy - would it, as some say, be the peak of an unprecedented growth, to be followed by a slowdown, if not recession? Or would it start a new process and take the economy to a higher level?
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-09/03/content_6074773.htm

Renewable energy gets a boost
Sep.3 2007
The country plans to spend around one-tenth of its 2006 GDP in the next decade or so to develop renewable energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions, the top economic planner revealed yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-09/05/content_6081633.htm

China aims high in renewable energy usage
Sep.4 2007
China will increase the portion of renewable resources to 15 percent in its total energy consumption in 2020 in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pursue sustained economic growth, according to a national plan published on Tuesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/04/content_6080257.htm

NDRC releases natural gas utilization policy
Sep.4 2007
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) published its policy on utilizing natural gas yesterday, the Beijing Youth Daily reported today. The document is aimed at relieving the tension between natural gas supply and demand, optimizing natural gas consumption structure, improving energy efficiency and cutting pollutant emissions as well. All activities using natural gas in China will have to follow this policy.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-09/04/content_6080128.htm

China Names Negotiator for Climate Change Talks
Sep.5 2007
BEIJING - China named a senior envoy on Tuesday to handle tough climate change negotiations it fears will cramp economic growth as the country faces pressure to slow rising greenhouse gas emissions.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44074/newsDate/3-Sep-2007/story.htm

Public Urged to Make 'Green' Choices
Sep.5 2007
During an online interview with the China Internet I nformation Center ( www.china.org.cn) on September 4, Chief of Beijing-based Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) Ma Jun called on the public to keep enterprises' emissions within limits by exerting their right of purchasing to protect the environment.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200709/t20070905_108827.htm

Citizens Urged to Develop 36 Habits to Save Energy
Sep.5 2007
China's Ministry of Science and Technology has summoned people to save energy by developing 36 simple habits.The adoption of these habits can help save energy equivalent of 77-million-ton standard coal a year, which can be used to generate 640-billion-yuan (US$84.77 billion) of gross domestic product, accounting for three percent of China's annual GDP, the ministry said on its Website yesterday.
http://www.china.org.cn/english/environment/223246.htm

China Plans US$265 Bln Renewables Spending by 2020
Sep.5 2007
China plans to invest 2 trillion yuan (US$265 billion) in renewable energy by 2020, most of it corporate cash, to wean itself off polluting coal as it aims for cleaner growth, a top energy planner said on Tuesday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44127/newsDate/5-Sep-2007/story.htm

China Credit Database to Detail Pollution Records
Sep.5 2007
China has added the energy consumption and pollution records of over 12 million firms to a nationwide credit database as part of a push for greener growth, state TV cited the central bank as saying on Tuesday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44128/newsDate/5-Sep-2007/story.htm

China, Australia issue joint statement on climate, energy
Sep.6 2007
SYDNEY - China and Australia issued a joint statement Thursday, pledging to work together to address climate change and energy issues in ways consistent with each other's economic growth aspirations.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/06/content_6086472.htm

Giving back to the poor
Sep.6 2007
The people of Yulin might seem far removed from the World Economic Forum, living in cave dwellings in one of the poorest regions in China. But this is not the case. The city, located in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, will receive large-scale solar cookers under an aid project set up by the Davos Climate Alliance (DCA), a joint effort of the World Economic Forum and its member companies.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/06/content_6085042.htm

Nuclear power to better meet energy needs
Sep.6 2007
The construction of a nuclear power plant in the northeastern province of Liaoning will play a vital role in the ongoing development and revitalization of the region, a leading local government official said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/06/content_6084218.htm

Non-staple food on ethanol list
Sep.7 2007
China will shift from corn to sorghum, cassava and sweet potato plants to make biofuel in the next five years. The move is part of the government's efforts to develop biofuel without harming the general food supply and security, to ensure a healthy supply of corn both as food and fodder.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/07/content_6088608.htm

Green tech deal inked
Sep.7 2007
China Huaneng Group yesterday signed an agreement with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, to develop clean coal power generation, and carbon capturing and storage technologies.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/07/content_6088265.htm

Families keen to save energy
Sep.7 2007
SHANGHAI: Most families in the city are committed to saving energy, a survey conducted by local authorities has found. The Shanghai statistics bureau surveyed 1,000 families, 98.5 of which considered it necessary to save energy and said they tried to stick to the principle.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-09/07/content_6087219.htm

Investments gust into wind power
Sep.7 2007
As chairman and CEO of the world's leading wind power company Gamesa, Guillermo Ulacia has no doubts about his company's objectives in China.
"By the end of 2007, we will invest 35 million euros in the China industrial project," he says.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/07/content_6088605.htm

Chinese vice-premier underscores energy saving, pollution cut efforts
Sep.7 2007
Chinese Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan has urged more efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution in a bid to achieve a sustainable economic and social development.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/6257104.html

Fighting climate change the wheel deal
Sep.8 2007
Prospective Chinese car buyers will be encouraged to buy more energy efficient vehicles under possible measures to cut pollution and increase the country's energy efficiency.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/08/content_6091397.htm

Hu expounds China's stance on climate change
Sep.9 2007
SYDNEY - Chinese President Hu Jintao expounded China's stance on tackling climate change on Saturday at the 15th Economic Leaders' Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/09/content_6091855.htm

Bold Target
Sep.10 2007
China is figuring out every feasible way to meet bold targets for renewable sources in its energy consumption, a move designed to cut emissions and boost efficiency, the country's top economic planner said last week.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-09/10/content_6092308.htm

Balanced Demand, Supply of Coal
Sep.10 2007
China's supply of coal largely managed to meet domestic demand in the first half of this year, sources with the National Reform and Development Commission said on Sunday. The top economic planning agency estimated between January and June, 1.26 billion tons of coal were produced nationwide, a growth of 10.1 percent over last year. The growth rate in the first half year was 2.5 percentage points higher than the growth of entire last year.
http://www.china.org.cn/english/government/222898.htm

Science Minister calls for enhancement of energy-saving awareness
Sep.10 2007
Chinese Minister of Science and Technology has called for enhancement of citizens' awareness on energy-saving in a campaign recently held to publicize energy-saving knowledge. In the campaign, the ministry has distributed booklets named Manual on Promoting Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction which provide readers with advices and measures to reduce energy consumption.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=67947

China shuts down 18m tons of iron, steel capacity in 1st half
Sep.10 2007
China closed down 18.4 million tons of outmoded iron and steel production capacity in the first half of the year in an effort to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, said the National Development and Reform Commission on Friday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-09/08/content_6091406.htm

China to Factor Environmental Cost Into Power Price
Sep.10 2007
China said on Tuesday it will take environmental costs into account when pricing electricity, in an effort to encourage power generation using clean and renewable sources.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/44144/newsDate/5-Sep-2007/story.htm

A choking hazard
Sep.10 2007
The furore over the safety of products made in China – Mattel, the world's largest toymaker, has announced its third recall of toys in just over a month because of elevated levels of lead in paint – has overshadowed a much more serious problem arising from China's industrial revolution: the lethal pollution emitted by its factories.
http://www.ftchinese.com/sc/story_english.jsp?id=001014025#ContinueReading

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Australian PM: climate change to feature APEC summit
Aug.27 2007
Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Monday outlined four key objectives for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, during which climate change will prominently feature.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/27/content_6612009.htm

Online monitors to be installed in factories
Aug.28 2007
Shanghai plans to carry out on line monitoring of pollutants from chimneys in 30 factories by the year's end, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau said yesterday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/28/content_6614622.htm

Beijingers split over air quality exercise
Aug.28 2007
The four-day Beijing air quality exercise held earlier in the month was met with mixed reaction. Diverse opinions were expressed by private car owners and public transport users.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-08/28/content_6061902.htm

Foreign investors urged to focus on energy saving
Aug.28 2007
Foreign investors are urged to pay more attention to environmental protection and energy conservation. "China will strengthen restrictions on foreign investment in energy-intensive high polluting and low efficiency industries," Vice-Minister of Commerce Wei Jianguo told a forum on the social responsibility of foreign invested firms in Beijing on Monday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/28/content_6061114.htm

IFC invests in cleaner energy technology in China
Aug.28 2007
The International Finance Corp.(IFC) said on Tuesday that it has signed a financing agreement to support the development of China's coalbed methane resources, a cleaner, safer, and more efficient energy source than coal.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/29/content_6621695.htm

Industrial pollution, energy consumption task still 'grim'
Aug.29 2007
More than 8,000 Chinese enterprises have been penalized for pollution offences in the first eight months this year -- marking a "success" and indicating a "grim" task ahead, said the head of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on Wednesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-08/29/content_6066136.htm

Solar-powered building showcase for Shanghai
Aug.30 2007
SHANGHAI: A building capable of generating its own electricity as well as supplementing the local power supply is under construction in suburban Shanghai's Zizhu Scientific Park.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/30/content_6067022.htm

Car ban not best cure for traffic woes
Aug.31 2007
Beijing Olympic organizers have received rave reviews over their recent four-day test to see whether keeping 1.3 million cars garaged would be effective in improving air quality and easing traffic congestion in the run-up to the Games next year.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-08/31/content_6071443.htm

Environment: Green legislation
Aug.31 2007
Establishing a circular economy will have multiple benefits for society, says an article in People's Daily. The following is an excerpt: The submission of the draft law for the circular economy to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) for a first reading marks the advance of efforts to enshrine recycling and conservation in law.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-08/31/content_6071300.htm

Beijing to invest 100m yuan to curb sandstorms
Aug.31 2007
Beijing is to invest 100 million yuan (US$13.2 million) in tree-planting to prevent sandstorms. The money will fund the planting of 13,333 hectares of trees in the neighboring cities of Zhangjiakou and Chengde in Hebei Province from 2007 to 2011.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-08/30/content_6068204.htm

More use of public transport encouraged
Sept.1 2007
At least for one day this month people, rather than cars, will dominate the streets. For the first time, a national urban public transportation week will be held from September 16-22 nationwide.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-09/01/content_6072981.htm

US expert's recipe for pollution combat in PRD
Sept.1 2007
GUANGZHOU: Guangzhou has the potential to control pollution and toxic wastes and gas emmission by motor vehicles and industrial units, said a visiting expert on air quality management.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hkedition/2007-09/01/content_6072775.htm

China builds another gas pipeline to fuel east
Sept.1 2007
China on Friday afternoon launched a gas pipeline that runs from the southwestern inland of Sichuan to coastal Shanghai, another "energy artery" to fuel the booming but energy-insufficient east following the grand West-East gas project.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-09/01/content_6073155.htm

Survey: Suggestion on permanent traffic ban in Beijing triggers debate
Sept.2 2007
After four days' traffic ban in Beijing to test the effect on air quality for the Olympic Games, the question whether such a traffic ban should become regular has triggered a debate between private car owners and those without cars.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-09/02/content_6649463.htm

Masses urged to save energy, reduce pollution
Sept.2 2007
Chinese vice premier Zeng Peiyan on Saturday called on ordinary people to help save energy and reduce pollution. "Energy conservation and pollution reduction are related to the sustainable development of the whole society and economy, as well as the interests of the broad masses," Zeng told the opening ceremony of a nationwide campaign in Beijing.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-09/02/content_6073689.htm

Coal, gas output record double-digit growth
Sept.3 2007
China's coal production jumped 11.7 percent to 1.278 billion tons in the first seven months of 2007 from a year earlier, according to the nation's top economic planning agency.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-09/03/content_6075892.htm

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1.5 MW China-made wind-power generator debuts
Aug. 20 2007
China's first 1.5 megawatt wind-power generator with completely independent intellectual property rights has rolled off the assembly line in Guangdong Province of South China.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-08/20/content_6034024.htm

China's young want cars first in consumption
Aug. 20 2007
BEIJING -- About 80 percent of young Chinese are concerned about global warming, but 85 percent would happily buy a car, the main cause of urban air pollution, given the chance.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/20/content_6034341.htm

Atmospheric change
Aug. 20 2007
Meteorologists are increasing efforts to build a nationwide system to monitor greenhouse gas (GHG) and provide early warning of adverse climate conditions following a commission by the central government.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-08/20/content_6033227.htm

Officials hail improved air quality during car ban
Aug. 20 2007
Beijing's overall air quality improved during the four-day test period ahead of next August's Olympic Games in which more than a million cars each day were barred from the roads, according to the Beijing Environment Protection Monitoring Center.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/20/content_6034453.htm

Liu Qi urges improvement in Beijing's environment, traffic
Aug. 20 2007
Liu Qi, president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) and Party leader of the capital city, called for a breakthrough in improving the city's environment and traffic conditions.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-08/20/content_6034003.htm

Shanghai's air quality poorer this year
Aug. 21 2007
Shanghai had 12 consecutive days with excellent or good air quality by yesterday, but this year's average air quality so far is still poorer than the same period last year, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau said yesterday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/21/content_6575492.htm

Air improves during test for Olympics
Aug. 21 2007
Beijing's overall air quality improved during the four-day test period ahead of next August's Olympic Games in which more than a million cars each day were barred from the roads, according to the Beijing Environment Protection Monitoring Center.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/21/content_6035038.htm

High hopes for Beijing's bicycle rental scheme
Aug. 21 2007
Two years ago, Katie Melua had a hit with her song about there being "9 million bicycles in Beijing". Now, authorities in the city are hoping a new bike promotion campaign will be equally popular and reinforce its status as the capital of the "Kingdom of the Bike".
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-08/21/content_6035065.htm

Build on air quality exercise
Aug. 21 2007
The municipal government of Beijing launched a traffic and air quality exercise from Friday to yesterday. Vehicles with odd and even license plates were alternately allowed on the roads during these four days. The exercise was to study the impact of car emissions on air quality, the impact of car numbers on traffic and whether public transportation could cope with the reduction of private cars.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-08/21/content_6034888.htm

China reports mixed picture on control of major pollutants
Aug. 22 2007
BEIJING -- China saw its discharge of sulfur dioxide in the first half of this year reach 12.63 million tons, a year-on-year drop of 0.88 percent, according to a state report published on Tuesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/22/content_6036038.htm

Emission cuts miss green goal
Aug. 22 2007
The country made some progress in reducing pollutant emissions during the first half of this year, but still failed to meet the green target. In the first six months, SO2 emissions dropped only 0.88 percent from 12.74 million tons to 12.63 million tons year on year.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/22/content_6035672.htm

Long-term measures urged after 4-day traffic ban
Aug. 22 2007
After a four-day trial in which more than one million cars were banned from Beijing's roads, many people in the capital are calling for more permanent measures to be introduced.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/22/content_6036635_2.htm

Official: Fewer vehicles, cleaner air
Aug. 22 2007
Beijing's four-day traffic and air quality exercise was successful, according to Du Shaozhong, deputy director of and spokesman for the Beijing Bureau of Environmental Protection. In the days from August 17-20, Beijing restricted the number of motor vehicles on roads, based on license plate numbers.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-08/22/content_6036607.htm

Peddling a scheme
Aug. 22 2007
The public bicycle rental scheme should be included in the public transportation system to curb pollution and ease congestion, says an article in China Economic Times.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-08/22/content_6035999.htm

It's 'No Car Day' in Shanghai, September 22
Aug. 23 2007
SHANGHAI: The government here is to hold its first "No Car Day" on September 22, following the four-day test held last week in Beijing. Almost a third of the city's vehicles will be ordered off the roads in a bid to improve air quality and ease congestion.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/23/content_6037083.htm

Beijingers endorse traffic controls
Aug. 24 2007
Most Beijing residents support traffic control measures to guarantee better air quality and traffic flows during the Olympics next summer, according to the results of a new survey. The results, released Wednesday, found that 89 percent of participants agreed that it is necessary to control the number of vehicles on the road before and during the Games to improve air quality.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-08/24/content_6039706.htm

3-stage plan to ensure clear skies
Aug. 24 2007
A new package of measures, ranging from limiting the dust from construction sites to rainmaking, is to be introduced soon to help ensure blue skies at next year's Olympics.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-08/24/content_6038402.htm

Traffic trial facilitates Games plan
Aug. 22 2007
Beijing plans to control the number of vehicles on the road, suspend some earthwork projects and ask polluting enterprises to cut back on production to ensure clean air for the 2008 Olympic Games, environment and transportation officials said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-08/22/content_6036083.htm

Let's Keep Car Ban in Place
Aug. 23 2007
After a four-day trial in which more than one million cars were banned from Beijing's roads, many people in the capital are calling for the ban to become permanent.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200708/t20070823_108357.htm

Energy-saving products top priority in gov't purchases
Aug. 23 2007
The State Council has issued a circular requiring governments at all levels to prioritize energy-saving products in their purch ases, to encourage environmental protection and reduce government agencies' expenditures on energy.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=66785

Shanghai ups energy saving efforts
Aug. 24 2007
Government and other public-funded buildings in Shanghai are coming under increased scrutiny as authorities step up their efforts to reach their ambitious energy saving goals.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-08/24/content_6039905.htm

Jacques Rogge: IOC supports Beijing's clean-air measures
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Gorge said here Friday that the IOC supports Beijing government's clean-air effort and believe Beijing will reach its anti-pollution goal next year.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/24/content_6598864.htm

Shanghai to invest heavily on public transport
Aug. 25 2007
China's business hub Shanghai will invest 110 billion yuan (US$14.47 billion) in the next three years to expand and upgrade its public transport system, according to a plan released by the Shanghai municipal government Friday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/25/content_6056284.htm

Govt pledges 1.33b yuan to tackle pollution
Aug. 25 2007
The government will invest more than 1.33 billion yuan ($176 million) to help cut pollutant emissions and build more effective environmental monitoring systems across the country, said Vice-Minister of Finance Zhang Hongli.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/25/content_6055781.htm

Sulfur dioxide emission down in 1st half
Aug. 26 2007
The sulfur dioxide emission in China fell a year-on-year 0.88 percent in the first half of this year, the first decrease in several years, said China's top economic planner on Sunday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/26/content_6057656.htm

China to enact law on circular economy
Aug. 26 2007
BEIJING, August 26 -- The draft law on recycling economy of China, made to boost sustainable development through energy saving and reduction of pollutant discharge, was deliberated for the first time by lawmakers on Sunday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/26/content_6057545.htm

Gov't to allocate billions of yuan for cutting energy use
Aug. 27 2007
The central government will pour billions of yuan into special projects to help meet the country's energy-saving targets. Local officials are also about to come under increased pressure to toe the government line to meet the targets, otherwise their political futures could be in jeopardy.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/27/content_6609988.htm

Legislators take a green path
Aug. 27 2007
China's top legislators yesterday began deliberating a draft law that covers recycling, energy saving and emission reduction. The draft law was submitted to the 29th session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress for a first reading.
http://english.eastday.com/eastday/englishedition/nation/userobject1ai3069957.html

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Coal-rich Chinese province offers reward for cities curbing pollution
Aug.13 2007
Coal-rich Shanxi Province in north China will award up to 2 million yuan to cities performing the best in curbing pollution, Xinhua learned on Monday. The provincial government has offered reward of one million yuan for cities dropping off the list of China's five worst polluted cities and 2 million yuan for those dropping off the list of the ten worst polluted cities, according to the Shanxi environment protection bureau.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/13/content_6526343.htm

Expert: Air Quality Important for Olympic Athletes
Aug.13 2007
Nearly half the vehicles in Beijing will be ordered off the roads during the "Good Luck Beijing" sports events to test the city's air quality. Test results will be used to revise the Olympic Air Quality Guarantee Scheme.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200708/t20070813_107887.htm

Citizens Cautiously Optimistic for Traffic Drill
Aug.13 2007
From August 17 to 20, about 1.3 million vehicles – nearly half of the total 3 million in Beijing – will be banned from roads as part of pre-Olympic tests. During the drill, vehicles with license plates ending in an odd number will be allowed on the roads on August 17 and 19, and plates ending in an even number permitted on August 18 and 20.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200708/t20070813_107888.htm

Capital Drafting New Clean Air Plan
Aug.14 2007
Beijing's municipal government is mulling a plan to limit vehicle exhaust, dust from construction sites and industrial emissions to guarantee fresh air for the 2008 Olympic Games, an official said yesterday. Du Shaozhong, spokesman for the Beijing municipal environmental protection bureau, said a team of experts is drafting the plan.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200708/t20070814_107926.htm

Plan to cope with disasters caused by global warming
Aug.14 2007
Victims of China's increasingly frequent natural disasters will be guaranteed medical aid and relief supplies within 24 hours under a new government plan released on Tuesday. The 11th five-year plan (2006-2010) for disaster relief outlines a range of measures to improve the natural disaster response system to cope with the "more frequent" calamities caused by global warming.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/14/content_6532906.htm

China closes more small thermal power plants
Aug.15 2007
China shut down small thermal power plants with the installed capacity totaling 6.95 million kilowatts in the first half of the year, completing about 70 percent of the pre-set goal in this regard in 2007.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/15/content_6535289.htm

US 'encouraged' by pollution control moves
Aug.15 2007
The Chinese government is taking a series of aggressive measures to reduce air pollution in the run-up to the Olympic Games, a senior US environmental adviser said yesterday, and pledged to work together with the country on a long-term plan to tackle global warming.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2007-08/15/content_6026858.htm

Shanghai Pledges to Cut Energy
Aug.15 2007
The Shanghai government yesterday announced a plan to greatly reduce its energy consumption and emission of toxic pollutants by 2010. Among its major goals compared with 2005: to reduce the city's overall energy consumption by 20 percent per unit of Gross Domestic Product; to reduce its overall emission of sulfur dioxide by 26 percent.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=66179

China mulls curbs on coke export
Aug.16 2007
China, the world's biggest coke producer and exporter, is considering new curbs on overseas shipment of the fuel used to make steel, as part of its efforts to reduce pollution at home.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/16/content_6541966.htm

Beijing drives 400,000 motorists off roads in Olympic traffic test
Aug.16 2007
About 400,000 private car owners in Beijing will be taking public transport on Friday as the city tests measures to improve air quality ahead of next year's Olympic Games. Cars with odd-numbered license plates will be banned from the roads on Friday and Sunday, while cars with even-numbered registrations will be banned on Saturday and Monday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/16/content_6547101.htm

Police to limit traffic into capital
Aug.16 2007
Security officials will be limiting the number of cars entering Beijing and stepping up vehicle inspections from today until next Monday in a trial run to prepare for the 2008 Olympic Games. The move, announced yesterday by the Ministry of Public Security, is aimed at improving the city's air, easing traffic congestion and ensuring security.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/16/content_6540870.htm

Look to Drivers for Traffic Solution
Aug.16 2007
Beijing municipal government's decision to limit the number of motor vehicles on the city's roads during a four-day test, which starts this weekend, demonstrates its resolve to address the problems of congestion and pollution caused by emissions.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=19560

Measures taken to curb pollution
Aug.16 2007
While sailors skirt her coastline, Qingdao's buses shuttle back and forth as an example of many environmentally friendly changes made by the Olympic city. Qingdao will spend 160 million yuan ($29 million) on 400 Euro III buses this year to upgrade its public transport service and simultaneously reduce pollution emissions by between 50 and 80 percent and, in turn, improve air quality.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90779/6241114.html

Work starts on nuke plant in northeast
Aug.17 2007
Construction work on Northeast China's first nuclear power plant will start tomorrow in Dalian, Liaoning Province, following a year's preparation. The plant, located in Wafangdian city, will have six generators, each with a capacity of 1 million kw, Xu Juncai, vice-general manager of the Liaoning Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Co, said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/17/content_6030591.htm

A day to use public transport in Beijing
Aug.17 2007
Tens of thousands of white-collar workers in Beijing will leave their cars in the garage for the next four days. The move is to ease traffic congestion and improve air quality. The "green commuter" commitment was made yesterday by a number of industry associations, and has won wide support locally and abroad.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/17/content_6030624.htm

Jiangsu gets nuclear boost
Aug.17 2007
China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) said its Tianwan nuclear power station, the biggest-ever joint project between China and Russia, began full commercial operation yesterday. Located in Lianyungang, in East China's Jiangsu Province, the Tianwan station has two generating units with an installed capacity of 1,060 MW each.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-08/17/content_6030646.htm

China's heavy industry continues to increase power consumption
Aug.16 2007
China's high energy-consuming sectors such as iron and steel, nonferrous metals, chemicals and construction materials continued to lead the growth in power consumption in the first half of this year, according to a report by the China Electricity Council.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=66288

Trainspotting: Beijing cleans up its act
Aug.17 2007
During a four-day experiment this weekend aimed at improving air quality and traffic congestion in Beijing, more buses will trawl the city's streets and the subway system will be open one hour longer each day.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2007-08/17/content_6032033.htm

NPC to discuss law on circular economy
Aug.18 2007
Lawmakers will discuss the country's first law to put into effect the circular economy initiative on August 24. The Standing Committee of the 10th National People's Congress (NPC), the top legislature, announced on Friday it would hold its 29th meeting from August 24 to 30, during which the draft of the circular economy law would be discussed for the first time.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-08/18/content_6032867.htm

Beiijing embarks on air quality test for Olympics
Aug.18 2007
Vehicles pass a main thoroughfare in Beijing during the first day of a four-day air quality experiment for the Olympics, August 17, 2007. Drivers with even-numbered license plates were told to stay off the roads on Friday or face fines. On the first day of the test, traffic flow appeared to be lighter. [Xinhua]
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2007-08/18/content_6032829.htm

Beijing sees clearer roads with fewer vehicles
Aug.18 2007
Twenty minutes after Su Yue posted a message seeking carpool partners on 51pinche.com, a Beijing-based carpool service website, she got five respondents.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-08/18/content_6032620.htm

Senior Chinese leaders stress quality, efficiency of nuclear power project
Aug.18 2007
Senior Chinese leaders Wu Bangguo and Wen Jiabao expressed high hopes and put forward requirements on safety, quality and efficiency of nuclear power projects, as the country kicked off construction of a new project in its northeast region.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/18/content_6560931.htm

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Beijingers Urged to Get Back on Their Bikes
Aug.6 2007
BEIJING - Foreign experts have urged Beijing to limit the use of private cars, improve public transport and get people back on their bikes to curb congestion during the 2008 Olympics, state media said on Saturday.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=19377

Blacklist of Polluters Distributed
Aug.6 2007
The national environmental watchdog has sent a blacklist of 30 polluters to leading financial institutions in connection with the country's green credit policy. The system is aimed at starving notorious polluters of the funds they need to operate.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200708/t20070806_107597.htm

Emission Cuts to Avoid Acid Rain in Shanghai
Aug.6 2007
Shanghai announced yesterday it will cut emissions from industry by up to 90 percent over the next three years - a move that will lessen the chance of acid rain developing. It is also a key part of the city's ambition to reduce its overall industrial emissions by 27 percent from 2006 to 2010.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=65495

Organizers: Preparations on track, challenges remain
Aug.7 2007
Organizers of the 2008 Olympic Games said on Monday that preparations for next year's Olympics are progressing smoothly but challenges remain in areas like air pollution and citizens' civility.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-08/07/content_5448927.htm

Experts: China Needs More Effective "Green Tax"
Aug.7 2007
The current environment-related taxes and fees in China can not effectively control pollution, said Chang Jiwen, an expert with a government think-tank. "The taxes and fees on environment are insufficient and nonstandard to rein in the use of fossil fuel," said Chang, a research fellow with the law institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200708/t20070807_107695.htm

Minister: China uses market, policies to fight climate change
Aug.7 2007
China uses both market and policy tools when meeting the challenges of climate change, Finance Minister Jin Renqing said at the end of a two-day Asia Pacific finance ministers' meeting.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=65686

Shanghai to auction 8,000 auto plates this month
Aug.8 2007
Shanghai will auction 8,000 auto license plates to individuals and private companies on August 18, the largest number since monthly plate sales began in 2000. Shanghai is the only city on the Chinese mainland to auction car plates to individuals and private companies to ease traffic congestion and control pollution.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/08/content_6493847.htm

China Capable of Using Space Technology for Weather Forecasting, Pollution Control
Aug.8 2007
China's development of space technology may not only be a means to fulfill the government's space dreams - it can be used for precision weather forecasting and pollution control, according to a meteorological expert who works for China's manned space program.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200708/t20070808_107727.htm

Olympic Friendship Forest to leave green legacy for Beijing
Aug.8 2007
A tract of forest has been added to the green legacy of the 2008 Olympic Games.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge, along with chefs de mission from over 200 National Olympic Committees and local organizers of the 2008 Games, planted a total of 208 trees Wednesday at the Olympic Forest Park in the northern part of Beijing.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/08/content_6495225.htm

Traffic fee study needed
Aug.8 2007
Shenzhen's municipal government is to finish its technical study on the congestion fee collecting system and plans to begin enforcement in downtown areas during peak hours. The city's traffic office recently held a press conference, drawing on Singapore's experience and announcing a plan of its own.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-08/08/content_5449288.htm

City paves way for smooth ride
Aug.8 2007
For accountant Liu Yu, the worst part of her working day is usually the journey home. Long waits at the bus stop, large crowds and no air conditioners on buses like the Yuntong 101 will soon be just a bad memory for Beijingers as the city is spending 6 billion yuan ($700 million) this year on upgrading its public transport, more than a quarter of its annual infrastructure investment.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-08/08/content_5449377.htm

Hi-tech expected to guarantee success
Aug.8 2007
More than 6 billion yuan ($780 million) has been invested in about 1,500 science and technology projects in urban construction, energy-saving, environmental protection, traffic management and information services for the Beijing Games, ministry sources said. About 1.5 billion yuan was contributed by the central budget and the rest by local government budgets and the public.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-08/08/content_5449356.htm

New highlights in Sino-US cooperation
Aug.8 2007
Special Representative of US President and US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulsen recently paid a visit to China. The first task in his agenda is to inspect Sand Prevention and Planting Project near the Qinghai Lake. It is learned that the climate change issue will be an important topic for Paulsen and Chinese officials to discuss during Paulson's visit. This arrangement is nothing like an individual's preference. There is a wide international strategy background and deep domestic political foundation behind.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90780/91345/6234925.html

Beijing to test effects of less cars
Aug. 9 2007
The Chinese capital will ban the use of about 1.3 million automobiles for four days this month to test the effects of this move on environmental quality, the city's environmental protection bureau announced on Thursday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/10/content_6504776.htm

Global Warming Will Step up after 2009: Scientists
Aug. 9 2007
Global warming is forecast to set in with a vengeance after 2009, with at least half of the five following years expected to be hotter than 1998, the warmest year on record, scientists reported on Thursday.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200708/t20070810_107839.htm

Bus lanes to spread over 20km this year
Aug. 9 2007
Shanghai will build another 20 kilometers of bus-only traffic lanes this year to improve traffic management, the city government announced yesterday. It will also place electronic warning boards at the entrances of elevated roads to give drivers up to the minute traffic information.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/09/content_6500369.htm

Week's special: China affected much by climate change
Aug.10 2007
China is a country which suffers from frequent meteorological disasters. About 70 percent of the natural disasters are caused by bad weather and claim more than 4,000 lives, affect 400 million people and 50 million ha. of farm crops a year on average.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90780/91420/6236383.html

Lung cancer on rise in Guangdong
Aug.10 2007
The number of people suffering from lung cancer has grown by 111.85 percent in the past two decades in Guangdong Province, according to a survey. Commenting on the study carried out by the national anti-cancer association, Professor Wang Siyu of a hospital affiliated to Sun Yat-sun University, said liver cancer was most prevalent in the province, followed by lung cancer.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90782/90880/6236574.html

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Green effort key to officials' future
July 31 2007
The central government is setting up an accountability system under which officials' career paths will be tied to their performance in environment protection and energy efficiency. The move aims to steer the country toward a more environment-friendly road to economic growth.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/31/content_5446196.htm

Jiangsu unveils tougher pollution control measures
July 31 2007
As water pollution in the Taihu Lake in east China becomes even deteriorated, Jiangsu provincial government has recently spelled out even tougher regulations to curb water pollutants discharged into the big fresh water lake by irresponsible water polluters around it.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/31/content_5446762.htm

To fight pollution, China takes capitalist route
July 31 2007
The Chinese environmental agency is working with the banking authorities to identify companies that fail pollution checks or bypass environmental assessments for new projects and to restrict their access to fresh credit.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/31/content_5446655.htm

China urges accommodation to "emissions of subsistence" by poor countries
Aug. 1 2007
"Emissions of subsistence" and "development emissions" of poor countries should be accommodated while the "luxury emissions" of rich countries should be restricted, a Chinese diplomat said here Wednesday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/02/content_6463333.htm

Energy efficiency improving
Aug. 1 2007
The energy efficiency of China's fuel-guzzling economy is improving but the country ¡ª the world's No. 2 oil consumer ¡ª is still struggling to meet self-imposed conservation targets, the government said Tuesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/01/content_5447192.htm

More funds for green vehicles
Aug. 1 2007
In response to growing pressure to reduce energy consumption and better protect the environment, the government is to increase efforts to develop and promote vehicles powered by clean fuels, senior officials have said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-08/01/content_5446963.htm

Govt to fix green, growth obligations
Aug.3, 2007
Authorities are hoping to curb the frenzied pursuit of gross domestic product (GDP) growth by local governments by assigning individual counties either economic development or environment protection duties.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/03/content_5447772.htm

Air quality not a concern for US Olympic
Aug.3, 2007
BEIJING - Air quality will not be a concern for the U.S. delegation during the Beijing Olympic Games, said Steven M. Roush, chief of sport performance in the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), here on Thursday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-08/03/content_5447978.htm

51% not happy with indoor air quality
Aug.3, 2007
While you are tired of inhaling polluted air as you throng through the crowded streets, getting a breath of fresh, clean air in your own homes may be just as difficult. A recent survey conducted by City University of Hong Kong (CityU) reveals that 51 percent of the respondents are not satisfied with indoor air quality.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hkedition/2007-08/03/content_5447800.htm

Talk back: Most people ready for small-engine cars
Aug.3, 2007
Sky-high gasoline prices are fostering demand for gas-saving small-engine cars. Cars with an engine capacity of less than 1.6 liters are gaining a greater market share in China. More than 3.8 million sedans were sold in China last year. Roughly 63 percent had engine capacity under 1.6 liters. In 2004 and 2005, small-engine cars took a market share of more than 50 percent.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-08/03/content_5447833.htm

UN green body praises fight against climate change
Aug.3, 2007
China has been contributing actively to international efforts to fight climate change, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) chief Achim Steiner has said. "What is interesting and also encouraging is that in the last few years China has become much more active in international discussions and the search for solutions (to climate change) as a proactive player, as a contributor of ideas and in putting forward proposals," Steiner said recently.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-08/03/content_5447817.htm

Guangdong seeks help in cutting energy use
Aug.3, 2007
GUANGZHOU: South China's Guangdong Province, one of the country's biggest energy consumers, is seeking help from foreign governments and organizations to curb its appetite for resources, an official said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-08/03/content_5447836.htm

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China issues clean production evaluation standards
July 22, 2007
China has issued its clean production evaluation systems for six industries amid efforts to curb air and water pollution. The National Development and Reform Commission Thursday published on its official Website the systems for sectors including cement, fermentation, soda ash, machinery, sulphuric acid and leather.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/22/content_5440984.htm

Local gov'ts 'ignoring' green model
July 23, 2007
Some local governments are investing heavily in high resources consuming sectors, ignoring the central government's decision to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) officials said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/23/content_5441271.htm

Low-emission cars lose out to craving for social status
July 23 2007
Sales of low-emission cars in China declined 11.67 percent in the first half of the year with the majority consumers valuing social status over the environment.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-07/23/content_6419399.htm

Green GDP report "indefinitely postponed"
July 23, 2007
China has stopped the public release of an official study putting a cost to the nation's environmental damage, a government researcher told a Chinese newspaper, blaming official reluctance to confront pollution.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/23/content_5441680.htm

Office workers finding it harder to breathe easy
July 23, 2007
Pent-up office workers dissatisfied with not enough money and free time now have another bugbear: good, clean air. A recent survey of office workers found most of those polled believed they were working in unhealthy environments.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-07/23/content_5441157.htm

Workshop proposes pollution solution
July 23, 2007
An industrial workshop has proposed using new technology to curb rising levels of mercury pollution from thermal power plants in Southwest China's Guizhou Province. More than 100 small zinc and mercury processing plants using outdated production methods have been ordered to shut down.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-07/23/content_5441144.htm

Beijing to build windmills for 2008
July 24, 2007
Beijing has started work on a 580 million yuan ($76.69 million) project to build 33 windmills to supply clean energy in time for the 2008 Olympic Games, Xinhua said on Tuesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-07/24/content_5442925.htm

3G tech to help China build N-reactors
July 25, 2007
China on Tuesday finalized a contract with a consortium, led by the US-based Westinghouse Electric Co, to build four nuclear power reactors in the eastern part of the country.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/25/content_5442624.htm

Hunan to get 'first inland nuke' station
July 25, 2007
China's nuclear power facilities are spreading inland from its coastal region as the country speeds up its eco-friendly power development. The first inland nuclear plant, according to industry experts, is likely to be set up near Yiyang City in Central China's Hunan Province on the bank of Taohuajiang, or Peach Blossom River.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-07/25/content_5442688.htm

Billions to prepare Beijing for Games
July 26, 2007
Beijing is pouring billions of yuan into construction and cleanup - including clean air - for the Olympic Games, the city's top finance official said yesterday. 810 million yuan has been earmarked to deal with air pollution. Money will go to boiler renovation and the retiring of old cabs and buses, according to Wu.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-07/26/content_5443928.htm

Report: pollution stunts plant growth worldwide
July 26, 2007
The growth of plants around the world might be stunted because of air pollution by the end of the century, a new report concludes. Increasing concentrations of ozone from pollution will damage plants and keep them from breathing the odorless, invisible gas they need to live, some say.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-07/26/content_6434675.htm

China Establishes First Green Carbon Foundation
July 26, 2007
In an effort to mitigate greenhouse emissions while encouraging development of the carbon credit trading and forest biofuel, the State Forestry Administration officially launched the China Green Carbon Foundation on July 20, 2007 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, PRC.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=64850

Inner Mongolia's green efforts aid Beijing
July 26, 2007
Conservation efforts in Inner Mongolia have spurred the northern region's development and benefited the national capital, top regional officials said yesterday in Beijing. The autonomous region, which is known as a major source of the seasonal sandstorms that blanket Beijing, has "done what it could" to curb ecological deterioration, Yang Jing, chairman of the regional government, said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-07/26/content_5443599.htm

New WHO report tackles children's environmental health
July 27, 2007
The World Health Organization (WHO) released on Friday the first ever report highlighting children's special susceptibility to harmful chemical exposures at different periods of their growth.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-07/28/content_6441172.htm

Air pollution links to heart disease
July 27, 2007
People with high cholesterol are especially vulnerable to heart disease when they are exposed to diesel exhaust and other ultra-fine particles that are common pollutants in urban air, media reported Friday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-07/27/content_6437634.htm

Contractors Help Coal Plants Reduce Emissions
July 27, 2007
In a bid to meet pollution targets, China is launching a trial program to contract out work to desulfurize coal-fired electricity generators. The nation's five largest state-owned power producing groups are asked to select two projects for a pilot run, according to a circular from the National Development and Reform Commission and the State Environmental Protection Administration.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=64915

Financial muscle for energy conservation
July 28, 2007
China has put muscle into its drive for saving energy and reducing pollution with 10 billion yuan funded by the central government, according to the website of the country's top economic policy-making agency.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-07/28/content_5445170.htm

Floods, drought show no let-up in China
July 30, 2007
Floods and drought continued to play havoc last week, raising the death toll across the country, with experts blaming the freaky weather conditions on global warming. More than 700 people have been killed in floods, landslides, mudslides and storms across 24 provinces and 82.05 million have been affected.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/30/content_5445512.htm

Olympics to use 50 Li-ion battery powered buses
July 30, 2007
About 50 buses powered by Li-ion battery will be put into ervice for the Beijing Olympics next year, running a total distance of 10.4 kilometers for athletes and officials, according to a Beijing official.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-07/30/content_5445802.htm

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Corn won't be used for bio-fuel in 5 yrs
July 17, 2007
China will shift its dependence from corn to sorghum, cassava and sweet potato plants to make bio-fuel in the next five years. Part of the government's efforts to develop bio-fuel without harming general food supply and security, the shift will ensure a healthy supply of corn both as food and fodder.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-07/17/content_5437341.htm

China to boost forest-based bioenergy: official
July 17, 2007
BEIJING -- China would build 13.33 million hectares of forests by 2020 to produce bio-diesel oil and fuels for power generation, said Jia Zhibang, Director of the State Forestry Administration on Tuesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/17/content_5437819.htm

New Process Promises To Reduce Costs Of A Clean-coal Technology
July 17, 2007
Scientists in China are reporting an advance in clean-coal technology that could substantially reduce the cost of producing clean-burning fuels from underground deposits of coal.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=64114

Time is ripe to promote Green GDP system
July 17, 2007
The announcement of the latest results of Green Gross Domestic Product (GDP) hit a stumbling block as some officials assert the time is not ripe to make a Green GDP report public.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/17/content_5437852.htm

China Sees Shrinking Deserts: Official
July 18, 2007
The Chinese land vulnerable to desertification is dwindling by about 1200 square kilometers per year thanks to years of afforestation efforts, Zhu Lieke, vice director of the State Forestry Administration (SFA) told a press conference on Tuesday.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200707/t20070718_106894.htm

OECD Report: Automobile Becomes Principal Air Pollution Source in China's Cities
July 18, 2007
The impact of traffic on the air quality of Chinese cities has become tremendous, with automobiles being the top air pollution source, says a report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200707/t20070718_106892.htm

Premier Wen Urges Saving Energy in Olympic Construction
July 18, 2007
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday urged developers of Olympic stadiums and gymnasiums to promote energy efficiency and environmental protection in their construction.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200707/t20070718_106890.htm

UNEP Launches Chinese-language Website
July 18, 2007
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launched Tuesday its Chinese-language website, which provides Chinese-language readers with information about the UN body's work and major environmental issues.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200707/t20070718_106889.htm

Environment report 'not very reliable'
July 18, 2007
A senior environmental official has refuted a foreign media report that the country removed part of a World Bank report on pollution and health because of concerns over social unrest.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/18/content_5438166.htm

China's coal output hit 1.1 bln tons in first half
July 18, 2007
China's coal production rose 7.1 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2007 to fuel its double digit economic growth, the nation's top economic planning agency announced on Monday.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=64233

China closes 156 coal-fired power plants 1st half year
July 19, 2007
China shut down 156 small coal-fired energy-guzzling generation units with a combined generating capacity of 5.5 million kilowatts in the first half of 2007, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said on Tuesday.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=64340

Sinopec, CNOOC to Jointly Develop S. China's Natural Gas Market
July 20, 2007
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), two of the country's largest oil operators, on Wednesday signed an agreement with south China's Guangdong provincial government to jointly establish a natural gas supply and transmission company in Guangdong.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=64420

UK Climate Change Capital (CCC) Group to Invest 600 Million to CDM Projects in China
July 20, 2007
UK Climate Change Capital (CCC) Group will invest 600 million euros in CDM projects development in China, citing from Mr. Lu Yuebin, the president of Greater China Section of CCC Group in Lanzhou, gansu province recently.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=64426

China's power sector grows greener
July 22, 2007
China's power sector reported reduction in coal consumed to generate per kilowatt hour and sulfur dioxide emission on the whole, according to the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC).
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-07/22/content_6414061.htm

China issues clean production evaluation standards for six industries
July 22, 2007
China has issued its clean production evaluation systems for six industries amid efforts to curb air and water pollution. The six sets of standards became effective on the day of issuance on a trial basis in a bid to help better use of natural resources and cut pollutant emissions, said the commission.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-07/22/content_6414319.htm

More urban Chinese have plans to buy cars
July 22, 2007
Soon after obtaining a driver's license, Xiao Xu, a young teacher in an industrial city in northeast China, has put car purchase on her agenda as she eagerly wants to sit behind the wheel.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-07/22/content_6412522.htm

Power Output, Use Up over 15% in First Half
July 23, 2007
China's power production and consumption rose by more than 15 percent in the first half, the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) announced Friday.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=64517

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Beijing spends 4 billion yuan to upgrade subway
July 9, 2007
BEIJING, July 8 -- The Beijing Municipal government has spent nearly 4 billion yuan (roughly 526 million U.S. dollars) to give two of its key 30-year-old-plus metro lines a facelift prior to next summer's Olympics.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-07/09/content_5421853.htm

China's First High-grade Wind Power Station Begins Operation
July 10, 2007
According to the China Electricity Council, China's first high-grade wind power electricity station officially began operating and generating electricity at Rudong in Natong, Jiangsu province. This demonstrates that the equipment in China's wind power stations is on par with advanced global levels.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=63661

Wen calls for more urgency on pollution
July 10, 2007
Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday called on the nation to redouble its efforts to tackle pollution and global warming, according to a statement posted on the government's website.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/10/content_5422791.htm

Study: brown urban haze forms from gases
July 10, 2007
The sky above big cities in several countries is often a brownish haze instead of blue because of gases that form in the air, not the minute pollution particles directly emitted from the Earth's surface, a new study suggests.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-07/10/content_6354681.htm

City to increase parking fees in busy areas
July 10, 2007
Beijing authorities are considering increasing parking fees in busy areas to discourage people from driving and to clear up key arterial roads.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-07/10/content_5423120.htm

Air pollution found in 90% of Shanghai homes
July 11, 2007
Ninety percent of homes in Shanghai are suffering from an increasing amount of indoor air pollution caused by house refurbishing and decorations, a latest survey said on Tuesday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-07/11/content_6358816.htm

Wind power generators in Xinjiang
July 11, 2007
Wind power mills are pictured in the sunset in Turpan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region July 10, 2007. [photo]
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/11/content_5433109.htm

China falling short on energy-saving goals
July 12, 2007
China is falling short of its goals in a campaign to boost energy efficiency in its fuel-guzzling economy - the world's No. 2 oil consumer - but is starting to make progress, the government said Thursday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/12/content_5433932.htm

1,500 Greener Buses Replace Old Toxic Fleet
July 12, 2007
In efforts to relieve the streets in Shanghai from toxic exhaust fumes, 1,500 new buses with cleaner emissions have joined routes across town so far this year. In total, 1,750 old buses will be replaced this year, said Huang Xiaoyong, a spokesman for Shanghai Urban Transport Management Bureau, yesterday.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200707/t20070712_106614.htm

18.7b Yuan Earmarked to Fight Desertification in Xinjiang
July 12, 2007
China plans to invest 18.7 billion yuan (about US$2.46 billion) in the next eight years to try to roll back desertification in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the regional government announced Tuesday.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200707/t20070711_106582.htm

Local gov'ts urged to control high energy consumption projects
July 12, 2007
Chinese authorities on Wednesday urged local governments to control growth of sectors that consume too much energy and emit too many pollutants.
http://english.gov.cn/2007-07/12/content_681379.htm

Shrinking glaciers in Xinjiang sound climate warming alarms
July 12, 2007
URUMQI -- Researchers in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region said glaciers in the region are shrinking at alarming speeds and called for artificial measures to protect them.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-07/12/content_6366956.htm

Environmental cost of economic growth proving hard to measure
July 13, 2007
Calculating the economic cost of environmental degradation is proving a tough challenge for two government bodies. But the head of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Xie Fuzhan, yesterday said his organization will continue to attempt to do so, despite some experts describing it as a "mission impossible".
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-07/13/content_5434014.htm

Unit by unit, energy use improving
July 13, 2007
Energy consumption per unit of GDP last year fell for the first time since 2003, according to official figures - in a clear signal that conservation measures are beginning to pay off. Despite 11.1 percent GDP growth last year, energy consumption per unit of GDP fell by 1.33 percent for the whole year, compared to a 0.8 percent rise in the first half. Energy usage was 9.61 percent higher than in 2005.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/13/content_5433985.htm

Nanjing poised to adopt congestion fees
July 13, 2007
SHANGHAI: It appears likely that private cars in Nanjing will have to pay a congestion charge if they enter certain downtown areas during rush hours, according to the new Nanjing Metropolitan Transport White Paper.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/13/content_5433987.htm

Special trees help clear Guangzhou's air
July 14, 2007
GUANGZHOU: Experts are working in this southern city to develop tree species that could make a major contribution to the battle against pollution. A total of 30 species, including camphor trees, are currently being tested in terms of their ability to resist air pollution at the Huadu Liuxiwan Agriculture and Forest Ecology and Technology Center.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-07/14/content_5434890.htm

Residents ready to go green: Survey
July 14, 2007
SHANGHAI: More than 96 percent of this city's residents are willing to buy energy-saving lamps, fridges and air-conditioners, according to the results of a survey released this week by the Shanghai Association of Quality (SAQ).
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/14/content_5435018.htm

Second generating unit operates at full capacity in Tianwan nuclear plant
July 14, 2007
BEIJING -- The No. 2 generating unit of Tianwan nuclear power plant, a Sino-Russian cooperative project, has begun to operate at full capacity, according to an announcement by the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-07/14/content_6375476.htm

Climate change sucks water from China's two longest rivers
July 15, 2007
BEIJING, -- Climate change linked to the contraction of wetlands at the source of China's two longest rivers, the Yangtze and the Yellow River, has reduced the volume of water flowing in the rivers, said Chinese scientists.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-07/15/content_6377992.htm

Bright future for ethanol
July 16, 2007
The finishing touches must still be done, but, as sources with the national planning authority say, all that is left is the math - the easiest part. The outline of a sophisticated, in theory at least, blueprint is clear enough on the drawing board - to subsidize the production of non-grain-based fuel ethanol and make it as profitable as traditional fuels.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-07/16/content_5435378.htm

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Energy consumption up 8.4% in 2006
July 3, 2007
China's primary energy consumption rose by 8.4 percent in 2006, six percent more than the growth rate of global consumption, according to a report released by BP on Monday. The world consumption rose 2.4 percent last year, slowing from a rise of 3.2 percent in 2005, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-07/03/content_908845.htm

Beijing Taking Million Cars off Streets in August Trial
July 3, 2007
Beijing officials will withdraw one million cars from the city's streets next month in a trial run as plans are drawn up to reduce pollution levels for next year's Olympics. Pollution has been a worry for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as China's economic boom has fuelled increased energy consumption.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=18806

Construction: China to draft legislation on energy-saving buildings
July 4, 2007
The State Council on Tuesday started to solicit public opinions about a draft regulation aimed at reducing energy consumed by China's residential and public buildings.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-07/04/content_910040.htm

Crop bases to feed biofuel production
July 4, 2007
The government is to develop a number of new crop bases by 2010 to provide sufficient biomass resources to meet the country's growing demand for ethanol, the Ministry of Agriculture has said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-07/04/content_909803_2.htm

China to impose tariff on energy-guzzling products
July 4, 2007
China will impose an export tariff on highly energy-consuming products as part of an effort to deflate the ballooning trade surplus and improve the safety of the nation's export products, Wei Jianguo, vice commerce minister, said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-07/04/content_909983.htm

Time to act on energy
July 6, 2007
A sober review of China's economic situation for the first six months of the year is badly needed. The need for incentives for local governments to put energy conservation and environmental protection ahead of economic growth calls for the central government to reform the existing fiscal system. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-07/06/content_911249.htm

Landfill gas to generate electricity
July 6, 2007
The World Bank has signed its first greenhouse gas reduction agreement in China to develop a landfill gas project. The Shuangkou landfill gas project, located in Tianjin, will recover gas from the Shuangkou landfill and use it for electricity generation.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-07/06/content_911670.htm

Coal industry told to speed up energy saving
July 6, 2007
The government yesterday urged the coal industry, the biggest in the world, to speed up energy-saving and emission-control measures. According to a notice from the National Development and Reform Commission , the top industry watchdog, by 2010, coal firms should have cut their energy consumption per ton by 20 percent from 2005 levels.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-07/06/content_911425.htm

Date set for LPG-fueled buses, taxis
July 6, 2007
GUANGZHOU: All buses and taxis will be LPG-fueled in this southern city by 2010. "Guangzhou will host the 2010 Asian Games, promoting clean energy for public vehicles is part of the city's strategy to improve the environment and to usher in the grand sports event," Xian Weixiong, director of Guangzhou communications commission, said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-07/06/content_911199.htm

Fuel plan won't hit food supply: Expert
July 7, 2007
Despite its ambitious plan to produce bio-energy from crops, the government will not allow food shortages to occur, nor will there be major fluctuations in the prices of agricultural products, an expert on energy research said on Friday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-07/07/content_912427.htm

Banks told not to lend to polluters
July 7, 2007
The central bank on Friday said that banks should stop lending to projects that cause heavy pollution and waste energy. It also urged commercial banks to establish a long-term mechanism that uses lending to support technological innovation in energy saving and emission reduction, according to a People's Bank of China guideline published on its website.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-07/07/content_5421783.htm

Small power plants closed to save energy
July 7, 2007
China pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions as it unveiled its first climate change action plan in early June. China has closed down small thermal power plants with total power generating capacity of 5.5 million kilowatts by now, completing 55 percent of the country's goal for this year, Xinhua reported. [photos]
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2007-07/07/content_912412.htm

Car sales up 22.3% in first six months
July 7, 2007
Passenger vehicle sales in China, the world's second-biggest auto market, grew by more than one-fifth in the first half of this year as carmakers cut prices and launched new products to woo buyers, an industry body said on Friday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-07/07/content_912416.htm

Relocating pollution is the wrong solution
July 7, 2007
The fact that China is the world's manufacturing workshop and a top destination for foreign direct investment is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it has helped the country create millions of new jobs and sustain its double-digit economic growth for nearly 30 years. On the other hand, China must be held responsible for the worsening environmental crisis that has shocked the nation and the world.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-07/07/content_912425.htm

Carbon challenge
July 9, 2007
China's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are shifting, say experts, from a focus on easier targets to addressing the more challenging tasks.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-07/09/content_5421601.htm

Beijing's parking fees to be increased
July 9, 2007
Prices for 19,000 parking spaces in Beijing are going to be increased this year, said an official from the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/09/content_5422112.htm

Beijing spends 4 billion yuan to upgrade subway
July 9, 2007
The Beijing Municipal government has spent nearly 4 billion yuan (roughly 526 million U.S. dollars) to give two of its key 30-year-old-plus metro lines a facelift prior to next summer's Olympics.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-07/09/content_5421853.htm

China's uranium deposits sufficient for nuclear power development
July 9, 2007
China has enough uranium reserves to develop its nuclear power industry by 2020, said Wang Zhongtang, a senior official with the State Environment Protection Administration.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-07/09/content_1000010.htm

Vehicles with Substandard Exhaust Will Be Forced to Maintenance in Shengzhen of Guangdong Province
July 9, 2007
Stricter supervision to vehicle fuel marketing and use will be executed. To generalize ‘Shenzhen national III standard’ vehicle fuel and to reduce vehicle emission pollution for deeper air quality improvement, Shenzhen will beat illegal vehicle fuel marketing strictly and strengthen the supervision.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=18876

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Inefficient factories to be phased out
June 28, 2007
Shanghai will phase out businesses and projects that consume large amounts of energy or produce large amounts of pollution, said a report endorsed yesterday by the city's legislature.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-06/28/content_904270.htm

Polluters Will Be Forced to Pay More
June 28, 2007
China plans to significantly increase charges on the release of pollutants and effluents, said Bi Jingquan, vice-minister of the National Development and Reform Commission. The move is to push companies to more actively clean up the environment by imposing greater share of the financial burden, Bi said.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-06/27/content_6295759.htm

China mulls serial policies to improve growth structure
June 28, 2007
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) is mulling a series of macro-control policies to make structural changes in the form economic growth takes, said Jin Renqing, minister of finance in the 2006 settlement report to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-06/28/content_904692.htm

Backlog Grows in China Carbon Credit Applications
June 29, 2007
A queue is growing of Chinese energy and industrial enterprises awaiting UN approval to sell cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to rich countries.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/42873/story.htm

China and EU launch climate change project
June 29, 2007
China and the EU yesterday launched a joint project to boost China's clean development mechanism (CDM). The EU will pour 2.8 million euros into the project, which targets EU-China joint climate change objectives, said Nicholas Costello, first counselor of the Delegation of the European Commission to China and Mongolia.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-06/29/content_905297.htm

China is in pursuit of a clean economy
June 29, 2007
China, a developing country, has welcomed the principle of "common but differentiated responsibility" in implementing the Kyoto Protocol, which is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The United Nations Framework on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol both benefit and reflect China's and most developing countries' position.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-06/29/content_905443.htm

Beijing to raise vehicle and vessel tax
June 29, 2007
The Beijing Municipal Legislative Affairs Office yesterday released draft rules on the implementation of China's interim regulations on vehicle and vessel tax, seeking public opinions. Vehicle and vessel tax is raised in an effort to help implement the State's policies on energy saving and environmental protection, said the State Administration of Taxation.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-06/26/content_903138.htm

Beijing records worst air quality for June in years
June 30, 2007
Beijing has recorded the worst air quality for June in the past seven years, as it was substandard for 15 days in the month, authorities said on Saturday. Particles in the air was the main pollutant, said officials with the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Environment Protection. The city's weather "was bad for the spread of pollutants".
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/30/content_907037.htm

New standard for car industry
June 30, 2007
A more stringent vehicle emission standard equivalent to the Euro III will begin on Sunday, said China's environmental regulator. And the sale and licensing of Euro II vehicles will expire a year later.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/30/content_906995.htm

New Chinese laws benefit environment, bicyclists, handicapped from July 1
July 1, 2007
A series of new laws and regulations, ranging from the management of laundry and dyeing industries to household garbage treatment, took effect in China on Sunday. Taxes on bicycles have been scrapped, an effort by the government to lessen the financial burden on China's hundreds of millions of bicyclists, according to the new regulation.
http://english.people.com.cn//200707/01/eng20070701_389273.html

Organic oil
July 2, 2007
Chinese officials tell China Business Weekly that biodiesel will soon carry greater significance in easing the energy thirst of the rapidly developing nation, as technology, markets and environmental policies for alterative fuels are maturing.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-07/02/content_907221.htm

Green taxation needed
July 2, 2007
Local tax authorities in Beijing have decided to suspend the vehicle and vessel tax originally scheduled to begin July 1. This move is remarkable because it displays the policymakers' willingness to listen to public opinion. More important, it gives local tax authorities the opportunity to better align their policy with the national strategy of conserving energy and protecting the environment.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-07/02/content_907341.htm

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Gov't will offer tax break to promote clean energy
June 19, 2007
China, the world's second-largest energy consumer, will this year begin offering corporate income tax preferences to overseas investors in natural gas processing, marketing and construction of urban gas pipelines in a move to use more of the clean energy source.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-06/19/content_897268.htm

Joint efforts needed to fight desertification
June 19, 2007
According to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, more than 250 million people are directly affected by desertification. In addition, some one billion people in more than 100 countries are at risk. They include many of the world's poorest, most marginalized and politically weak.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-06/19/content_897334.htm

Green growth A-Team
June 20, 2007
The establishment of a top team on climate change, energy conservation and pollutant discharge reduction led by Premier Wen Jiabao marks China's latest step in pursuing green goals.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-06/20/content_897955.htm

China Steps up Supervision of Energy Saving, Pollutant Reduction Performance
June 21, 2007
China's Ministry of Supervision said Wednesday it would monitor more closely and punish departments who violate regulations on energy-saving and pollution control.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200706/t20070621_105591.htm

China Asks Efficiency for Gas-Fueled Water Heater
June 21, 2007
China will lift energy utilisation requirements for gas-fuelled water heaters from next month as part of a national campaign to improve efficiency and conserve energy, state media reported on Wednesday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm?newsid=42738&newsdate=21-Jun-2007

China's "Professional Noses" Sniff Out Polluters
June 21, 2007
An environmental monitoring station in southern China is recruiting people with keen noses to sniff out foul gases in the atmosphere and provide more accurate readings of air quality.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/42725/newsDate/21-Jun-2007/story.htm

Environmental protection exhibition held in Beijing
June 22, 2007
The 10th China International Environmental Protection Exhibition was launched in Beijing on Thursday. Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan sent a letter of congratulation to the exhibition and expressed his hope that the exhibition can promote the development of environmental protection industry and contribute to China's sound and rapid economic development.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/22/content_899736.htm

Grassroots NGOs struggle for legitimacy
June 22, 2007
Due to an absence of competent authorities to petition for approval, a majority of China's grassroots environmental NGOs (non-governmental organization) are operating illegitimately according to a report by the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims under China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL).
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200706/t20070622_105646.htm

Experts contest CO2 emissions report
June 22, 2007
Officials and experts have contested a recent report that said China had for the first time overtaken the United States as the world's top producer of carbon dioxide (CO2).
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/22/content_899834.htm

Coal-to-oil converter set to start work
June 22, 2007
A project of liquefying coal, in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, is its final stage of construction and will be ready for production late in this year. With a budget of 12.3 billion yuan, the project will have an annual production capacity of five million tons of oils
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-06/22/content_900157.htm

$9b invested in renewable energy last year
June 22, 2007
China saw a remarkable investment flow of $9 billion into the renewable energy sector last year, mostly in wind and solar segments, according to a report released yesterday by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-06/22/content_900323.htm

SEPA calls more for public involvement
June 22, 2007
After putting two highly polluting projects on hold as a result of public pressure, the top environmental watchdog yesterday said it would seek to establish a proper mechanism to allow for its further participation in environmental governance. A new website, www.greenlaw.org.cn, is seeking to provide detailed information relating to environmental laws and regulations.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/22/content_899835.htm

Ban on use of corn for ethanol lauded
June 22, 2007
China's policy not to use basic food crops, especially corn, to make biofuel as a substitute for petroleum is a "sound decision", a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/22/content_899837.htm

Chinese enterprise wins award for energy efficiency
June 22, 2007
China's Beijing Shenzhou Daxu Bio-energy Technology Company was rewarded the UK Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, the world's leading green energy prize, in a final competition taking place here Thursday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-06/22/content_6275110.htm

China to amend law to reduce energy consumption
June 24, 2007
China's top legislature on Sunday began deliberating a draft amendment to the Law on Conserving Energy, which details measures to avoid energy waste in the three areas, construction projects, the transportation sector and government buildings, to improve energy efficiency and cut pollution emissions.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/24/content_901045.htm

China to improve environmental assessment
June 24, 2007
China will improve strategic environmental assessment procedures in key regions and industries after the suspension of a controversial paraxylene (PX) project in Xiamen, according to the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA).
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-06/24/content_900969.htm

Beijing rules out construction of new cement, alcohol plants
June 24, 2007
With central authorities bearing down on energy-guzzling, heavily polluting industries, the Beijing Municipal Government has moved to outlaw the construction of six categories of factory to save energy and protect the environment.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-06/24/content_900963.htm

Growing in the wind
June 25, 2007
In today's Shandong, as we can see from the budgets of programs for five new wind power stations at once, there has been some serious thinking. By choosing a more expensive, though ultimately clean type of energy, Shandong is apparently moving toward a new trend - energy diversity and eventually cutting down on the use of coal whenever possible.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-06/25/content_901140.htm

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Balance food supply and bio-energy
June 11, 2007
As the Western press celebrated the G8 meeting last week as a "big step forward" on climate change, the Chinese press should have highlighted the significance of the bio-energy program adopted by the State Council, the Chinese cabinet, also last week.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-06/11/content_891198.htm

Energy-saving cops to enforce air-conditioner rules
June 11, 2007
Beijing has unleashed "energy cops" to enforce limits on air-conditioner use as the government pushes to save power and clean grimy skies, the Beijing News reported on Monday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/11/content_891710.htm

Pure power
June 11, 2007
A new cluster of industry is quietly building up in Tianjin, northern China's port and logistics center, as global manufacturers arrive to help supply China's burgeoning wind power industry.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-06/11/content_891060.htm

60% of Chinese cities suffer from air pollution: Report
June 12, 2007
About 60 percent of Chinese cities still suffer from air pollution and have no centralized sewage treatment facilities, according to a report by the State environment watchdog.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/12/content_891904.htm

China energy use rose 8.4 percent in 2006
June 12, 2007
World energy consumption rose 2.4 percent last year, slowing from a rise of 3.2 percent in 2005, while China's energy use soared 8.4 percent, BP PLC said Tuesday in its annual survey of global trends.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/12/content_892759.htm

Use of clean energy gets scientific boost
June 13, 2007
The national scientific innovation alliance system was launched on Monday to maximize resource utilization efficiency and reduce pollution. The system covers four key industries - steel, coal, chemicals and agriculture, said sources with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-06/13/content_892870.htm

Non-staple crops new source for ethanol
June 13, 2007
Non-staple crops in China like sorghum, batata and cassava will become the new sources for ethanol as China has decided to stop ethanol production from corn, said an official from the country's top economic policymaking agency.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-06/13/content_892938.htm

Work with, not trash, China on climate change
June 13, 2007
Accusing China of not cooperating in the global debate on climate change is too simplistic and of little help in getting the country involved in mitigating climate change.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-06/13/content_893173.htm

Sweating it out: Chinese civil servants experience shortage of energy efficiency
June 13, 2007
China's central government ordered a day without air conditioners on Tuesday as a gesture to exhibit its resolution to cut energy consumption and improve energy efficiency.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-06/13/content_6233786.htm

Beijing choked by smoke from burning stalks
June 14, 2007
A southerly wind carrying smoke from burning stalks from places to the south cast a pale over the capital on Wednesday, the environment watchdog said. Beijing issued a ban on burning straw in 2000. An inspection by the environment watchdog found no recent violations of the regulation in the city . However, burning straw is still common practice in rural areas of other provinces.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-06/14/content_894402.htm

Stop the burning
June 14, 2007
Heavy smoke from burning wheat straw in neighboring provinces seriously polluted the air in Beijing early this week. Not only in the capital, this remains a problem across northern China and parts of the south.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-06/14/content_894049.htm

China invests US$930m to fight climate change
June 14, 2007
China has earmarked more than 7.1 billion yuan (about 930 million US dollars) for technology innovations to cope with climate change since 2001, said Science and Technology Minister Wan Gang on Thursday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/14/content_894637.htm

New paths to reach green goal
June 15, 2007
China's top science official yesterday sounded an upbeat note about achieving the country's green goals - innovatively. Wan said that the technology studies focus on raising energy efficiency, developing renewable and clean energy, exploring and burning coal in a clean way, carbon capture and sequestration, absorbing carbons biologically and cutting GHG emissions through improved farming modes.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/15/content_894793.htm

Empire of the sun - and wind
June 15, 2007
In the face of stiff competition from Paris and Toronto, Beijing won the bid to host the 2008 Olympics partly on its pledge to leave a strong environmental legacy behind and play catch-up with its "greener" rivals.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-06/15/content_895230.htm

China may raise resource tax
June 15, 2007
China is likely to raise its resource tax as part of efforts to encourage energy efficiency, according to Shanghai Securities News. Sources said the tax authorities propose to adjust the method for calculating the resource tax to reflect the price of the products.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-06/15/content_895520.htm

HK pollution getting worse, says green group
June 15, 2007
Hong Kong's bad-air days have doubled over the past decade, green group Friends of the Earth said on Thursday, saying rising energy consumption and wasteful lifestyles were exacerbating the problem.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/42613/newsDate/15-Jun-2007/story.htm

Air pollution top issue as SAR fails major green tests
June 15, 2007
Hong Kong has received a failing grade in all major environmental areas 10 years after the handover, with air pollution remaining its worst problem, according to a study released by Friends of the Earth Thursday.
http://www.thestandard.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=4&art_id=46907&sid=14069001&con_type=1&d_str=20070615

China Considers Spelling Out Own Greenhouse Gas Goals
June 15, 2007
China will hold down per-capita volumes of greenhouse gases causing global warming and is studying how to spell out domestic emissions goals, officials said on Thursday, seeking to stress cooperation on the issue.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/42614/newsDate/15-Jun-2007/story.htm

Surviving summer's noxious brew
June 16, 2007
The oppressive summer heat may provide the perfect excuse to indulge in ice-cold drinks, lazy weekends and outdoor dining. But for many residents of Beijing and other congested Chinese cities, it's also a season to struggle with dry cough, irritated sinus or even a general fear of going outside.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-06/16/content_895642.htm

Coal production capacity to exceed 3.1b tons
June 16, 2007
China's annual coal production capacity is expected to top 3.1 billion tons by 2010, 600 million tons more than demand requires, according to latest statistics from the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-06/16/content_895893.htm

Future fuel
June 18, 2007
China has mapped out its renewable energy development plan for increasing the variety of energy sources and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The State Council, or China's cabinet, reviewed and passed a renewable energy mid- to long-term development plan on June 7, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-06/18/content_896184.htm

Fueling debate
June 18, 2007
Coal mines in China can not only produce coal, but also boast great potential for methane, a much cleaner energy. Yet it seems difficult for coalmine owners and methane developers to join hands to extract the gas, let alone to jointly put the resource into commercial usage.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-06/18/content_896185.htm

China closes more small thermal power plants
June 18, 2007
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in north China on Saturday used dynamite to demolish two small coal-fired power generating units that had been in service for 31 years on Saturday. Small coal-fired power plants that produced a total of 10 million kw will be closed this year.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-06/16/content_6251073.htm

Dalian in heavy fog
June 18, 2007
Buildings are seen covered by heavy fog in Dalian, a coastal city in Liaoning Province June 15. The fog has considerably reduced visibility and prompted the local government to issue a warning signal. [Photos]
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=62023

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Press conference on national climate change program
June 4, 2007
At the press conference sponsored by the State Council Information Office on June 4, 2007, Ma Kai, chairman of National Development and Reform Commission, briefed the press on government of China to address climate change. He also answered questions from the press.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-06/04/content_6197309.htm

China to reduce pollutant discharge by 10%
June 4, 2007
The Chinese government has reiterated its intention to meet strict energy efficiency and pollutant reduction targets, which it failed last year, in an official work plan published in Beijing Sunday. The General Work Plan for Energy Conservation and Pollutant Discharge Reduction shows that China will stick to the original plan of energy saving as well as reducing major pollutant discharges by 10 percent.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-06/04/content_886797.htm

Greenery a key measure at work
June 4, 2007
The leaders of governments and major companies have been put on notice that their efforts to save energy and reduce pollution will be key factors in their performance assessments, the State Council, or cabinet, officially warned yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/04/content_886067.htm

China issues plan on global warming, rejecting mandatory caps on greenhouse gases
June 5, 2007
With global warming high on the agenda for the world’s industrial powers gathering later this week in Germany, China staked out its position on Monday by releasing its first national strategy on climate change, a plan that promises to improve energy efficiency but rejects any mandatory caps on greenhouse gas emissions.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/05/world/asia/05china.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Key facts on China and climate change
June 5, 2007
China released its first national plan on climate change on Monday, setting out broad goals for tackling the effects of global warming and for curbing greenhouse gas pollution that is heating up the atmosphere. Here are some key facts about climate change and China.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=18248

2007 could be a turning point for pollution in China
June 5, 2007
The emission of major pollutants in China will decrease in 2007, said a senior environmental official in Beijing on Tuesday, who is optimistic the nation can reach the pollution control goal set for 2010.
http://english.gov.cn/2007-06/05/content_637390.htm

Alternative power sources will help cut emissions
June 5, 2007
By harnessing the energy unleashed by hydro-, nuclear, thermal, wind and biomass power as well as a structural adjustment of the coal industry, the country expects to significantly reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases (GHGs) responsible for climate change, a plan released yesterday by the National Development and Reform Commission, said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/05/content_886984.htm

Beijing launches energy-saving and emission-cutting project
June 5, 2007
China's capital has launched an energy-saving project which makes the readjustment of industrial structure its priority.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-06/05/content_887650.htm

China makes slim progress on energy savings – Adviser
June 5, 2007
China has made little headway saving energy, reducing pollution and curbing investment as the government strives to create a more sustainable model of economic growth, a prominent expert said in remarks published on Monday.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/42382/newsDate/5-Jun-2007/story.htm

Experts React to China's Climate Change Plan
June 5, 2007
China released its first national plan on climate change on Monday, setting out goals for tackling global warming but stressing that rich nations must take the lead in cutting greenhouse gases.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/42392/newsDate/5-Jun-2007/story.htm

Clean coal technology in the spotlight in N China
June 5, 2007
Under the scorching June sun, a team of workers in Jincheng, a city in north China's Shanxi Province, has been working around the clock to build a methane recovery and utilization plant for power generation.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-06/05/content_6202190.htm

Environmentalists praise new plan
June 6, 2007
Environmentalists marked World Environment Day yesterday by praising the new National Action Plan on Climate Change, describing it as an active way to mitigate global warming.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/06/content_887852.htm

Not good enough
June 6, 2007
The just-released 2006 report of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) finds generally stable environmental conditions, which is not an overall cause for celebration.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-06/06/content_888056.htm

Breakthrough on new energy source
June 6, 2007
China announced yesterday it had made a breakthrough in excavating natural gas hydrate, the so-called "flammable ice", which is believed to be a potential natural energy source.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-06/06/content_888302.htm

Climate change realities hitting G8 and China
June 6, 2007
Climate change is sure to be one of the dominant issues when the leaders of the eight largest industrialized powers meet in Heiligendamm, Germany, this week for their annual summit. The reality of the human link to global warming is accepted worldwide.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-06/06/content_887919.htm

Climate change battle could spell new disasters
June 6, 2007
Rich countries meeting in Germany this week will agree that they need to confront climate change, but unpleasant tradeoffs are already emerging. Unless properly managed, a rush to reshape the world's economy to arrest climate change could end up trampling the lifestyles of the rich, the livelihoods of the rural poor, and the earth's most vulnerable habitats.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2007-06/06/content_888138.htm

Most Beijingers interested in environmental issues
June 6, 2007
Most Beijing residents are interested in environmental issues and are aware of their responsibility in this respect, according to a survey released recently.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-06/06/content_888303.htm

Mixed response to Chengdu car-free day
June 6, 2007
To celebrate World Environment Day June 5, several departments of Chengdu municipal government jointly called for a car-free day in the city. The campaign won wide support from local citizens. Two of the media comments follow:
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-06/06/content_888057.htm

China's Top Power Plant Seen Ready Ahead of Time
June 6
China's largest hydropower plant, the Three Gorges, is expected to be fully operational several months ahead of schedule in 2008, Xinhua reported, indicating more electricity supply to the energy-hungry economy.
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/42440/story.htm

New guidelines to tackle air pollution
June 6, 2007
To tackle the worsening air pollution, the Environmental Protection Department in Hong Kong has hired a consultancy firm to draw up a new set of air quality objectives. The new guidelines will tighten up the guideline values for sulfur dioxide, respirable suspended particulates and ozone, and recommend progressive three-stage interim targets.
http://www.csr-asia.com/index.php?p=10119

China, U.S. coal-bed methane projects awaiting go-ahead
June 6, 2007
Plans to develop two of the 15 large coal-bed methane capture projects, proposed during the Second U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue, are on the drawing board, according to China United Coal-bed Methane Corporation (CUCMC).
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-06/06/content_6206853.htm

The greenest energy is the energy saved
June 7, 2007
There is a quicker, cheaper and more effective way of reducing carbon dioxide emissions that can be applied right now: energy-efficient technologies that are commercially available and proven. Energy efficiency is the low-hanging fruit in the campaign to protect the environment because the technologies exist and we know the savings they will deliver.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-06/07/content_889199.htm

Progress made on climate change tech
June 8, 2007
China is actively engaged in developing technologies to battle climate change and reduce global warming, a senior official said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/08/content_890214.htm

China adopts a series of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emission
June 8, 2007
Although China's per capita carbon dioxide emissions are less than one-third of the average level in developed countries, the Chinese government has adopted a series of measures to reduce carbon emission in recent years, Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Friday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-06/08/content_6217556.htm

China has a 'differentiated responsibility' to climate change
June 9, 2007
China's top meteorological official has urged the international community to abide by the principle of "common but differentiated responsibility" when addressing climate change.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-06/09/content_890603.htm

China may halt production of liquefied coal
June 10, 2007
China, which is rich in coal but poor in petroleum and gas, may put an end to projects which are designed to produce petroleum by liquefying coal, an official with the country's top economic planning agency has said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/10/content_890875.htm

Public participation urged in saving energy
June 10, 2007
China's Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan called on ordinary people in China to get involved in the ongoing campaign of energy reduction on Sunday in Nanjing, the first day of a nationwide publicity week themed with energy conservation.
http://english.gov.cn/2007-06/10/content_643454.htm

China mulls banning food in ethanol fuel
June 11, 2007
China may entirely switch to non-food materials such as cassva, sweet potato, sorgo and cellulose in producing ethanol fuel as a substitute for petroleum, said a government official.
http://english.gov.cn/2007-06/11/content_643506.htm

Electric Two-Wheelers in China: Analysis of Environmental, Safety and Mobility Impacts
A recently completed PhD dissertation may interest those who are curious of China’s policies on electric bikes. This study quantifies many of the safety and environmental impacts of electric two-wheelers and balances the negative externalities by quantifying benefits to uses in terms of increased mobility and access to opportunities. Here is the link to the dissertation.
http://www.ce.berkeley.edu/~cherry/Publications/full_dissertation-committee_final-2007.pdf

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CSIC wind power project starts construction in Chongqing
May 28
China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation’s (CSIC) five billion yuan (US$646.83 million) wind power project recently started construction in Chongqing, Southwest China, according to Shanghai Securities News.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-05/28/content_882020.htm

Non-fossil Fuels to Contribute 30% to China's Energy Consumption in 2050
May 29
Non-fossil fuels will account for 30 percent of China's energy consumption in 2050, compared with the current 10 percent, the China Securities Journal declared on Tuesday.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=18175

Working together on climate change
May 29
The China Daily CEO roundtable demonstrated that foreign governments, international organizations and NGOs are working to ensure industrial development is sustainable in economic, social and environmental terms.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-05/29/content_882136.htm

Experts Meet in HK for Cooling Ways against Global Warming
May 29
More than 300 meteorologists, environment engineers, scientists and representatives from 26 countries or regions saw an enormous task to remain cool in future as they kicked off the International Conference on Climate Change 2007 here Tuesday.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=18122

Campaign Begins to Eliminate Polluting Industries
May 30
A campaign has begun to ensure the elimination of high-energy consuming and heavy-polluting industries, China's top economic planner has announced. The campaign, aimed at curbing excessive growth of energy consuming and polluting industries, will run until the end of June, according to National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200705/t20070530_104299.htm

China opens nuclear power industry to private, foreign investors
May 31
Domestic and foreign companies will be allowed to invest in China's nuclear power generating projects but cannot hold a controlling stake, a senior official with the State Commission of Science and Technology for National Defense Industry said on Wednesday.
http://english.people.com.cn//200705/31/eng20070531_379693.html

Beijing still tackling air quality issue before '08
May 31
With the Beijing Games just over a year away, city officials still are trying to tackle one of their biggest challenges - how to improve the city's air quality and lower pollution levels.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-05/31/content_884643.htm

More than US$3b to be invested in pollution control
May 31
Beijing will continue huge investment in pollution control one year before the Olympic Games opens in the Chinese capital, a government official said here on Thursday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sports/2007-05/31/content_884679.htm

Beijing to cut emissions for Games
May 31
Although there are three million registered vehicles on the road, Beijing is still confident in having blue skies for the Olympic Games next year. City officials will implement new emission standards for vehicles and upgrade public transport system, which they announced at a press conference by The Organizing Committee for the Beijing Olympic Games (BOCOG) on Thursday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-05/31/content_885139.htm

Beijing To Shut Down Heavy Polluters During Games
May 31
Beijing will shut down smoke-belching factories and ban thousands of cars from city streets to improve air quality during next year's Olympic Games, a senior city official said on Thursday.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=18177

Beijing Escapes Sandy Weather
May 31
The Chinese capital experienced three mild sandstorms this spring, the second lowest number in the past twenty years. Guo Hu, chief of the municipal meteorological observatory, said no more sandy weather days are expected this year.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200705/t20070531_104363.htm

Car Exhaust Fumes Blamed for Air Pollution in Beijing
May 31
Most Beijing residents point to autos as the main factor in the city's air pollution, according to a survey released Thursday.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=18180

Coal-fired Power Plant Demolished to Cut Pollution
May 31
A small coal-fired power plant in Shandong Province of east China was demolished on Sunday as the local government began to respond to a call from the central government to save energy and cut pollution.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200705/t20070531_104346.htm

Shanxi Coke Plants Start to Clean up Their Act
June 1
While most coking plants in Shanxi Province are shrouded in smoke and covered with a thick black dust, no smoke escapes from the Xinggao Coke and Chemical Group Co.'s warm ovens. Workers' faces are clean, not masked with soot.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=60920

Hong Kong Takes Steps to Tackle Global Warming
June 1
Every individual can and must play a part to protect the environment for future generations, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Donald Tsang said on Thursday.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200706/t20070601_104436.htm

Walk the talk if you want to be green
June 2
Leave the car at home and take a bus. That's the message being pushed by environmental experts in a campaign to clear the air in China's cities.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-06/02/content_885673.htm

State Council: no lower than 26 degrees in air-conditioned rooms
June 3
The temperature of all China's air-conditioned public rooms should be kept at no lower than 26 degrees centigrade, the State Council said on Sunday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-06/03/content_6192841.htm

China Says Energy Efficiency Key to Performance of Gov't, Company Leaders
June 4
Leaders of China's governments and major companies have been put on notice that energy efficiency and pollutant discharge reduction will be key factors in their performance assessments, the State Council, or cabinet, officially warned on Sunday.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200706/t20070604_104478.htm

China to Stick to Strict Energy-saving, Environment-protection Plans
June 4
The Chinese government has reiterated its intention to meet strict energy efficiency and pollutant reduction targets, which it failed last year, in an official work plan published here Sunday.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200706/t20070604_104473.htm

DEQ reviewing emission controls by Steel Dust Recycling
June 4
The state's pollution control agency is seeking public feedback about a proposed Lowndes County facility for reprocessing hazardous dust from making steel
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=61019

Targets of scrapping out-dated production capacity for pollution control
June 4
China's State Council, or cabinet, on Sunday issued the General Work Plan for Energy Conservation and Pollutant Discharge Reduction, urging governments and companies around the country to "earnestly" implements it.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-06/04/content_6194475.htm

China releases national plan on climate change
June 4
China is the first developing country to establish a national action plan on climate change and show its willingness to act as a responsible one in the combat against global warming, Ma Kai, minister in charge of the National Development and Reform Commission, said on Monday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/04/content_886538.htm

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Chinese environmental situation continues to deteriorate
May 22
Spring sandstorms helped sweep away air pollutants and reduce the number of heavy pollution days at the beginning of the year, but the nation's overall environmental situation continues to deteriorate with several major rivers and lakes clogged with heavy discharges of industrial waste.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/22/content_6134854.htm
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-05/22/content_877407.htm

Emerging opportunity in China's power industry
May 22
To fuel China's rapid economic development, the country's demand for power is seeing an astonishing surge. However, the industry is facing a dilemma brought on by fast development and higher efficiency requirements.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/22/content_6134709.htm

Solar energy giant in China
May 23
Germany-based Conergy AG, a leading solar energy company in Europe, is looking to tap China's nascent renewable energy market as the nation charts out an ambitious plan for clean energy.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-05/23/content_878724.htm

China sets up State Nuclear Power Technology Co.
May 23
The State Nuclear Power Technology Co., co-funded by the State Council and four large state-owned enterprises including China National Nuclear Corporation, was launched here on Tuesday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/22/content_6134520.htm
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-05/23/content_878459.htm

WB country chief vows more support for China
May 24
The head of China operations for the World Bank has pledged his support for the government's efforts to build a harmonious society.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-05/24/content_879181.htm

Dust storm blankets Beijing
May 24
A general view of the Forbidden City amid a dust storm in the center of Beijing May 24, 2007. Worsening air and water pollution and frequent use of food additives and pesticides made cancer the top killer in China last year, state media reported last week, citing health experts. [Photo]
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-05/24/content_879897_2.htm

Green drive sees diesel cars as an alternative
May 25
China, the world's No 2 vehicle market and oil consumer, is scouting around for fuel-efficient cars. A battery of automakers, from global names like Toyota and General Motors to indigenous companies like Chery and SAIC Motor, are conducting research on hybrid and fuel-cell cars.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-05/25/content_880242_2.htm

Both sides to gain from concrete energy pact
May 25
Both the United States and China will gain from the concrete energy deals on coal and environment technology collaboration, analysts say. "The agreements reached between US and China on energy cooperation are supposed to address specific issues, including clean coal technologies, coalbed methane utilization and environmental technology development.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-05/25/content_879994.htm

Suzhou becomes blurry
May 25
A general view of Suzhou in East China's Jiangsu Province amid a dust storm in May 25, 2007. [Newsphoto]
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2007-05/25/content_880753_3.htm

China orders removal of preferential policies for energy guzzlers
May 26
China's top economic planning agency has ordered local authorities to remove preferential policies for energy guzzlers amid the nation's efforts to save energy and cut pollution.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/26/content_6157285.htm

Guangdong Nuclear in Anhui plant deal
May 28
China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding, the smaller of the nation's two dominant nuclear energy producers, has agreed to develop a large plant in Anhui province to meet growing demand for clean power in the local market and in Shanghai.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-05/28/content_881698.htm

China digs into coalbed methane
May 28
In order to meet the rising demand for energy, China has quickened its pace in developing coalbed methane (CBM), a clean fuel. CBM is more commonly known as coalmine gas. With components similar to natural gas, it is a practical and reliable alternative energy source, said Sun Maoyuan, president of China United Coalbed Methane Co Ltd.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=60608

Number of automobiles registered in Beijing hits 3-mln mark
May 28
The number of registered automobiles in Beijing reached 3 million on Saturday - a great pressure to the city's traffic system and environment, according to a traffic official.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/28/content_6164899.htm

3m vehicles is good and bad news
May 28
Beijing now has 3 million registered vehicles, and that is good and bad news both. On the one hand, the newly released figure reflects the city's fast economic growth. But on the other, it has aroused a lot of concern among people, who call themselves "desperate commuters" because of the poor traffic condition in the city and on the expressways.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-05/28/content_881248.htm

Going greener
May 28
German auto conglomerate Volkswagen AG was the first global auto manufacturer to gain a foothold in China. After more than 20 years of operation in the nation, the auto giant now plans to be the first providing an entire fleet of fuel economy vehicles.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-05/28/content_881237.htm

Study: urban grime contributes to air pollution
May 28
New research reveals the grime that cakes urban windows, roads, buildings and other surfaces may be a source of smog in big cities.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/28/content_6164831.htm

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Don't politicize air quality
May 15
It is improper to reward officials on the improvement of air quality, says a commentary in Beijing News. An excerpt follows: The provincial bureaus of environmental protection and finance in Shanxi Province established a policy recently providing that major officials and related personnel can receive as much as 2 million yuan in incentives if the cities move up in the air quality list.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-05/15/content_872561.htm

China to Automate Real-time Monitoring of Polluters
May 15
Confounded by rising discharges of industrial waste and the deterioration in water and air quality, China's environment watchdog is setting up an extensive automation network to conduct real-time monitoring of the countries' most notorious polluters.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200705/t20070515_103676.htm

Renewable Energy and Energy-Saving Expo to Be Held in June
May 17
The Second Renewable Energy and Energy-Saving Expo will be held in the Beijing National Agriculture Exhibition Center from June 1st to 3rd, Xinhuanet reported on Wednesday.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200705/t20070517_103777.htm

Joint Project Helps Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions
May 17
An international project has helped cut 1.1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions in China annually by encouraging township and village enterprises (TVEs) to adopt energy efficient technologies.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200705/t20070517_103781.htm

Europe Lags, China Catches Up in Clean Energy Race
May 17
European private sector backing for clean energy technologies is slipping further behind the United States, while China is catching up, new figures show.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=17835

China targets big polluters
May 17
Chinese rural enterprises -- big polluters in the country -- are finding ways of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under a new project.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-05/17/content_875023.htm

China eyes energy-saving potential in countryside
May 17
China's vast rural areas have a huge potential for energy saving and emission reduction, vice minister of agriculture Wei Chaoan said on Wednesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-05/17/content_874483.htm

Air quality is a major concern - Olympic official
May 17
A Chinese official helping Beijing host its first Olympics said Wednesday one of his biggest concerns was air quality in a city notorious for brown skies.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-05/17/content_874773.htm

Dow, Shenhua closer to clean coal plant
May 18
Domestic coal mining giant Shenhua Group and US-based Dow Chemical Company have signed a cooperation agreement and announced plans for a feasibility study, bringing the two a step closer to building a world-class coal-to-chemicals complex in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-05/16/content_873402.htm

Energy-consuming power stations destroyed
May 18
Cooling towers are imploded at Yongchang Power Plant in Yongchang, Southwest China's Gansu Province, May 16, 2007. Gansu Province plans to shut down more high-energy-consuming power stations in an effort to save the energy and reduce the pollution, Xinhua reported.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2007-05/18/content_875611.htm [photo]

China, US urged to team up on GHGs
May 18
US environmentalists have called on China and the United States, the world's top emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs), to work together on mitigating climate change.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-05/18/content_875161.htm

Architects key to building energy efficiency
May 19
Innovation in constructing energy-saving buildings is crucial to China's sustainable development, foreign and domestic energy experts said on Friday. Experts came to the consensus at the international forum on "Innovation for Sustainable Development" at Shanghai Tongji University.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-05/19/content_876176.htm

Shougang confirms plant closure in time for Olympics
May 20
Beijing Shougang steel company, one of the capital's worst polluters, will close a key production plant early next year in time for the Olympics, said a company source on Saturday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-05/20/content_876385.htm

Energy: Clean energy boost
May 21
China Huaneng Group, the nation's biggest power company, plans to boost renewable energy capacity more than 10 times by 2020 as the country seeks to cut fossil-fuel consumption, the South China Morning Post reported, citing an official at a unit of the utility.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-05/21/content_877074.htm

Healthy homes
May 21
Sustainable development is imperative for real estate developers and investors with long-term commitments in China, says global property consulting firm Jones Lang LaSalle in a recently released white paper.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2007-05/21/content_876566.htm

Pollution makes cancer the top killer
May 21
Air and water pollution combined with widespread use of food additives and pesticides made cancer the top killer in China last year, according to a recent government survey.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-05/21/content_876491.htm

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Lack of Water Hinders Efforts to Curb Tibet Forest Fire
May 8
Rugged terrain and lack of water have hampered efforts to control a forest fire in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region that has raged for five days.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/05/08/[email protected]

Floating dust hits Beijing
May 9
Beijing was hit by a light sand storm on Monday as northwest winds blew through the city changing the color of the sky to orange, says the China Meteorological Administration (CMA).
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-05/09/content_868649.htm

U.N. raises doubts on biofuels
May 9
Biofuels like ethanol can help reduce global warming and create jobs for the rural poor, but the benefits may be offset by serious environmental problems and increased food prices for the hungry, the U.N. said Tuesday in its first major report on bioenergy.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2007-05/09/content_868134.htm

Environment watchdog calls for sharper teeth
May 10
Pan Yue, vice-minister of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), has called for the introduction of a new regulation that would require an environmental impact assessment to be carried out prior to the commencement of any major construction project.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-05/10/content_869287.htm

China keen to promote coal-bed methane mining
May 10
China will support and encourage surveying and mining of coal-bed methane, the Ministry of Land and Resources said on Wednesday. The country has about 36 trillion cubic meters of coal-bed methane, similar to the amount of its natural gas reserves, according to official data. China has more than 20,000 coal mines and generates 15 billion cubic meters of coal-bed methane each year. However, only 15 percent of them are mined every year, sources with the ministry said.
http://english.people.com.cn//200705/10/eng20070510_373334.html

China to reduce railway pollution by 10 pct by 2010
May 10
China will reduce pollution caused by railway by ten percent by 2010, according to a blueprint composed by the Ministry of Railway. According to the 11th five-year railway environmental protection plan, which set goals from 2006 to 2010 and kicks off Wednesday formally, emission of sulfur dioxide in railway sector will be limited to 41,818 tons in 2010.
http://english.people.com.cn//200705/10/eng20070510_373338.html

Sandstorm Hits Xinjiang
May 10
A strong sandstorm with high winds hit the southern part of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Tuesday, affecting local traffic and causing a temporary power blackout in some areas.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=59309

Big polluters face strict monitoring
May 11
Confronted with a growing volume of industrial waste and deteriorating water and air quality, the top environment watchdog is setting up an extensive automated network to conduct real-time monitoring of the countries' most notorious polluters.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-05/11/content_870041.htm

Law revision is necessary
May 11
A revision to the environmental protection law would reduce pollution, says a signed article in the Guangzhou Daily.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-05/11/content_870271.htm

Project to offer green guidelines
May 12
A new environmental research project, aimed at providing policy-makers with guidelines for environmentally friendly development, was launched on Friday in Beijing.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-05/12/content_870968.htm

N China chemical plant blast pollutes water, but causes no toxic gas leak
May 14
The blast occurred on Friday at a chemical workshop in Cangzhou, north China's Hebei Province, has polluted water, but not caused toxic gas leak, according to the environmental watchdogs.
http://english.eastday.com/eastday/englishedition/nation/userobject1ai2828504.html

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Atomic energy has much room to play in China
May 5
The successful commissioning nearly 16 years ago of a 300 MW nuclear reactor in Qinshan, east China's Zhejiang Province marked the birth of the country's nuclear power industry. Development of the technology began actually earlier, dating back to the late 1970s.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-05/05/content_865806.htm

Wen calls for more efforts to cut pollution
May 8
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has urged more curbs on industries that consume more energy and release more pollutants in a bid to ensure a healthy and fast economic growth.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-05/08/content_867261.htm

China Power to spend $4 bln on renewable energy
May 8
China Power International, helmed by the daughter of former Premier Li Peng, plans to spend up to $4 billion by 2010 developing renewable energy as Beijing pushes to clean up its air and water and whittle down its reliance on imported resources.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=59119

Jilin to open first 'clean fuel' plant
May 8
Northeast China's Jilin Province will open its first power plant using biological materials at the end of the year. "With a total investment of 520 million yuan ($67.35 million) and covering 8 hectares, the plant will convert 300,000 tons of stalks into 300 million kilowatts of electric power annually," said Wang Lingfang, chairman of the board of Shandong Luneng Construction Group.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-05/08/content_867210.htm

China Closes Down 3,176 Polluting Companies in 2006
May 8, 2007
China closed down a total of 3,176 polluting enterprises amid a campaign in which 720,000 companies have been checked for their pollution discharges last year, according to the country's top environment watchdog.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=59115

MOST announcement: On acquiring National Assessment Report of Climate Change
May 8
Recently, we are unceasingly inquired about how to acquiring the full text and/or English version of National Assessment Report of Climate change. Herein the announcement on this question is as follows.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=59109

SEPA Blocks 12 Industrial Projects for Lack of Public Support
May 8
Twelve industrial projects are denied environmental protection approvals to operation on grounds that the public have not been invited to assess pollution control measures, China's environment watchdog announced on Thursday.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200705/t20070508_103414.htm

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Beijing's public transport to go greener
April 24
Green vehicles make for blue skies. At least that's the philosophy behind a decision by Beijing transport authorities to replace more than 2,500 aging air-choking buses with new-generation clean people movers before next year's Olympic Games.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-04/24/content_857956.htm

Life will change, scientists warn
April 24
Global warming has caused "26 warm winters" in China since 1986, and by the middle of this century some 1 billion Asians will face water shortage. That is the grim reality of climate change, alarmed scientists said in Beijing yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-04/24/content_857942.htm

China's CNOOC seeking international partners on offshore wind power
April 24
CNOOC is looking for international partners to cooperate on offshore wind power generation projects as the company, China's largest offshore oil producer, looks to broaden its core business base, the firm's president Fu Chengyu said.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=58435

The Fourth Assessment Report of IPCC Working Group II Convene the News Release Conference
April 24
The 8th plenary session of the IPCC Working Group II was held in Brussels from 2 to 4 April 2007 and it approved the Summary for Policy Makers of WG II contribution to IPCC Fourth Assessment Report – Climate Change 2007: Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, which was officially published in 6 April.
http://211.147.16.25/ywwz/englishread.php?recid=47216

BMW woos support for hydrogen
April 24
BMW AG says it is talking with the Chinese government about hydrogen-powered vehicles, trying to win Chinese support to promote hydrogen as a mainstream new energy solution.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-04/24/content_858599.htm

Cyclists have right to lanes of their own
April 28
The Shanghai municipal government's blueprint to build a network of bike lanes by 2020 should be good news for the city's cyclists and environment, but it would certainly be much better if this plan could become a reality far sooner.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-04/28/content_862331.htm

Experts urge China to adopt low-carbon economy
April 25
China should develop a low-carbon economy, as a way to drive economic growth without mitigating the effects of global warming, experts on climate change said at a seminar held in Beijing on Monday and yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-04/25/content_858982.htm

Global warming imperils Himalayan glaciers – experts
April 25
Global warming could wipe out large areas of glaciers in the Himalayas and surrounding highlands, threatening livelihoods across much of Asia, climate scientists said in Beijing on Monday.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=58541

Wen to head top energy-saving team
April 26
China yesterday set up a top team headed by Premier Wen Jiabao in a major effort to fulfil its energy conservation and pollution cutting task. The establishment of the special team was announced at an executive meeting of the State Council yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-04/26/content_860171.htm

China Can Curb Emissions, Grow Economy – Greenpease
April 26
China can beat its own tentative global warming targets and hold carbon dioxide emissions around current levels by giving stronger support to efficiency and renewables, Greenpeace said on Wednesday.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=17583

Community sues environment office
April 26
A community in the city of Liaoyang recently sued the local environment-protection watchdog for failing to take action against a restaurant that has been polluting the local air.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-04/26/content_860192.htm

China to act on pollution, warming gases
April 28
Premier Wen Jiabao pledged Friday to help clean China's air and water and combat global warming by phasing out tax breaks and discounts on land and electricity for highly polluting industries.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/28/content_862900.htm

NDRC urges abolition of preferential policies for high energy consumers
April 28
China's top economic planner on Thursday called for an end to the preferential policies offered by local governments to industries with high energy consumption. The preferential policies should be abolished and those who refuse to cancel the policies should be blacklisted and shamed in the media, said Jia Yinsong, an official with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=58828

Pollution Figures to Be Made Public
April 28
China's environmental departments and polluters will each have to publish information regarding environmental degradation and pollution, according to a draft measure tabled yesterday by the country's environmental watchdog.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=58823

Macro Control to Focus on Energy Saving, Emission Reduction
April 29
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Friday that the current macro-control policy must focus on energy conservation and emission reduction in order to develop the economy while protecting the environment.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200704/t20070429_103301.htm

Media Supervision on Energy Consumption Urged
April 29
China's top legislator on Friday called on the media to increase supervision over energy consumption and pollutant emissions to assist the authorities' efforts to control pollution.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=58917

Climate meeting to discuss costs of emissions cut
April 30
The costs of cutting greenhouse gases and who will pay for doing it are likely to be the key issues at a major UN-backed climate change meeting of scientists and diplomats in the Thai capital this week, participants said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-04/30/content_863914.htm

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New vehicular gasoline standard released
The new standard of "Gasoline for motor vehicles" (GB 17930-2006) was promulgated by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China and Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China on December 6 2006. The key part of the standard in English is available now.
http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/articles-71457_gasoline.doc

Beijing Duststorm Caused by Dried Salt Lakes
April 16
The sandstorms in Beijing are actually "dust storms." The dust is blown to Beijing from dried salt lakes, wasteland, and degraded grassland, said experts from the Institute of Geology under the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (CAGS) on Wednesday when attending an academic seminar.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200704/t20070416_102764.htm

Shanghai follows Beijing in reporting "haze" in weather forecasts
April 17
Shanghai began on Monday to include unhealthy "haze" levels in its daily weather forecasts to warn people about air pollution, two months after the same move was taken by Beijing.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-04/17/content_852474.htm

CCTV Says Blind Eye Turned to Pollution
April 17
Although none of the smelting facilities in a north China town can meet environmental requirements, they have kept up production for years, creating serious pollution and posing a big threat to the health of local residents.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=57934

New program will take climate fight to provinces
April 18
The authorities will introduce an ambitious program to combat climate change at the provincial level, with financial and technological support from the United Nations and Norway.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-04/18/content_852872.htm

Study: Ethanol may cause more smog, deaths
April 18
WASHINGTON - Switching from gasoline to ethanol - touted as a green alternative at the pump - may create dirtier air, causing slightly more smog-related deaths, a new study says.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2007-04/18/content_853761.htm

Security Council tackles climate change
April 18
UNITED NATIONS - During the first UN Security Council debate on climate change, Britain argued that global conflicts are ignited over the issue, while developing nations said the topic didn't belong on the council's agenda.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2007-04/18/content_853706_2.htm

Sandstorm Strikes Qinghai
April 18
Northwest China's Qinghai Province was blanketed in dust as a large-scale sandstorm struck the province on Monday afternoon, according to the provincial meteorological station. In most areas, the sky turned grey and visibility was reduced to less than 100 meters, officials with the station said.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=58036

Over 1M automobiles to be banned during Olympic Games
April 19
More than one million automobiles will be banned from driving in Beijing during the Olympic Games in 2008 to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-04/19/content_854559.htm

Sulfur dioxide discharge affects 450 in SW China
April 19
GUIYANG -- The number of people affected by a sulfur dioxide discharge from a chemical plant in southwest China's Guizhou Province has risen to 450, a local official said on Wednesday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/19/content_854047.htm

More Environmental-friendly Buses to Cut Pollution in Beijing
April 19
Beijing transport authorities are to phase out 2,500 buses which fail to meet emissions standards and buy 2,810 environment-friendly vehicles this year.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200704/t20070419_102899.htm

Suzhou village lit by sunshine
April 19
SHANGHAI: Shushan Village in the Suzhou Hi-tech Park in East China's Jiangsu Province is doing its bit for energy conservation by installing solar-powered street lamps.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-04/19/content_853829.htm

Hurdles drag wind power sector
April 19
China's wind power industry is set to grow, but hurdles need to be cleared if it is to catch up with global players, say analysts.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-04/19/content_854074.htm

IOC Confident of Environment and Traffic by 2008 Games
April 20
International Olympic Committee (IOC) inspectors Thursday cast a vote of confidence in Beijing's capability of tackling challenges like air pollution and traffic congestion during the 2008 Olympic Games.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200704/t20070420_102955.htm

Earth Day theme of climate change a global alert
April 20
Sunday, April 22 marks Earth Day. The theme of this year's Earth Day is climate change, one of the most pressing and complex challenges facing the world.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-04/20/content_854826.htm

Climate change takes toll on Musdao Ice Mountain
April 20
The warming climate has melted the snow cap on Musdao Ice Mountain in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Experts said the warming climate in recent years and the boom in the tourism industry around the mountain had damaged the snow, which has been receding by 50 meters every year.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-04/20/content_854677.htm

Beijing hosted United Nations Asian regional adaptation workshop on adaptation to climate change
April 20
The Department of Science, Technology & Education of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, aided by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, hosted the Asian regional workshop on adaptation to climate change.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=58234

Power demand surges 15 pct in China in first quarter
April 23
China's demand for electricity rose in the first quarter of this year as the economy continued to roar, according to a report from the State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC) on Friday. China consumed 719 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in the first quarter of 2007, up 15 percent year on year, or 3 percentage points, more than the growth a year ago.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=58340

CDM Meth Panel report / CDM AR WG report / CDM SSC WG report
April 23
Please be informed that the CDM Meth Panel report / CDM AR WG report / CDM SSC WG report are available on the UNFCCC CDM website.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=58334

Alternative vehicles showcased in China
April 23
One experimental clean-energy car runs on natural gas. Another uses ethanol distilled from corn. A third has a zero-emissions electric motor powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. These alternative vehicles were created not by a global automaker but by China's small but ambitious car companies, which displayed them Sunday alongside gasoline-powered sedans and sport utility vehicles at the start of the Shanghai Auto Show.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/23/content_856977.htm

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U.S., Chinese researchers collaborate on clean coal
April 5
RICHLAND, Wash. – Scientists from China will meet with their counterparts in the United States next week to advance the science needed to use coal - the No. 1 domestic energy resource for each country - cleanly and more economically.
http://www.pnl.gov/news/release.asp?id=244

Pollution, stress blamed for rising infertility
April 9
Pollution, stress, smoking and multiple abortions are all leading to a rise in infertility in China, which may affect up to one-tenth of Chinese couples, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/09/content_846478.htm

Neglected aircons threat health
April 10
Shanghai-As if the air outdoors weren't bad enough, a new report suggests poorly cleaned central air conditioners pose a serious health risk to millions of office workers in this city.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/10/content_846717.htm

Japan can help China improve environment
April 10
Currently, 60 environmental conservation projects funded by yen loans are under way in China. However, in 2004, before a summit meeting between then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Laos, Koizumi said it was time Japan withdrew the loans. Since then, the Japanese government has decided to stop extending them to China from 2008.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/10/content_846893.htm

Energy plan: Reliance on coal and oil to be eased
April 11
China aims to reduce reliance on coal and oil despite soaring demand for the commodities, the country's top economic planner has revealed in an energy sector plan for the five years up to 2010. In 2010, the targeted ratio of coal in total energy consumption is 66.1 per cent, down from 69.1 percent in 2005; and oil, 20.5 percent, down from 21 percent. The proportion of natural gas, however, will increase from 2.8 percent to 5.3 per cent. The share of nuclear and hydro power as well as other forms of renewable energy will rise from 7.1 percent to 8.1 per cent.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-04/11/content_847714.htm
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/12/content_848969.htm

More regular bans for big polluters
April 11
The State Environmental Protection Administration, or SEPA, plans to ban enterprises and projects that harm the environment on a more regular basis, the China News Service quotes Vice Minister Pan Yue as saying.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200704/t20070411_102650.htm

Beijing continues endeavor for better air quality
April 11
The Beijing Municipality will take new measures to raise the number of days of good air quality to 67 percent and cut down the emission of sulfur dioxide by 10 percent in 2007, according to information from the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-04/11/content_847927.htm

Developing nations act to slow warming – UNEP
April 11
Developing countries are doing almost as much as rich nations to slow global warming, often as a side-effect of curbs on rising energy use, the head of the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Thursday.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=57521

Petrochina issues its first corporate social responsibility report
April 12
PetroChina, China's top oil company, unveiled its first corporate social responsibility (CSR) report yesterday, highlighting energy supply, public welfare, and health, safety and environment (HSE) obligation to employees.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-04/12/content_848917.htm
http://www.petrochina.com.cn/english/xwhgg/englishnews/page151.html

Tibet moves to avoid growth mistakes
April 11
A 9.2-billion yuan ($1.2 billion) effort to prevent and control pollution is underway in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The autonomous region's government launched the decade-long project as a precautionary measure to prevent Tibet from repeating the mistakes that other parts of the country have made in pursuing economic development, particularly waiting to deal with pollution until after the damage to the environment has already been done.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/11/content_848376.htm

China to conduct survey on polluters
April 12, 2007
In a bid to capture the overall picture of how much pollution is emitted, China’s State Council, or the cabinet, has decided to launch the first-ever nationwide survey of all polluters. The survey, scheduled to begin in 2008, is mainly aimed at finding the number, sector and geographical distribution of the polluters in the country, including those in industrial, agricultural and residential areas, according to Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/12/content_848835.htm

West China favors ‘green’ investment
April 12
Officials in northwest China's Shaanxi Province are calling for more "green" investment and urging local governments not to sacrifice the environment on the altar of economic growth.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200704/t20070412_102694.htm

Help needed to prepare for climate change
April 12
As developing countries become more vulnerable to climate change, China yesterday urged developed nations to speed up the transfer of resources in order to mitigate the impact.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/12/content_848734.htm

Energy deals to save resources
April 13
Top Chinese and Japanese officials in charge of energy affairs met yesterday to boost their partnership, with big oil companies from the two sides signing pacts on oil and gas cooperation. Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission Ma Kai discussed in detail the ways to promote energy-saving business with Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Akira Amari.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/13/content_849632.htm

Environmental benefit of Three Gorges Projects
April 16
Compared to the coal-fired power stations with equivalent electricity generation, Three Gorges Power Plant will decrease emission of 100 million tons of CO2, 2 million tons of SO2, 0.37 million tons of nitrogen oxide and a lot of waste water and solid waste. It will bring a great benign influence in improvement of environment, especially preventing acid rain and greenhouse effect in East and Central China.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/16/content_851411.htm

NE China to have its first nuclear power plant
April 16
Construction will begin in September on two concrete bunkers that will house the core of a nuclear power plant near Dalian, a port city in northeast China's Liaoning Province.
http://www.csid.com.cn/NewsInfo.asp?NewsId=57835

Hu vows to fight sands
April 16
President Hu Jintao has urged local officials to make greater efforts to fight desertification and improve the living conditions of impoverished people in areas hit by drought. Hu made the appeals during his inspection tour to Ningxia, a sandy and dry autonomous region in Northwest China, from Wednesday to Saturday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/16/content_850940.htm

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Northern dust brings dirty skies in Shanghai
April 3
Shanghai suffered the worst air quality since 2001 as the effects of sandstorms in China's north moved south Monday. Local conditions were so bad that children and the elderly were cautioned to remain indoors.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200704/t20070403_102403.htm

Operation blitzkrieg against desert storm
April 3
That the central and provincial governments are committed to saving the country's ecology became evident at the conference when governments of 12 provinces and autonomous regions signed agreements with the State Forestry Administration (SFA) to fight desertification.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/03/content_842162.htm

HK moves to improve air quality
April 3
Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department will launch three new measures from Sunday to improve roadside air quality, including complying with Euro IV standard, installing emission-reduction devices, and registration tax cut for "green" cars.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-04/03/content_842556.htm

Beijing records 55 'blue sky' days in first three months
April 3
Beijingers experienced 55 "blue sky" days in the first three months this year, four days more than the same period last year, according to a report released Saturday by the municipal environment watchdog.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-04/03/content_842549.htm

Sandstorm blankets Gansu
April 3
A pedestrian braves a sand storm ravaging Guazhou, a county in Northwest China's Gansu Province April 2, 2007. Students have gone home due to safety concerns.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/03/content_842199.htm (photo)

China Will Not Follow U.S. Energy Consumption Model
April 4
China will not follow the U.S. energy consumption model because energy resources are limited, said Xu Dingming, vice director of the Office of the National Energy Leading Group.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200704/t20070404_102447.htm

Energy rating labels proposed
April 5
The Environmental Protection Department has proposed the introduction of a classification system for refrigerators, air conditioners and low-energy light bulbs in a bid to save energy and cut down on carbon dioxide emissions.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-04/05/content_843738.htm

Polluters draw close scrutiny
April 6, 2007
Six thousand of China's top industrial polluters will get closer scrutiny by the country's top environmental watchdog. Some 3,592 companies have been identified as the worst air polluters, responsible for 65 percent of the sulphur dioxide and other industrial emissions that were spewed out by the 80,000 enterprises.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-04/06/content_844479.htm

China to begin building 2nd West-east gas pipeline
April 6
China National Petroleum Corp.(CNPC) is to start building a second west-east natural gas pipeline next year, the Shanghai Securities News reported on Friday. The new pipeline will run 6,500 kilometers from northwest China's gas-rich Xinjiang to the populous southern province of Guangdong, carrying 30 billion cubic meters of gas a year.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/04/06/[email protected]

China to pursue low cost in western development
April 7
The director of the National Development and Reform Commission, Ma Kai, has stressed the importance of low environmental costs for western development projects. He emphasized local governments attach equal importance to economic growth and environmental protection to avoid excessive development of high energy-consuming and high-polluting industries in the region.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/04/07/[email protected]

Japan, China to cooperate on fighting global warming
April 7
Japan and China will express their political determination to work to solve global warming through international cooperation, the Yomiuri Shimbun reports, citing a Japan-China joint statement to be issued during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit Tokyo next week.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/04/07/[email protected]

Anti-smoking campaign gets under way
April 7
An anti-smoking campaign, "Toward a Smoke-free China", has been launched to get people to give up the habit which could be harmful to health.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-04/07/content_845430.htm

Grim news on global climate change
April 7
Top climate experts warned in Brussels on Friday that the damage caused by global warming will be greater and occur sooner than previously forecast, ranging from hunger in Africa and Asia to mass extinctions and rising ocean levels.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2007-04/07/content_845498.htm

China to take part in post-Kyoto talks: report
April 8
China, one of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases, will take part in negotiations on a framework for limiting global warming after 2012, the Japanese Yomiuri Shimbun said on Saturday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/08/content_845656.htm

Asian largest wind power exhibition in Shanghai
April 8
The Wind Power Shanghai 2007, the largest exhibition of the kind in Asia, will be held in China's eastern municipality of Shanghai from April 10 to 12. The exhibition is aimed at further promoting the utilization of wind power resources in China and attracting foreign investment in the area.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/04/08/[email protected]

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Sino-Dutch renewable energy
March 26
A Sino-Dutch program for promotion for rural renewable energy in West China has benefited at least 2,500 households and helped farmers in 16 demonstration sites increase annual incomes by 25 percent since 2003.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070326_102058.htm

Energy-efficient green buildings urged in construction
March 27
Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan called on Monday for the construction of energy-efficient and green buildings to ensure sustainable development of the building industry.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070327_102092.htm

China provides half of world’s carbon credits
March 27
China has provided half of the world's carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol after developing 279 foreign-invested carbon reduction projects, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced on Monday.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/03/27/[email protected]

Beijing full of confidence 500 days before Olympics
March 27
With the 2008 Olympic Games exactly 500 days away, China's preparations are going smoothly as planned, but challenges still remain over issues such as pollution and traffic congestion.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-03/27/content_837618.htm

China environment watchdog lifts freeze on projects
March 27
China's environmental agency has lifted a freeze on projects by a power company and others in the northern city of Tangshan after local officials moved to strengthen pollution controls.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-03/27/content_837044.htm

China's power plants to cut sulfur dioxide emissions by two thirds
March 28
China plans to cut sulfur dioxide (SO2) discharges from its coal-fired power plants by 62 percent by 2010 in an effort to reduce air pollution.
http://english.people.com.cn/200703/28/eng20070328_361583.html
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-03/28/content_838203.htm

Nation targets coal-burning power plants for cleaner air
March 28
China's coal-burning power plants should be equipped with sulphur scrubbers by 2010 to reduce emissions, a source from the country's top economic planner said The move is expected to cut sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions by 4.9 million tons.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-03/28/content_837884.htm

Province vows clean new industry
March 28
Tough pollution controls will be imposed in South China's Guangdong Province in a raft of measures aimed at making industry clean up its act. The tougher measures include introducing strict upper limits of pollution emissions for each of the province's 21 cities.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-03/28/content_837877.htm

West-east gas pipeline powers over 80 cities
March 28
China's main energy artery, the west-to-east gas pipeline, now supplies gas to more than 80 large and medium-sized cities across 12 provinces, the China News Service reports.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/03/28/[email protected]

China to unveil climate plan next month
March 29
China will unveil its national plan to tackle global warming next month, including concrete measures to cut carbon dioxide emissions, a top climate change official said on Thursday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-03/29/content_839758.htm

Mining fund to guide coal’s future
March 29
North China's Shanxi Province, the heart of the country's coalmining industry, will start collecting money from mines next month to set up the country's first sustainable development fund for the coal industry.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/03/29/[email protected]

Goodbye foggy skies, hello cleaner air
March 29
Due to the frequent fogs that enveloped it, Chongqing had earned the label of "foggy city." However, continuing efforts by the municipality have been successful in cleaning up the skies.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-03/29/content_838882.htm

China to produce liquid fuel from coal in 2008
March 30
China's first coal liquefaction project, which will go into operation in 2008, will be able to produce more than one million tons of oil a year, significantly reducing the country's dependence on oil imports.
http://english.people.com.cn//200703/30/eng20070330_362517.html

Tibet gets the wheels rolling
March 30
A fast-increasing number of vehicles are roaring into the mysterious highland of Tibet, figures of an official report on Tibetan economy shows. According to the Economy and Social Development Report of Tibet 2006 released by the Tibetan branch of China's National Statistics Bureau, the autonomous region had 143,900 civil vehicles by the end of 2006, a jump of 35.2 percent from a year earlier, Xinhua reported Thursday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-03/30/content_840579.htm

Heed global warming on sinking Shanghai
March 30
Shanghai's skyline may look futuristic, but that future is now shadowed by recent comments that the city could be inundated by ocean water by 2050.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-03/30/content_839880.htm

Hong Kong may face legal challenge over dirty skies
March 30
The Hong Kong government may face its first legal battle over worsening air pollution after a green group asked for a review of its air quality laws on Thursday, arguing clean-up efforts were inadequate.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=16981

Installed capacity of wind power expected to top 5m kw next year
March 31
China's wind-generated electricity capacity is likely to top five million kilowatts next year ahead of the national development plan, two years sooner than expected.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-03/31/content_840923.htm

China calls for nationwide environmental protection
April 1
China has called for the public to fully participate in environmental protection activities at the opening of a tree-planting event. Pan Yue said citizens should fully exert their rights to learn, participate, and express themselves, to fully get involved in all kinds of public environmental protection activities. "
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/04/01/[email protected]

Beijing: new projects required to pass energy-saving assessment
April 2, 2007
Starting from April 1st, new building projects in Beijing are required to pass an energy saving assessment and approval.
http://english.cri.cn/4026/2007/04/02/[email protected]

North China brace for sandstorms
April 2, 2007
Many parts of northern and northwestern China were bracing for two more days of sandstorms as senior leaders, including President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, joined 2 million people to plant saplings in Beijing yesterday to combat the change in climate. The CMA has forecast that 11 to 15 sandstorms are likely to hit North and Northwest China this spring.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-04/02/content_841162.htm

"Green China Day" launched to protect environment
April 2, 2007
More than 10,000 people in eight Chinese cities celebrated the launching of the country's first "Green China Day" by planting 5,000 trees on Sunday in respective cities.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200704/t20070402_102297.htm

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New bid to ban smoking in public
March 17
Thirty national legislators have proposed a ban on smoking in public, but concede imposing such a rule would be hard habit to crack in China, which has an estimated 350 million smokers. In a motion before the National People's Congress the legislators claimed as many as 600 million Chinese people are exposed to passive smoke, putting them at risk of getting lung cancer.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-03/17/content_830111.htm

China mulls tougher taxes on resource exploitation
March 20
China will study ways to impose tougher tax measures for resource exploitation to curb excessive consumption, Ma Kai, China's top economic planner, said on Monday. In the next five years, the government will speed up tax reforms in this area, which will be an important tool to promote resource efficiency, he said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-03/20/content_832075.htm

Chongqing cuts hazy days in clean-air efforts
March 21
Authorities in the southwest China municipality of Chongqing are claiming progress in the battle against its infamous smog after a long campaign for cleaner air. The annual number of hazy days has been cut to an average of 51 in the last four years, down from 110 previously, officials claim.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=16734#

Transport chiefs to get taste of their own policies
March 22
High-ranking public transport officials from the Shanghai Municipal Government have been told to take the bus or Metro to work every 22nd day of the month. The move will help reduce vehicle emissions and let officials experience crowded city transport at first hand, the Shanghai Urban Transport Management Bureau said on Wednesday.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070322_101958.htm

Local sources contributed most to pollution
March 22
A recent report compiled jointly by the University of Science and Technology and Civic Exchange claims that pollution from local sources in Hong Kong was responsible for poor air quality in the territory for 53% of last year, while pollution from the wider Pearl River Delta in mainland China only accounted for 36% of the year.
http://www.csr-asia.com/index.php?p=9408
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=16794

Green GDP shown the red signal
March 23
Green GDP accounting - which takes into account the impact of environmental degradation on the economy - has hit a snag, a source with the environmental watchdog said. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has asked the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) not to release the latest results of Green GDP to the public and keep them only as a reference for policymakers, said the source.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-03/23/content_835023.htm

Beijing reins-in noxious auto exhausts
March 23
Six departments in the Beijing municipal government have jointly launched a half-year campaign to curb particularly harmful auto exhausts, especially those of big trucks. The Beijing Times reports that three surveillance vehicles installed with a laser active remote sensing system started working on Thursday to monitor their emissions. And seven more will be added by the end of the year.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/03/23/[email protected]

China digs into coalbed methane
March 23,
In order to meet the rising demand for energy, China has quickened its pace in developing coalbed methane (CBM), a clean fuel.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-03/23/content_834743.htm

Changes to energy conservation law by year end
March 23
The country's top legislature is expected to complete its amendment to the Energy Conservation Law by the end of the year, in a bid to create an energy-saving society, a top official said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-03/23/content_834506.htm

Access to all is overriding goal
March 23
Unlike the five rings of the Olympic insignia, the five Ring Roads of Beijing are associated with slowness and congestion rather than record-breaking feats of endurance. People who use the city's subway system complain of long walks to their nearest station, if there is one, and residents using public buses face heavy tailbacks. But moves are under way to correct this, with a new phase of municipal planning targeting the city's public transit system.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-03/23/content_835407.htm

Leave your car at home
March 24
Shanghai has formally decided that September 22 will become its annual car free day. Through the move, the city aims to encourage people to use public transport to reduce pressure and protect the environment.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-03/24/content_835615.htm

7% Beijing Children suffer lead poisoning
March 25
Almost 7 percent of children under 6 years old in Beijing have excessive levels of lead in their blood, according to a 3 year study conducted by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization. Children are at a greater risk of suffering from lead poisoning if they live in an area with a lot of traffic, if their families smoke or if their homes have recently been renovated.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/03/25/[email protected]

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Air pollution increases hospital admissions for COPD patients in HK
March, 6
Air pollution increases hospital admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, said a study result made public Tuesday by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
http://english.people.com.cn/200703/06/eng20070306_354872.html

Beijing plans China IV emission standard in 2008
March, 9
Starting in 2008, new vehicles on sale in the Beijing market must meet the China IV emission standard, according to Ji Lin, vice-mayor of the capital city. The Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau also confirmed the implementation of the China IV emission standard ahead of schedule.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-03/09/content_823838.htm

China pushes alternate-fuel vehicles
March, 9
China plans to promote vehicles that run on alternate fuels, according to draft regulations announced last week. The Xinhua news agency reported last Wednesday that the National Development and Reform Commission published on its Web site a draft regulation on "managing the production of alternative energy vehicles and called for suggestions and comments."
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=16585

Expats steer clear of Hong Kong air
March, 12
Pollution is chasing professionals out of Hong Kong and could undermine the financial centre’s prospects, according to the editor of the Financial Times Asia edition. Many of Hong Kong’s financial heavyweights have begun to look elsewhere for better places to work and raise children. Forty-four per cent of executives said expatriate employees were leaving Hong Kong companies because of air pollution.
http://www.theage.com.au/news/business/expats-steer-clear-of-hong-kong-air/2007/03/11/1173548021501.html

China Jinzhou Oil Refinery Plans Low Sulphur Upgrade
China's Jinzhou refinery will invest up to 1.3 billion yuan (US$167.9 million) in an expansion plan including equipment to produce lower-sulphur diesel and gasoline by mid-2009, the plant's head said on Friday.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=16581

Promise of clean air during Olympics
March, 13
Bai Keming, Party secretary of Hebei Province, has promised that every effort will be made to keep the areas surrounding Beijing pollution-free during next year's Olympics.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-03/13/content_825994.htm

Tax Support for Conservation Urged
March, 14
Water usage should be taxed, and the tax structure for oil, natural gas and coal be reformed to favor conservation, lawmakers said.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070314_101608.htm

Political Advisor Expects Power Industry to Save Energy, Curb Pollution
March, 15
China's electricity industry should adjust its structure which relies heavily on lavish coal consumption and causes heavy pollution, a political advisor said Wednesday.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070315_101636.htm

Central government seeks strengthened authority to improve efficiency
March, 15
Perhaps the most unpleasant alert that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao heard from the country's political advisors at their annual full session this year was a popular witty doggerel: "Hoodwinking starts from villages, then the lies are copied by township officials without changes, which roll all the way from county officials to the State Council, whose orders are heralded word for word in an inverted pyramid of rank, but only end in receptions that make messengers drunk."
http://english.people.com.cn/200703/14/eng20070314_357604.html

'Sandstorms a fact of nature'
March, 15
Spring sandstorms are inevitable, so people should accept the law of nature and not worry so much. So said China's top meteorologist in order to correct what he considers public misunderstanding of the annual phenomenon.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-03/15/content_827942.htm

China Committed to Curbing Global Warming
March, 15
China is making a serious effort to protect the global environment, regardless of its status as a developing country, according to the country's top weather official.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070315_101634.htm

Air pollution monitoring network to be set up
March, 16
A larger comprehensive air pollution monitoring network is expected to be set up in the Pearl River Delta region within five years. The plan awaits the approval of a key national technology project meant for regional air protection in the southern province of Guangdong early this year.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hkedition/2007-03/16/content_828993.htm

China sure to meet energy saving targets by '10
March, 16
China will definitely achieve its energy saving and emission reduction targets in the 2006 to 2010 period despite failing to meet last year's target, according to Xie Zhenhua, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-03/16/content_829810.htm

Sulfur 'umbrella' to save world against warming
March, 19
Crazy-sounding ideas for saving the planet are getting a serious look from top scientists, a sign of their fears about global warming and the desire for an insurance policy in case things get worse. There's the man-made volcano that shoots gigatons of sulfur high into the air. The space "sun shade" made of trillions of little reflectors between Earth and sun, slightly lowering the planet's temperature.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-03/19/content_830550.htm

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China to consider draft energy law this year
March 5
A draft of China's first energy law is likely to be submitted to senior officials later this year, following international consultation on its contents, an official Chinese newspaper reported on Saturday.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=16319

China plans pilot pollution emission trading scheme
March 5
China hopes to launch this year a pilot trading scheme for polluting emissions, covering the power industry and a prosperous east coast region, the Finance Ministry will say on Monday in a report to parliament.

Premier: energy saving, pollution control targets must be met
March 5
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao vowed Monday at the legislature that the government will meet the energy saving and pollution control targets between 2006 and 2010 despite last year's setback. Wen pointed out in the report that China will not approve any new projects that fail to pass the government's energy saving and environmental impact assessment, and will close down any businesses that fail to comply with the energy saving and pollution control standards. He also said the government plans to shut down small coal-fired power plants with total electricity generating capacity of 50 million kilowatts between 2006 and 2010 and shut down outdated production facilities in steel, cement, electrolytic aluminum, ferrous alloy, coke and calcium carbide industries.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070305_101305.htm

China to reorganize mineral resources development
March 5
China plans to reorganize the development of 171 minerals by the end of 2008 in a bid to improve resource efficiency and reduce mining accidents and pollutant discharges, said sources with the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR). The reorganization will reduce mining rights by 20 percent, and increase resource efficiency by 10 percent, according to MLR estimates. Other key targets are a 10 percent reduction in mining accidents and a 15 percent reduction in pollutant discharges.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/03/05/[email protected]

New Shougang Plant Promises Less Pollution: Board Chairman
March 6
The new plant of China's steel giant, the Shougang Group, will meet international standards in terms of energy consumption and clean production. Zhu Jimin added the factory will control the pollutant emissions of its industrial kilns under 30 milligrams per cubic meter, less than one third the current national standard.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070306_101332.htm

China vows to take due responsibility to curb global warming
March 7
China will earnestly fulfill its commitment to the international community to curb global warming as the country is seeking sustainable development, said Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing in Beijing Tuesday.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070307_101372.htm

China building blitz holds key to energy saving
March 7
Facing the biggest mass urbanization in human history, China must slow the pace of new building and persuade its increasingly well-off urbanites to live in smaller houses if policymakers hope to meet efficiency targets, analysts say. Around half the world's new buildings go up in China each year, and the construction and use of the country's houses, offices and malls accounts for around 40 percent of its energy use, said sustainable engineering expert Robert Watson.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-03/07/content_822079.htm

China bans new coal-based power generators with capacity below 300,000 kw
March 7
The Chinese government will veto plans for new coal power generators with a capacity below 300,000 kilowatts, which are built solely for the purpose of power generation, reported the Shanghai Securities News on Tuesday. A report on the new policy announced by Chen Deming, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, said that new power generators should be equipped with facilities to desulfurize emissions and to reduce soot emissions.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070307_101389.htm

Laws tighten screws on polluters
March 8
China will draft and amend a series of laws to further protect the environment from rapid economic growth. The draft circular economy laws promote sustainable development through a tightened legal framework, and would be submitted to the Standing Committee of NPC for review in August.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070308_101436.htm

China to promote "green" autos
March 8
The Chinese government will frame regulations on the production of autos fuelled by alternative energies to encourage research and produce of environmentally-friendly "green" vehicles. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) published on its website on Wednesday a draft regulation on managing the production of alternative energy vehicles and called for suggestions and comments. The term alternative energy vehicles refer to hybrid-electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles (including vehicles on solar energy), fuel cell electric vehicles, etc.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070308_101434.htm

Environmental law set for update
March 8
Though it is not on the NPC Standing Committee's review list this year, legislators will continue to revise the Environmental Protection Law, the cornerstone of China's legal effort to protect the environment, a key environment official said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-03/08/content_822379.htm

Ethanol projects to be piloted
March 8
China will this year invest more in biomass ethanol projects over maize-based ones because of a lack of grain. "We are researching all kinds of biomass energy options, and others include sorghum ethanol and cole diesel oil projects," Yang Xiongnian, deputy director of science and technology, education and rural environment department of the ministry told China Daily. "But establishing new maize ethanol projects should be temporarily stopped."
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-03/08/content_823867.htm

China’s fuel tax in sight
March 8
China's long-awaited fuel tax reform is expected to start in 2008. Beijing Morning Post reports an official from the State Administration of Taxation said the series of administrative fees that have been levied on the transport industry for years will be annulled after the new fuel tax is launched.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/03/08/[email protected]

Researchers: Polluted air causes less rainfall
March 9
Now scientists have found another answer: polluted air causes less rainfall in mountainous areas. It is the first time scientists have observed direct evidence of the relationship between increasing pollution and decreasing precipitation, according to Israeli scientist Daniel Rosenfeld, the lead author of a research report published in yesterday's issue of US-journal Science.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-03/09/content_823159.htm

Guangdong reaches pollution control target
March 9
Latest statistics from the State Environmental Protection Administration of China (SEPA) indicate that index for the discharge of sulfur dioxide and chemical oxygen demand (COD), the two major pollutants, in Guangdong Province have reduced by 2.1 percent and 0.9 percent in 2006 compared with those in 2005.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070309_101485.htm

Ningxia: Asia’s largest coal chemical base
March 9
Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region plans to invest more than 100 billion yuan (12.9 billion U.S. dollars) to build Asia's largest liquefied-coal base, according to the regional development and reform commission.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-03/09/content_823942.htm

Hangzhou to adopt China III standard for new vehicles
March 9
East China's Hangzhou City will implement the China III emission standard for all motor vehicles in use in the city starting from July 1, 2007, and new vehicles are requested to meet the China III standard.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-03/09/content_823844.htm

Sandstorm hit Hohhot
March 9
A sandstorm hits Hohhot, North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Thursday March 9, 2006. Sandstorms frequent the northern part of China in the spring. [photos]
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2006-03/10/content_530498.htm

Beijing to host smoke-free Olympics
March 9
Smoking will be banned at the main sports venues during the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and special smoking zones will be set aside for smokers in certain venues, Beijing's vice-mayor, Liu Jianmin, said Sunday.
http://english.cri.cn/2886/2007/03/12/[email protected]

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Country sets renewable energy target
Feb.27
China has set a target of increasing renewable energy use from the present 10 percent to 20 percent of the total energy consumption by 2020 to meet the increasing demand and reduce the greenhouse effect.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200702/t20070227_101106.htm

SEPA: Pollution control requires accountability
Feb.27
A senior environmental official on Monday urged China's legislature to amend its 17-year-old environmental law in order to hold government officials accountable for pollution.
http://test.china.org.cn/english/environment/200832.htm
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-03/02/content_817441.htm

Big polluter closed down for Green Olympics
Feb. 28
Beijing has closed down a coal gas plant, a major polluter, located in the southeast suburb to honor the "Green Olympics" commitment, according to Zhang Xiwen, head of the Beijing Coking and Chemistry Plant, during a Tuesday media tour.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2007-02/28/content_816961.htm

China’s NPC to focus on missed environment aims
Feb. 28
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is likely to give priority to meeting energy saving targets at the annual session of the people's congress which opens next week, after the country failed to meet last year's goals.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-02/28/content_816148.htm

Hong Kong to host global conference on climate change
Feb.28
An international conference on climate change will be held in Hong Kong from May 29 to 31, an event that is expected to bring together experts and government officials from 26 countries and regions.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200702/t20070228_101156.htm

Per unit GDP energy consumption down 1.23% in 2006
March, 1
China's per unit GDP energy consumption fell 1.23 percent in 2006, missing the projected target, official figures released Wednesday show.
http://test.china.org.cn/english/environment/201178.htm

Sandstorm hits NW China
March, 2
Chinese children play in dust storm on a street in Shaya County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, February 28, 2007. The dust storm hit Shaya County two weeks earlier than last year due to the warm winter. (Photos)
http://test.china.org.cn/english/environment/201256.htm

Global warming takes toll on nation
March, 2
Global warming has caused China to experience its second warmest winter in 50 years. It has also caused sandstorms, heavy fog and severe drought.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2007-03/02/content_817251.htm

SEPA to launch 3 more watchdogs
March, 2
The State Environmental Protection Administration said it will stand firm in combating government-backed violations that have prevented protection and preservation efforts in recent years.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-03/02/content_817782.htm

11 to 15 sandstorms expected in China this spring
March, 2
Eleven to 15 sandstorms are expected in northern and northwestern China this spring, less than the seasonal average of 19.2, says the China Meteorological Administration (CMA).
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200703/t20070302_101269.htm

Sessions focus on harmony, pollution
March, 3
China on Saturday begins its annual parliamentary session with the widening income divide and environmental degradation topping the agenda of the world’s most populous country and also the major booming economy.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-03/03/content_818905.htm

Pollution problem gets systematic help
March, 3
China will set up statistics, monitoring and accountability systems to cut emissions this year, its top environmental watchdog said in Beijing on Thursday. The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) will allocate 2 billion yuan ($250 million) from the central budget to establish a statistics, monitoring and tracking system in an effort to cut emissions, according to SEPA Minister Zhou Shengxian.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-03/03/content_818587.htm

International input for energy law
March, 3
International input by leading experts will be considered in the drafting of China's first energy law, industry executives told China Daily on Friday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-03/03/content_818687.htm

Local gov’t put atop energy saving, pollution reduction
March, 4
China’s local governments say they are determined to reach 2007 energy saving and pollution reduction goals, after the country dipped out on lat year’s targets.
http://test.china.org.cn/english/2007lh/201468.htm

New ministry to control energy use suggested
March, 4
Following China's failure to achieve its annual energy consumption control goals, the country's lawmakers are urging the government to set up a new ministry to ensure the efficient and sustainable use of energy resources.
http://test.china.org.cn/english/2007lh/201456.htm

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The Buses under New Technology have Stopped Emitting Black-Smog
Feb.12
The newly developed "Hybrid Buses with Liquid Pressure" were used in Shanghai and no more black-smog emitted into the atmosphere.
http://www.vecc-sepa.org.cn/eng/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=16087

SEPA Convened Meeting to Analyze Current Situation of Pollution Control in China
Feb.13
The government pledged to do a better job on pollution control after admitting yesterday that the country failed to meet emission reduction targets last year. "We are optimistic that we can meet the target by taking a series of concrete measures," Zhou Shengxian, minister of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), told a high-level conference mapping out green efforts in Beijing.
http://english.sepa.gov.cn/zwxx/hjyw/200702/t20070213_100833.htm

ADB Supports Natural Gas Distribution in China
Feb.13
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), along with 12 commercial banks, will provide China Gas Group with 150 million U.S. dollars to finance the country's new natural gas distribution projects, said ADB's Beijing office on Tuesday. The ADB said the project was in line with China's policy to encourage the private sector to participate in the natural gas distribution sector and would help protect the environment by promoting the use of natural gas and reducing pollution.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/02/13/[email protected]

A Dozen Construction Projects Fall Before SEPA
Feb.14
China's top environmental watchdog yesterday permanently halted a dozen construction projects that had repeatedly failed to live up to environment-protection standards. The 12 projects, representing investment of about 2 billion yuan (US$250 million), were scattered around the country. All of the projects involved heavy-polluting and energy-consuming facilities, such as iron and steel, metallurgy, refineries and coking.
http://test.china.org.cn/english/environment/200025.htm

'More money needed' to keep Beijing environment clean
Feb.14
Beijing still has an expenditure gap to keep its environment clean, according to its green gross domestic product (GDP) report. The economic damage caused by pollution in Beijing that year was about 11.7 billion yuan ($1.4 billion). Air pollution caused the greatest damage, resulting in an economic loss of 9.5 billion yuan ($1.1billion).
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-02/14/content_808887.htm

S. African Researchers Help China Produce Oil from Coal
Feb.14
South African scientists are helping China to produce oil from coal with a new generation of Fischer Tropsch processing technology, the University of the Witwatersrand said on Tuesday. As the funder of the project, Wei Wang, managing director of Golden Nest International (Group), told Xinhua that the pilot plant will be assembled in China between March and May. It plans to build a commercial plant with an annual capacity of 480,000 tons of oil when the pilot plant turns out good testing data.
http://english.cri.cn/2946/2007/02/14/[email protected]

China to Build First Inland Nuclear Power Plant
Feb.15
China has planned to build its first nuclear power plant in the inland areas in central China's Hunan Province
http://english.cri.cn/3130/2007/02/15/[email protected]

Low levels of air pollution can raise stroke risk
Feb.16
Low environmental levels of fine and ultrafine particulate matter, as well as carbon dioxide, increase the risk of stroke, but the heightened risk occurs only during warm weather months, Finnish researchers report.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/lifestyle/2007-02/16/content_811295.htm

Nuclear group gets renewable energy nod
Feb.16
China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group Co has received approval to begin development of two renewable energy projects, one in Gansu and another in Sichuan Province.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-02/16/content_811052.htm

National plan targets climate change
Feb.16
Having been a major victim of climate change, China is formulating plans to cope with the problem. The country is working on its first national program to mitigate and adapt to climate change, according to a high-ranking environmental official.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-02/16/content_810675.htm

Shanghai renovates crowded roads to ease congestion
Feb.16
Shanghai has renovated 89 crowded stretches, bottlenecked areas and crossroads to ease the traffic congestion.
http://english.eastday.com/eastday/englishedition/metro/userobject1ai2635142.html

New group advocates fund for renewable power units
Feb.17
A new Chinese industry group is considering a 10 billion yuan (US$1.28 billion) fund to support the development of the country's small and medium-sized renewable energy companies.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-01/17/content_785584.htm

China plans to shut smaller, dirty, power plants
Feb.19
The State Council, China's parliament, recently endorsed a plan to accelerate closure of the nation's smaller coal-fired power plants. The plan, developed by the nation's top two energy policymaking bodies - the Office of the National Energy Leading Group and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) - sets forth concrete targets for decommissioning older and smaller plants.
http://www.peopleandplanet.net/doc.php?id=2952

China mulls new measures in environmental protection
Feb.20
The government will employ new measures to step up environmental protection this year, including the trade of pollutant discharge rights and raising taxes for pollutant discharge, according to sources with the Ministry of Finance.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-02/20/content_812088.htm

More methane pits to be built in rural areas
Feb.22
This year the Chinese government will fund 2.6 million more rural households to build methane pits, which provide clean energy and protect local environment, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-02/22/content_812308.htm

Meteorologist: festival firecrackers did not cause Beijing mist
Feb.23
Firecrackers during the Chinese New Year may have affected the weather but were not the cause of Wednesday's thick fog in Beijing, said Director of the Beijing Meteorological Observatory Guo Hu yesterday.
http://english.eastday.com/eastday/englishedition/nation/userobject1ai2641762.html

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