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Brown Clouds Melt Glaciers, Darken Cities Across Asia

Brown Clouds Melt Glaciers, Darken Cities Across Asia

BEIJING, China, November 13, 2008 (ENS) – A brown cloud of pollution caused by human activities, three kilometers thick and stretching from the Arabian Peninsula across Asia to the western Pacific Ocean, is darkening cities, speeding the melting of Himalayan glaciers and affecting human health, finds a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme.…

Eating Wildlife Again Popular in China

Eating Wildlife Again Popular in China

BEIJING, China, November 13, 2008 (ENS) – China’s consumption of wildlife for food and medicine is rising, while China’s traditional medicine trade also is rapidly growing, finds a review of wildlife trade in China in 2007, released today by Traffic, the international wildlife trade monitoring network. Chinese traditional medicine is growing at any annual rate…

Beijing Olympics Open But Air Does Not Clear

Beijing Olympics Open But Air Does Not Clear

BEIJING, China, August 8, 2008 (ENS) – Inside the Bird’s Nest, today’s opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympic Games was brilliant, but outside the air quality was not. Despite years of effort by the Chinese government to eliminate sources of air pollution, and the statements of public officials to the contrary – a pall of…

China Determined to Stage Blue Sky Olympics

China Determined to Stage Blue Sky Olympics

BEIJING, China, July 31, 2008 (ENS) – With just eight days to go until the opening of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, pollution levels in the smoggy city dropped Wednesday to less than half of what they were the day before. This is the lowest reading since authorities began pulling cars off the…

IOC: Beijing Air Quality Could Put Athletes at Risk

IOC: Beijing Air Quality Could Put Athletes at Risk

BEIJING, China, March 18, 2008 (ENS) – World record marathoner Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia has announced that he will not participate in the marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Gebrselassie, who suffers from exercise-related asthma, has expressed fears that the air pollution in the Chinese capital will threaten his health. A new assessment of…

China and Australia to Install Clean Coal Plant in Beijing

China and Australia to Install Clean Coal Plant in Beijing

BEIJING, China, March 8, 2008 (ENS) – Two coal producing nations – Australia and China – signed a formal agreement for research and testing of clean coal technology Thursday in Beijing. The agreement, between the Australian government research organization CSIRO and China’s Thermal Power Research Institute, TPRI, will see TPRI install, commission and operate a…

Heavy Snows Damage One-Tenth of China's Forests

Heavy Snows Damage One-Tenth of China's Forests

BEIJING, China, February 19, 2008 (ENS) – The worst winter in 50 years has cost China’s forestry sector 57.3 billion yuan (about US$8 billion) and could affect China’s forests for the next three to five years, the State Forestry Administration said in a news conference here today. SFA Deputy Director Zhu Lieke said the heavy…

China Bans Free Plastic Bags

China Bans Free Plastic Bags

BEIJING, China, January 10, 2008 (ENS) – The government of China has ordered a ban on the production, sale and use of ultra-thin bags as of June 1. Supermarkets and shops will be banned from giving free plastic bags to customers as of that date, but they can sell the plastic bags. In a circular…

China to Begin First National Pollution Survey in February

China to Begin First National Pollution Survey in February

BEIJING, China, January 4, 2008 (ENS) – The first nationwide census of pollution sources will start next month, the head of the State Environmental Protection Administration, SEPA, said at a meeting here Friday. The survey will identify sources of industrial, agricultural and residential pollution and also calculate the number of environmental remediation facilities in operation,…