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The Trump administration said Thursday that it would impose high tariffs on some $50 billion of Chinese goods each year. ... Cheniere Energy has long eyed China as a growth market as the country works to address an air pollution crisis by transitioning from coal power to cleaner-burning natural gas.
It promises drastic consolidation and redistribution of both power and resources among ministries and departments so the Chinese government can meet the challenges of the day. The newly established Ministry of Natural Resources and Ministry of Ecological Environment, for example, will have enhanced ...

Four years later, the Chinese government seems to be making progress, showing significant reductions in air pollution across the country and particularly in its most populated areas, including Beijing and Shanghai. "The data is in — China is winning its war against pollution," said Michael Greenstone, ...
“The data is in—China is winning its war against pollution,” says Michael Greenstone, professor of economics and director of the Energy Policy Institute (EPIC) at the University of Chicago. “By winning this war, China is due to see dramatic improvements in the overall health of its people, including longer ...
BEIJING – China will set more stringent targets for improving the nation's air quality under a new three-year plan, as Beijing prepares to beef up a nationwide crackdown on polluters in its campaign to clear its notoriously toxic skies. The new targets for concentrations of small, breathable particles known as ...
As China marks its four-year anniversary of declaring "war against pollution," a new analysis using data from more than 200 government monitors ... relied heavily on requiring specific actions as opposed to more efficient market-based mechanisms, has imposed its share of costs on the Chinese economy.

China's economy appears to have jumped out of the blocks in 2018 with industrial production rebounding after the easing of pollution controls imposed ... Capital Economics' Julian Evans-Pritchard said while he remained cautious given the data had similar flaws to Chinese GDP calculations, the overall ...
A group of leading medical experts is losing no time in researching the effect of air pollution on health in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. The findings ... More than 100 experts from China's leading medical institutes-including the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for ...
Based out of the Chinese-NGO, Global Environmental Institute, Dr. Peng Kui started one of China's first “citizen science” initiatives, training local herders in Qinghai in the Sanjiangyuan region to collect important data about how one of China's most ecologically fragile regions is responding to climate ...
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital Beijing has issued an orange alert for pollution, the second-highest on China's four-level system, effective from March 12. Heavy pollution is expected to last from March 11 through March 14 in the smog-prone city, the Beijing Municipal Environment Protection Bureau ...
“Development with high emissions and pollution affects not only the long-term economic development, but also people's health. That is not the development we want,” Wang Guoqing, spokesperson for the first session of 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, ...
The technology used in the project has excited Chinese researchers who are looking for solutions to the challenge of heavy pollution in Chinese cities. Early results are yet to be published but Cao Junji, a chemist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Key Laboratory of Aerosol Chemistry and Physics in ...
The technology has excited and intrigued researchers — especially in China, where air pollution is a daily challenge. Early results, which are yet to be published, are promising, says the project's leader Cao Junji, a chemist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Key Laboratory of Aerosol Chemistry and ...
BEIJING – Disruption to the textile and chemical supply chain in China will reportedly subside this month as the clean air, anti-pollution campaign comes to an end. After the campaign began in September 2017, it aimed to reduce air pollution in 28 Chinese cities by reducing the use of coal and replacing it ...
China's top legislative body will draft the country's first soil pollution law this year, as part of its efforts to protect the environment and address food safety concerns. Mr Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the National People's Congress (NPC), said at a press conference yesterday that the Chinese government will ...
Mr. Li said the Chinese government would build on its success over the last couple of years in reducing the smog that has long choked cities, especially in the industrial north. “We will consolidate the gains made in the fight to defend our blue skies,” Mr. Li said. Pollution in Beijing and in 27 other nearby ...
BEIJING - China's top legislative body will draft the country's first law to fight soil pollution this year, part of efforts to protect the environment and address food safety concerns arising from soil pollution. The world's top polluter already has laws to control and prevent air and water pollution. Mr Zhang Yesui ...

Caustic soda cargoes were said to be hard to come by everywhere because many Chinese chlor-alkali plants were shut down. ... To date, the environmental campaign has been mainly focused on China's richer provinces, where public pressure against pollution is the greatest. The campaign may now ...
This means that not too far down the line, over a quarter of all China will be forested. In addition to their size, the most important aspect of the current military tree-planting campaign is the strategic location in Hebei province near the Chinese capital of Beijing. Densely populated and highly polluted, ...
Beijing enjoyed a record 226 days of “good” air quality last year and endured 23 heavily polluted days, compared with 58 in 2013, state media announced last month. The South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper, greeted the recovery with the incredulous headline: “How did Beijing become one ...
While it's reassuring to see China take its air pollution issues so seriously, it's unlikely that additional trees will solve the problem. China's forest coverage is already at 21 percent, and the country still has a significant amount of smog. While an additional two percent of forest will certainly help, it probably ...
In 2014, China's premier Li Keqiang declared war on air pollution. With many cities routinely experiencing an “airpocalypse,” it was long overdue. At one point in 2013, a children's hospital in Beijing was treating 7,000-plus patients a day for respiratory ailments. Researchers found that people's lifespans ...
China has a pretty severe pollution problem, with smog in some parts of the country so bad that it can discolor buildings and even blot out the sun. According to some estimates, high levels of air pollution in China's cities cause up to 350,000 to 400,000 premature deaths each year. But a new project in Xi'an ...
The ministry will also take charge of protecting water resources from pollution, another important issue in China. ... resource protection, “but not just because the enlarged ministries consolidate and streamline formerly scattered regulatory authorities,” said Yanmei Xie, a researcher on Chinese policymaking ...
On March 4, 2014, the Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, told almost 3,000 delegates at the National People's Congress and many more watching live on state television, “We will resolutely declare war against pollution as we declared war against poverty.” The statement broke from the country's longstanding ...
China's anti-pollution war uses 60,000+ soldiers, artillery, and planes for tree planting and rain making ... The Xi'an smog tower project was launched in 2015 as a trial version of a much larger system the research team hopes will be implemented in other Chinese cities in the near future. It barely requires ...
Anti-Pollution Activist Held Over Chinese New Year in China's Jiangsu. 2018-02- ... Ji Shulong had planned to be reunited with husband Hao Zhiquan on Wednesday after his release from more than a month's police detention for pursuing a complaint against local ruling Chinese Communist Party officials.
While it's reassuring to see China take its air pollution issues so seriously, it's unlikely that additional trees will solve the problem. China's forest coverage is already at 21 percent, and the country still has a significant amount of smog. While an additional two percent of forest will certainly help, it probably ...
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- California Governor Jerry Brown said Saturday that he is looking forward to cooperating with China on climate change and pollution reduction. Brown, who was attending a reception hosted by Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco to mark the upcoming Chinese ...
China has long faced skepticism over its pledges to wage a “war on pollution” and end its unrestrained burning of coal. ... What has happened here in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi, the country's largest coal-producing region, and in other regions shows how far the government has gone in ...
The improvements mean the capital's average air quality ranks eighth among all cities in China. Beijing entered the top 10 rankings for the first time in December. Other major pollutants also saw significant falls in Beijing last month, according to the bureau. Levels of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and ...
It lays out which government offices will be responsible for the protection of human health from pollution and sets in motion a national investigation to assess the extent of the problem in China. Though the document is still billed “for trial use”, it is the first attempt by Chinese government agencies to address ...
It found that concentrations of PM 2.5—the smallest polluting particles, which pose the greatest health risks—were 54% lower in the Chinese capital during the fourth quarter of 2017 than during the same period of 2016. Concentrations of PM 2.5 in 26 cities across northern China, the province-sized ...
China's Environment Ministry has reported that fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution “plummeted” in 2017, following steps to target emission in some of the most ... Tackling pollution has been listed as one of “three tough battles” that Chinese authorities are seeking to win, reports have suggested.
METALS-Shanghai aluminium prices climb on China GDP, pollution alert ... Heavy pollution in the Zhengzhou is expected to last until Jan. ... MONGOLIA: The Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia's southern Gobi Desert declared force majeure after protests by Chinese coal haulers disrupted deliveries ...
Air pollution has become a growing issue for China over the years; the country was forced to issue a red alert warning in January 2017 regarding toxic smog. Scientists have ... Researchers at the Institute of Earth Environment at the Chinese Academy of Sciences are still testing the tower's efficacy. But they ...
... Space Organization, and former NASA employee, in a Taiwan News Chinese language report last week asserted that rather than individual local sources such as motor vehicles and power plants, the largest single source of PM2.5 air pollutants in Taiwan is in fact air blowing in from neighboring China.
Killer smog in China has paralyzed some of its top cities in the past—so much so that its defense now includes the world's biggest air purifier. According to local reports, the 328-foot tower in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, uses greenhouses at its base. Polluted air is suctioned into the greenhouses, which are ...
BEIJING — The fire from a sunken Iranian tanker ship in the East China Sea has burned out, a Chinese transport ministry spokesman said Monday, although concerns remain about possible major pollution to the sea bed and surrounding waters. The spokesman, who only gave his surname, Zhao, said the ...
In 2013, China rolled out a plan to reduce its notorious air pollution within five years. But new data show that Chinese policy makers really do have to choose between economic growth and clean air—at least in the short term. To get a sense of that, just compare pollution data in the first quarter and the ...
The findings indicate that while government policies to reduce choking smog that plagues most Chinese cities seem to be having an effect, the improvements are uneven and China still has a long way to go in taming air pollution. Beijing's pollution level dropped 53.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 ...
A new joint project by the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE)—a leading environmental NGO in China—and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is making it easier for clothing labels, and eventually even shoppers, to keep an eye on that pollution. It's a map showing the official ...
China Dec factory growth eases as pollution measures bite ... Employees work at the main factory of Chinese smartphone maker Oppo in Dongguan. Growth in China's manufacturing sector slowed slightly in December as a punishing crackdown on air pollution and a cooling property market start to weigh ...
Beijing residents witnessed the city's best winter air quality in five years this month, thanks to favourable weather and tough air pollution controls. There was a stretch of 25 consecutive days during which the air quality was rated “excellent” or “good”, a record for the past five years, and on the rare days when ...
A total of 553 passenger-car models will no longer be manufactured in China under rules set to take effect with the new year as the world's biggest polluter moves to reduce air pollution, according to news reports. The production halt was announced Thursday by the China Vehicle Technology Service ...
Many of China's major cities are devastated by pollution – but the nation is making efforts to clean up its skies and waterways. The past year has seen factory closures and the creation of an environmental police force in Beijing – and now a national crackdown has revealed that more than 18,000 officials ...
Air pollution in China has led to higher rates of asthma, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, and—according to The Lancet —it contributed to 1.1 million premature deaths in 2015 alone. But now researchers think they have found an unanticipated risk from air pollution that can kill instantly: landslides. A new ...
China will expand efforts to combat its notorious smog problem from Beijing and Shanghai and surrounds to the northwestern provinces of Shanxi and Shaanxi, the environment minister said. It will also release a three-year action plan to meet air pollution reduction targets by 2020, Minister of Environmental ...
Beijing's unlikely rise to become one of China's top 10 cities for air quality last month shows how political will and nature can both make a difference to pollution, according to environmental experts. The capital was ranked ninth of 74 Chinese cities in air quality in December, one spot above Kunming in the ...
Elsewhere in the north, the index for the city of Anyang in Henan province reached 388 on Monday, while Weinan in Shaanxi hit 384 and Handan in Hebei was 382. The heavy pollution came after the Ministry of Environmental Protection announced last week it had made significant progress in reducing the ...


 

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