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China’s Air Pollution Is Traveling To The United States

Date of Release: 
Aug 12 2015

China’s air pollution is traveling across the Pacific Ocean and into the United States, according to a new study.

The study, published this week in Nature Geoscience, found that ozone, which can contribute to respiratory problems when inhaled, has been making its way from China to the western United States. In China, according to the study, ozone levels in the troposphere — the lowest level of the earth’s atmosphere — went up by about 7 percent between 2005 and 2010.

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Hundreds of thousands of fish killed by China pollution

Date of Release: 
Sep 4 2013

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish were left floating in a Chinese river after a chemical discharge, officials said Wednesday, the latest industrial accident to pollute the country's battered environment.

About 100,000 kilograms of fish were cleared from 40 kilometres of the Fuhe river in Wuhan, the capital of the central province of Hubei, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing "local government investigations".

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Beijing issues new measures aimed at curbing air pollution

Date of Release: 
Sep 2 2013

China's smoggy capital has tried everything from shutting factories to a massive subway building programme as it battles a severe air pollution problem, but with little apparent effect.

The latest measures are part of a broader plan to reduce the Chinese capital's density of harmful particles in the air by at least 25 percent by 2017.

"It's a declaration of war against PM 2.5," the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said in a statement on its website, referring to tiny particles in the air that pose the greatest risk to human health.

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China solicits opinions on harsher environment law

Date of Release: 
Aug 1 2013

China on Thursday began soliciting public opinions on a draft amendment to the environmental protection law that proposes harsher punishments for polluters.

Public opinions were sought after the draft amendment was tabled for the first reading in August 2012. Based on suggestions collected, the National People's Congress (NPC) Law Committee revised it, and the revised version was submitted to the NPC Standing Committee for the second reading in June.

The version for the second reading for the first time specifies that protecting the environment is a basic state policy.

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Fish ecosystem on Yangtze 'on verge of collapse' from hydropower plants

Date of Release: 
Aug 16 2013

Human activity along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River - such as building hydropower stations and excessive fishing - has pushed its aquatic ecosystem to the verge of collapse, a report released on Thursday warns.

Researchers suggested starting a fishing ban along the entire river and enacting a national law to protect the “mother river” of China, as its fishery resources are experiencing a severe recession.

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Air pollution cuts life expectancy by 5.5 years in China - study

Date of Release: 
Jul 9 2013

These are the findings of a landmark study conducted by an international team of researchers, including academics from China's most prestigious universities, published this month in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers found that severe air pollution has cost the 500 million people living north of China's Huai River during the 1990s more than 2.5 billion years of aggregate life.

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Review of environmental impact assessment and monitoring in aquaculture in Asia-Pacific

Published Date: 
01/2009

This review is prepared as part of the FAO Project “Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and monitoring in aquaculture”. The review provides a compilation, review and synthesis of existing EIA and environmental monitoring procedures and practices in aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific region, the largest aquaculture-producing region in the world. This review, as in other regions, gives special consideration to four areas related to EIA and monitoring in aquaculture including: (1) the requirements (2) the practice (3) the effectiveness and (4) suggestions for improvements.

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EIA: Xi’an Urban Road Network Improvement Project

Published Date: 
05/2011

The environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Project is prepared by the PPTA consultants on behalf of the Xian Municipal Government (XMG) on the basis of the following documents: (i) feasibility study reports of five project sub-components, (ii) the government project environmental impact assessment report (the government EIA), and (iii) cultural relic survey report.

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IEE: Shanxi Energy Efficiency and Environment Improvement Project

Published Date: 
02/2012

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is proposing to finance the Shanxi Energy Efficiency and Environmental Improvement Project (the Project) in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This report is the Project Initial Environmental Examination (IEE). It has been prepared under the ADB Project Preparatory Technical Assistance Project 7736: Shanxi Energy Efficiency and Environment Improvement Project (PPTA 7736), which undertook the technical, environmental, financial, social, and economic due diligence for the proposed Project.

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IEE: Heilongjiang Energy Efficient District Heating Project

Published Date: 
05/2012

This Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) Report was prepared for the proposed Heilongjiang Energy Efficient District Heating Project (the project) in Heilongjiang Province of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The proposed project will improve energy efficiency and reduce emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and other pollutants in Heilongjiang province by introducing energy efficient district heating systems in the nine urban areas.

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