China's big cities fail air pollution standards; environment ministry says it's an improvement on 2013 results

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Feb 2 2015

Nearly 90 per cent of China's big cities failed to meet air quality standards in 2014, but that was still an improvement on 2013, the country's environment ministry says.

Amid growing public disquiet about smog and other environmental risks, China said last year it would "declare war on pollution" and it has started to eliminate substandard industrial capacity and reduce coal consumption.


Support to Harmonization of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) under the Hanoi Core Statement on Aid Effectiveness

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The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (March 2005) and the subsequent localized version of the Paris Declaration, the Hanoi Core Statement (HCS) were developed and endorsed in 2005. The HCS is being implemented through the Partnership Group on Aid Effectiveness (PGAE), which was created in 2003 as the forum for GOV / donor dialogue on harmonization and alignment issues. In February 2006, eight Thematic Groups (TGs) were created under the PGAE to support implementation of the HCS.


National plan to improve air quality

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Sep 19 2011

Federal, state and territory environment ministers yesterday promised to take a "fresh look at Australia's air quality", vowing to use the plan to prioritise and respond to the review's 23 recommendations.

The review into Australia's air quality standards, last updated in 2003, found that for the pollutants monitored, there was no safe level of exposure. "The results . . . show that there are significant health effects at current levels of air pollution in Australian cities," it said.

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