public opinion

Islamabad's metro bus public hearing dubbed a sham

Date of Release: 
May 4 2014

The citizens of the capital termed Saturday’s public hearing on environmental impact assessment of the metro bus service project a sham exercise, especially when work had already started in Islamabad in violation of the Environment Protection Act 1997.

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Report: One fifth of China's soil contaminated

Date of Release: 
Apr 18 2014

Conducted between 2005-2013, it found that 16.1% of China's soil and 19.4% of its arable land showed contamination.

The report, by the Environmental Protection Ministry, named cadmium, nickel and arsenic as top pollutants.

There is growing concern, both from the government and the public, that China's rapid industrialisation is causing irreparable damage to its environment.

The study took samples across an area of 6.3 million square kilometres, two-thirds of China's land area.

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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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