China water pollution from industrial discharge (Greenpeace)
October 15, 2013
Chinese companies' are more conniving than ever as the government looks to step up its crackdown on polluters who violate China’s environmental laws and regulations, according to a senior official with the Environmental Protection Ministry. Illegal polluters are now using a number of ploys to avoid detection, which include rigging automated pollution-monitoring systems to fudge data, discharging pollution through secret underground pipes and dumping toxic waste into rivers in the dead of night.
Southeast Asian nations have agreed to adopt a new system to improve monitoring of smog caused by fires, in an attempt to make plantation companies more accountable following the region's worst air pollution crisis in 16 years.
China national day smog
October 08, 2013
Heavy smog has been covering most parts of north China since Saturday, the fourth day of the country’s National Day holiday, affecting at least seven cities and provinces including Beijing, Hebei, Henan, Shanxi, Shandong, Shaanxi and Tianjin. The North China region – with its cluster of chemical, steel, power and cement plants – is struggling with air pollution problems and was subject to the country’s worst-ever smog episodes earlier back in January.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved USD700 million in loans to support the Indian government’s efforts to accelerate investment in the country’s infrastructure which is urgently needed to ensure strong economic growth.
Beijing’s lawmakers have strengthened the city's efforts to fight air pollution, by removing the limits for fines on repeat polluters and giving citizens the right to seek compensation for pollution damage.
Beijing will invest nearly CNY1 trillion (USD162.6 billion) over the next five years, in a bid to tackle air pollution, according to a senior municipal environmental official.
Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department has hiked its proposed subsidy to phase out pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles by HKD3 billion (USD386 million) with the total budget now at HKD11.71 billion (USD1.5 billion).
In an effort to ward off growing public acrimony over bad air, the Chinese government announced yesterday that it plans to publish a list of the top 10 worst and best cities in the country every month.
The Hong Kong government is looking to drive dirty trucks from its roads with a HKD10 billion-plus scheme to get fleet operators to phase out pre-Euro IV commercial diesel vehicles.
The prospects of China selling 500,000 green vehicles per year by 2015 still looks like mission impossible, despite the fact that new measures to curb air pollution will boost the development of the new energy auto industry, experts have warned.