The Peoples Insurance Company of China yesterday started offering the country’s first individual insurance plan for severe air pollution.
China says it will have 60 percent of its cities cleaned up within the next six years in its latest broadside against its mounting air and water pollution problems and the resulting public discord.
A World Bank-funded agricultural pollution control project, aimed at preventing pollution from "non-point" sources and reduce pollutants from crop and livestock production, has been initiated in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.
US natural gas production 1990-2040
March 13, 2014
Ukraine and the Crimea are a long way from Asia and, quite understandably, most people and countries across the region are rather less concerned than Europeans and Americans over Russia’s actions. We live an interconnected world, however, and although the eventual outcome of the Ukrainian crisis remains uncertain, there’s one sure bet that should have the attention of energy and climate policy makers across Asia.
China may be back peddling on its ambitious plans for a carbon tax as local air pollution concerns bump climate change off the center stage and some developed nations also reconsider plans to tax greenhouse gas emissions, a top Chinese official said yesterday.
Dam Damage
March 11, 2014
It is the world’s most prevalent form of renewable energy, dwarfing all other categories put together and accounting for 16 percent of global electricity generation in 2008, yet critics have been saying for years that big hydropower projects come at a steep cost to the environment. Now they have a robust economic cost-benefit analysis of the global hydropower industry to add more muscle to their anti-dam campaigns.
Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening environmental problems like desertification and climate change.
It’s a truism to say things can change quickly in China, especially when there’s a shift in the political winds. The proposal to introduce hourly updates on the concentration of all major air pollutants in Shanghai is a case in point.
China is expected to invest more than 5 trillion yuan (USD817 billion) in environmental protection during the 12th Five-year Plan period (2011-2015), an environmental protection official said on Saturday.
The Chinese government has reiterated, albeit in a more powerful forum than previously, its vow to tighten environmental legislation and force polluters to pay compensation following renewed blasts of toxic air, Zhang Dejiang, the nation's top legislator said yesterday.