(October 6, 2006) A top environmental official advocated establishing legislation that fines polluters each day they violate a reform of the current fine system, which has a set maximum.
(September 28, 2006) The Chinese government released its first “green” gross domestic product (GDP) report earlier this month, presenting an alternative to the nation’s current economic development path.
(September 16, 2006) An “unexpected environmental accident” occurred in China roughly every other day in the first half of this year, a situation the government is all too aware of.
(September 12, 2006) ‘China, if it is going to remedy pollution, has to put in wastewater treatment. But that process constitutes an opportunity, because it can leapfrog to the latest technology,’ said Paul Reiter, executive director of the International Water Association.
(September 11, 2006) The chemical plants blamed for polluting the Xinqiang River in central China’s Hunan province with arsenide have been closed down and their senior managers have been detained.
(September 10, 2006) Every few days, a chemical accident pollutes the Songhua River, Pan Yue, deputy director of the State Environmental Protection Administration, told the official Xinhua news agency.
(September 10, 2006) Fire trucks were providing water to villagers in central China’s Hunan province after high levels of arsenide poison were found in the Xinjiang River, although no one has been sickened, officials said Sunday.
(September 10, 2006) Environmental agencies even lack authority to intervene on their own as they answer to more powerful provincial bodies that are often in league with polluters, corrupt and riddled with nepotism.
(September 8, 2006) Pollution caused losses of US$64 billion in 2004, which was 3.05 per cent of China’s gross domestic product that year, according to a "Green GDP" report calculating the impact of the environment on the economy.
(September 3, 2006) There is no shortage of environmental laws in China, but the dire pollution problems persist, in part because environmental protection is often subverted by local protectionism, corruption and regulatory inefficiency.
(September 3, 2006) Villagers say a few people in China are getting rich by destroying the environment. ‘This whole system is unfair,’ one farmer is quoted as saying, ‘They’re getting wealthy on the backs of poor people like us.’
(August 31, 2006) The State Environmental Protection Administration lays the blame for rising pollution in China on poor enforcement of regulations and a ‘crude mode of economic growth.’
(August 30, 2006) A chemical plant that severely polluted a river popular with tourists in the capital of Jiangsu province has been told to limit production for the next few months.
(August 29, 2006) The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress used the word ‘shocking’ to describe the pollution problem in China in a recent environmental report, Xinhua says.
(August 25, 2006) More investment expected to flow into waste treatment as Beijing boosts return of overseas players.