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Ma Jun: China has reached its environmental tipping point

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Tom Levitt
People wearing surgical masks on a smoggy day
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It was almost 20 years ago that Ma Jun sat and watched the rainbow-coloured River Fen, in Shanxi province. As he turned to the skies in this coal and industrial heartland of north China he could see dozens of chimneys bellowing out their fumes.

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China opens world's longest high-speed rail route - BBC News

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Media captionThe BBC's Matthew Stadlen looks ahead to the high speed line's launch

China has officially opened the world's longest high-speed rail route, linking the capital Beijing with the southern commercial hub of Guangzhou.

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China: The electronic wastebasket of the world

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Ivan Watson
Where your used electronics go in China
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Did you ever wonder what happens to your old laptop or cellphone when you throw it away?

Chances are some of your old electronic junk will end up in China.

According to a recent United Nations report, "China now appears to be the largest e-waste dumping site in the world."

E-waste, or electronic waste, consists of everything from scrapped TVs, refrigerators and air conditioners to that old desktop computer that may be collecting dust in your closet. ... Read more about China: The electronic wastebasket of the world

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BYD's Green Activities and Latest Electric Car

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BYD Auto Company creates a new type of electric vehicle.  ... Read more about BYD's Green Activities and Latest Electric Car

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4 percent of Chinese cities report clean air

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Zhu Ningzhu
Forty-eight percent of days last year in Beijing had clean air, while 16 percent of days suffered heavy air pollution.
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BEIJING, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Only three out of the 74 Chinese cities that were monitored for air quality last year reported clean air, while the large majority suffered various degrees of pollution, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Tuesday.

The three cities to meet government-set air quality standards are Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, Zhoushan in east China's Zhejiang Province, and Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. ... Read more about 4 percent of Chinese cities report clean air

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China says it is poorly prepared to fight impact of climate change

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Ben Blanchard
A man wears a face mask while walking on the Bund in front of the financial district of Pudong during a hazy day in downtown Shanghai December 9, 2013.
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(Reuters) - China is poorly prepared to tackle the impact of climate change that presents a serious threat to the country, thanks to a lack of planning and public awareness, the government said on Monday. ... Read more about China says it is poorly prepared to fight impact of climate change

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China's newest environmental disaster

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Carmel Lobello SEP 26 2013
In China, it's coal as far as the eye can see.
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So much for China's change of heart when it comes to taking care of the environment.

The Chinese government recently approved construction on nine of 40 large-scale plants that will convert coal into synthetic natural gas — a process that produces seven times more greenhouse gas emissions than regular natural gas production, and uses as much as 100 times the water as shale gas extraction, according to a new study by Duke University. ... Read more about China's newest environmental disaster

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Pollution in China: Man-made and visible from space

Pollution in China: Man-made and visible from space
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“PM2.5” seems an odd and wonky term for the blogosphere to take up, but that is precisely what has happened in China in recent weeks. It refers to the smallest solid particles in the atmosphere—those less than 2.5 microns across. Such dust can get deep into people’s lungs; far deeper than that rated as PM10. Yet until recently China’s authorities have revealed measurements only for PM10. When people realised this, an online revolt broke out. ... Read more about Pollution in China: Man-made and visible from space

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