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China will make controlling greenhouse-gas emissions and adapting to climate change a key part of its development plans, Reuters reported. The broad intentions were set down in a report from a cabinet meeting. 

As China’s landfills run out of space, the country has begun a vast programme to build incinerators. But, The New York Times said, some incinerators are a source of toxic emissions that float across the Pacific Ocean.

Twelve shipping containers packed with toxic chemicals are missing after falling into the Yangtze River from a ship near Yichang city, in Hubei province, according to China Daily.

Hundreds of children have been diagnosed with lead poisoning in Fengxiang county, in Shaanxi province, News365 reported. A metal-smelting plant owned by the Dongling Group is believed to be the source. 

The relocation of more than 10,000 villagers in Henan province is set to begin, according to Sina, making way for expansion of the Danjiangkou reservoir, part of China’s South-North Water Transfer Project.

A large-scale restructuring of the coal industry in Shanxi, China’s major coal-producing province, is meant to reduce accidents and improve efficiency by closing unsafe and low-producing mines, China Daily reported. 

Construction has begun on the first of six planned 10-gigawatt wind-power bases, according to Reuters. The facility is in Jiuquan, in Gansu province.

Spurred by its US$586-billion stimulus plan, China bought record volumes of oil and iron ore in July, Bloomberg News reported, citing customs figures.

Greenpeace China released a report -- “Polluting Power: Ranking China’s Power Companies” – challenging the country’s largest power-generation plants to move away from coal, China Daily said. 

One of China’s largest hydropower companies, the Huaneng Group, has signed an agreement with Tibet, with an eye to developing the region’s vast hydroelectricity potential, according to Sina.

Successive years of low water flow at the mouth of the Yellow River are contributing to rising salinity levels in the Bohai Gulf, Xinhua reported. 

Two Chinese NGO leaders -- Yu Xiaogang of Green Watershed and Ma Jun of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs -- have been awarded the 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership, the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation announced.

Prepared in cooperation with PACE

 

China will make controlling greenhouse-gas emissions and adapting to climate change a key part of its development plans, Reuters reported. The broad intentions were set down in a report from a cabinet meeting. 

As China’s landfills run out of space, the country has begun a vast programme to build incinerators. But, The New York Times said, some incinerators are a source of toxic emissions that float across the Pacific Ocean.

Twelve shipping containers packed with toxic chemicals are missing after falling into the Yangtze River from a ship near Yichang city, in Hubei province, according to China Daily.

Hundreds of children have been diagnosed with lead poisoning in Fengxiang county, in Shaanxi province, News365 reported. A metal-smelting plant owned by the Dongling Group is believed to be the source. 

The relocation of more than 10,000 villagers in Henan province is set to begin, according to Sina, making way for expansion of the Danjiangkou reservoir, part of China’s South-North Water Transfer Project.

A large-scale restructuring of the coal industry in Shanxi, China’s major coal-producing province, is meant to reduce accidents and improve efficiency by closing unsafe and low-producing mines, China Daily reported. 

Construction has begun on the first of six planned 10-gigawatt wind-power bases, according to Reuters. The facility is in Jiuquan, in Gansu province.

Spurred by its US$586-billion stimulus plan, China bought record volumes of oil and iron ore in July, Bloomberg News reported, citing customs figures.

Greenpeace China released a report -- “Polluting Power: Ranking China’s Power Companies” – challenging the country’s largest power-generation plants to move away from coal, China Daily said. 

One of China’s largest hydropower companies, the Huaneng Group, has signed an agreement with Tibet, with an eye to developing the region’s vast hydroelectricity potential, according to Sina.

Successive years of low water flow at the mouth of the Yellow River are contributing to rising salinity levels in the Bohai Gulf, Xinhua reported. 

Two Chinese NGO leaders -- Yu Xiaogang of Green Watershed and Ma Jun of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs -- have been awarded the 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership, the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation announced.

Prepared in cooperation with PACE

 

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