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A Chinese environmental update

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Global warming could prove devastating for the Tibetan plateau, while helping farming and tourism, according to Qin Dahe, former head of the China Meteorological Administration. Qin made the comment in a climate-change assessment, Agence France-Presse reported Chinese media as saying.

Authorities in Hunan province detained two factory officials after 1,300 children at nearby schools were poisoned by pollution from a manganese-smelting plant in Wenping township, said the Associated Press.

Environmental protests are increasing amid the economic growth in China, a country with plenty of environmental laws but too little enforcement, according to Time.

Two chemical company officials have been imprisoned in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, Caijing reported. Carbolic-acid contamination from the plant led to a shutdown of the city’s water supply in February.

China has approved plans to begin building the third phase of its Tianwan nuclear power plant in Jiangsu province, beginning in October 2010, said Agence France-Presse.

Shanghai’s preparations for the Expo 2010 fair have been praised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), according to Caijing.

As Australia eyes the biggest export deal in its history – a liquefied natural gas contract with China – only key environmental-impact checks at the Barrow Island site stand in the way, The Australian reported.

More than 1,200 new cars hit Beijing’s street every day on average in the first seven months of the year, Agence France-Presse quoted Chinese news media as saying.

China should set firm targets to limit greenhouse-gas emissions so they peak around 2030, a study by some of the country’s top climate policy advisers has proposed, Reuters said.

Beijing intends to eliminate 13 more small-scale cement companies that are marked by heavy pollution, high energy and high water consumption, according to CCTV. Only about 10 large-scale plants are to be retained in the city.

The US soft-drink companies PepsiCo and Coca-Cola rejected their inclusion on an environmental watch list published by Beijing’s city government, according to Agence France-Presse. The bottling plants were listed among factories causing water pollution.

Many Guangzhou pet owners are ignoring or dodging the city’s “one-dog policy”, imposed ahead of the 2010 Asian Games, which the metropolis will host, according to Reuters.

Prepared in cooperation with PACE

 

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