Environmental situation critical in west China, despite investment
The Chinese government invested more than 200 billion yuan (over US $25 billion) from 2000 to 2005 in improving the environment in the west of the country, but the situation remains critical.
Flights increase to compete with railway
Airlines have increased the number of flights to Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, hoping to help themselves to a slice of the tourism boom stimulated by the Qinghai-Tibet Railway that opened on Saturday.
Qinghai-Tibet railway begins operation
The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world's highest, began operation on last Saturday. The first train left Golmud, the second largest city of Qinghai in northwest China, for Lhasa, in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
China increases power prices
China, the world's second-biggest energy user, raised electricity prices to households and businesses for the first time in more than a year to help power companies offset the higher cost of coal.
Power industry urges Britain to develop wave power
Britain could produce enough electricity to supply nearly two million homes using marine power technology which harnesses energy from waves and tidal streams, the power industry said on Thursday.