Ningbo tops China's 'best city' list
According to a recent index report, released jointly by Horizon Research Consultancy Group and China's First Financial Daily, Ningbo, a city in east China's Zhejiang province, has topped a list of China's best cities to live in for 2006.
Guangdong to close 900 factories this week
China's Guangdong province will order more than 900 factories to close by Friday for failing to comply with new rules on producing dangerous chemicals, Hong Kong's trade office in the province said on Monday.
No decision made on German CO2 plans: Ministry
Germany has not made a final decision on its carbon dioxide emissions quota for 2008-12, its environment ministry said on Wednesday, describing media speculation that it would set tougher targets as misleading.
EU transport policy review to focus on environment
EU transport policy review which proposes better integration between road, rail, and water transport, will be presented on Thursday and show the European Union must reduce transport congestion and boost mobility for its citizens while cutting back on energy use and environmentally harmful emissions.
Chinese coal producers face fines over pollution
China's State Environmental Protection Administration has published new regulations on controlling environmental damage from the coal industry in Shanxi province, central China, the country's biggest coal producers.
Brazil creates three new protected areas in Amazon rainforest
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva decreed three new protected areas in the Amazon basin on Wednesday, placing 1.84 million hectares (4.55 million acres) of rainforest off-limits for development.
Billions needed to get on top of POPs problem in China
Zhuang Guotai, deputy director of the Stockholm Convention Implementation Office under the State Environment Protection Administration, said on Wednesday that in order to fulfil the already-drafted implementation plan, China will have to spend at least 34 billion yuan (US$4.25 billion) within the next decade.