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Partial win for China industry pollution curbs
China's environmental watchdog said on Wednesday that major firms had heeded its order to shut power plants and steel projects built without permits, but that other targets it had criticised were so far ignoring orders.
Hu steps into journalist's murder case
Making an extremely rare intervention, President Hu Jintao called for a swift investigation into the killing of a journalist at an illegal coal mine in Shanxi province. Hu's action followed an outcry over the beating death of Lan Chengzhang outside the mine.
Bush claims ethanol is answer to oil addiction
US president George W. Bush used his seventh annual State of the Union Address to say that climate change is "a serious challenge" and announce ethanol as the answer to oil.
China environment official targets "special interests"
Officials beholden to polluting industries are subverting efforts to clean up China's foul air and water, Pan Yue, a top Chinese environmental official has said, flagging a fresh battle to enforce environmental rules.
China coal mine reporter beaten to death
Police in the city of Datong, Shanxi Province have set up a special task force to hunt down the people who killed a reporter investigating China's accident-prone coal mining industry earlier this month, the Shanghai Daily reported recently.
UK councils "ignore climate change threat"
Hundreds of local councils across the United Kingdom are ignoring the threat of climate change and taking no action to address the rising carbon emissions of their residents, a survey by the Guardian newspaper suggests.