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Beijing to raise pollution taxes to fund clean energy
A draft law would apply new taxes against noise, water, air and solid waste pollution. Rates will vary according to type and amount of substances emitted. Expert praises the move to promote clean technologies but urges the government to reinvest in the environment. At present, it is cheaper to pay fines than invest in cleaner technologies.
World Bank echoes pope: "Environmental degradation hurts the poor"
Gathered in Cape Town for a meeting on ecology, leaders of the financial agency took up the concern voiced by Benedict XVI and underlined the need to look ahead towards balanced, useful development.
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A "green necklace" of trees against air pollution in Beijing
Hebei Province plans to use wetlands around the capital. The latter however suffers from water shortages. Beijing’s pollution crisis could be tackled by closing a significant number of steel factories in the region, but powerful interests and state enterprises have opposed such a move.
Pollution in China: Hundreds of children poisoned by lead
A factory in the eastern province of Anhui operated illegally for years a few feet away from homes. In 2010 they nine cases of lead pollution were officially recorded. The government is in trouble, as evidenced by the conviction of the activist who exposed the scandal of melamine-tainted milk.
Plant that poisoned hundreds of children closed
The authorities are quick to close the Shaanxi factory, after news was spread. But nobody explains why families in the area have not been transferred, as was expected. Ill at risk of irreversible damage to muscles, nerves, brain.
Sulphur dioxide, acid rain: pollution on the rise in Chinese cities
High coal consumption is the major culprit of pollution that also affects other countries. Annual losses of more than 510 billion yuan and serious respiratory illnesses are two of the consequences. Local authorities resist implementing measures to monitor the environment.
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