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Hong Kong welcomes China's air pollution measures, to curb emissions too

Hong Kong welcomes China's measures to reduce air pollution. Following the mainland’s lead, the special administrative region also plans to take steps to curb its emissions. The Hong Kong government welcomed China's new measures to reduce air pollution on the mainland (see related story). Hong Kong believes that the measures would also be able to contribute to the improvement of the regional...

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China’s new plan to improve the air quality of its 338 cities

China has just unveiled its five-year action plan that targets the air quality of the nation’s cities. The new plan, called “Airborne Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan,” was made to tackle the nation’s worsening air pollution problem by significantly improving the air quality of China’s 338 cities, according to China Daily. Under the action plan – which spans 2013 to 2017...

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U.S. D.O.E., Japan's NEDO to save critical materials

Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, or NEDO, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United States Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory to cooperate in saving critical materials. Under the M.O.U., the two will work together to reinforce ongoing cooperative efforts in the field of critical materials, at the same time promoting research activities related to...

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Canada's tar sands expansion “needs to be denied” - N.R.D.C.

The international environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council has released a statement regarding the tar sands expansion, saying that it “needs to be denied.” N.R.D.C.'s director Danielle Droitsch made the statement in light of Canada's Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver visit in Washington to lobby American officials on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. According to the N.R.D...

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Nations agree to phase down HFCs in latest G20 Summit

During the recent Group of 20 Summit, around 35 nations as well as the European Union agreed to phase down the use of known hydrofluorocarbons. The decision to phase down known HFCs was made during last week's G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the nations reiterating their commitment to fight climate change. The nations and the E.U. also agreed that they will simultaneously push for efforts in...

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Hong Kong looks to zero-emission buses to reduce air pollution

The Hong Kong Government is planning to use zero-emission buses to help improve air quality and reduce air pollution in the region. Hong Kong is looking to use zero-emission buses as part of the Government’s long-term goal of curbing roadside air pollution and improving overall air quality. Secretary for the Environment KS Wong readily admits that the plan has an ambitious target, and that it would have to be done in phases...

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China to control weather to address different issues

China intends to control the weather to aid the country with problems like pollution and for better agricultural and hydropower operations. Under a new national plan, which will run from 2013 to 2020, China plans to intervene with the weather by dividing the country into regions and setting up an interprovincial mechanism for weather control, said senior researcher of the Weather Modification Center under the China...

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Beijing cuts vehicles emissions in new five-year-plan

Beijing has issued a new five-year-plan to cut vehicle emissions as part of a recent slew of measures introduced to reduce air pollution and improve the air quality of the city. According to the five-year-plan, the municipal government will limit the number of new cars on the road each year, starting January 2014. As reported on China.Org.Cn., Rong Jun, a spokesman for the municipal transport commission,...

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Paraguay saves its forests by extending Zero Deforestation Law

The Paraguayan government has extended the Zero Deforestation Law for an additional five years in an attempt to further reduce its forests degradation. The extension of the Land Conversion Moratorium for the Atlantic Forest of Paraguay, also known as the Zero Deforestation Law, is in line with the Atlantic Forest – located in Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina – already being considered one of the world's most endangered...

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Beijing combats pollution through new measures

Beijing's municipal government has issued new measures to cut industrial pollution and help the city clean its air. In an effort to reduce industrial pollution in the city, Beijing has rolled out a five-year clean air action plan, spanning 2013 to 2017, which will order up to 1,200 polluting companies to either upgrade, or close parts of or all of their facilities in the coming years to 2016, according to China's...

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