Power struggles: Nukes to go back on the menu?
Twenty years on from Chernobyl some advocates of nuclear power describe reactors as a source of “green” energy. Environmentalists disagree, but the US, Russia and China are all poised to renew their interest in the industry. Here, Rob Edwards explores the pros and cons.
China to publish information on drinking water safety
Information on water quality will be made public according to the State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA). Officials announced the move to journalists on Friday and will, they say, empower citizens to decide whether or not water is safe to drink.
Rising temperatures threaten US beauty spots says report
Yosemite, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain National Parks are amongst twelve US beauty spots whose eco-systems are at the greatest risk of climate change according to a newly released report.
Chinese mining firms eye Filipino resources
Three of the biggest mining companies in, including Jinchuan Group Ltd., are in talks with companies in the Philippines about possible investments in the country's mining industry, which is concentrated on the easternmost island of Mindanao.
Water tables near Beijing to plummet
Water tables in some areas of northern China will continue to drop, by as much as 40 metres over the next quarter of a century, according to a recent study in Hebei Province and ecological problems in the region are now expected to escalate.
Checking the earth’s vital signs
Global production, commerce and consumption are up. But, says, the Worldwatch Institute, such trends are set against “a backdrop of ecological decline in a world powered overwhelmingly by fossil fuels”.
UK and Chinese firms urged to join together to help solve endangered animal crisis
UK and Chinese drug research and development firms have been urged to band together to develop alternatives to the practice of using endangered animal parts to feed the vast traditional Chinese medicine industry.
著名经济学家马中说, 绿色GDP(国内生产总值)的计算是一个复杂的过程,从而专家和学者对其计算方法和功用很少苟同。他认为, 绿色GDP实际上是一种体系，它是把可能造成环境的损失纳入到生产成本中，从而在生产造成环境污染之前而不是之后来处理这样的损失。
Turning green GDP on its head
Calculating green GDP is a complex business which few can agree upon, according to renowned economist Ma Zhong. More practical, he argues, is a system that makes organisations and businesses account for environmental costs during production – before, not after environmental losses occur.
All Chinese cities to have sewage treatment plants by 2010
All Chinese cities must have operating sewage treatment plants by 2010, with 70 percent of urban sewage treated before being discharged into the environment, the deputy minister of construction Qiu Baoxing has said.