Villagers Attack Factories over Pollution in Eastern China

More than 100 villagers rampaged through a tannery complex in Quanzhou in China’s eastern Fujian Province on April 9, attacking several factories over their air and water pollution.

Study Highlights Four Key Health Challenges in Developing Countries; China Struggling With All

A new publication, Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries, identifies four key challenges faced by the public health sector in the developing world: the transformation of epidemiology, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the emergence of new diseases, and high sanitation imbalances among countries.

CHEERLEADING FOR NUCLEAR? LOOKING BEYOND THE HYPE

Washington, DC—Many politicians and even a few environmentalists have begun advocating nuclear power as a remedy for climate change. And in an effort to ride the coattails of a far more popular set of energy alternatives, political leaders including U.S. President George W. Bush are now referring to nuclear power as "a renewable source of energy".

Pigs: A Boon to Yunnan's Biological Diversity?

As environmentalists lament the rapid loss of forest landscapes in southwestern China's Yunnan Province, they may now have an unlikely ally in their efforts to preserve this biologically diverse region: pig geneticists.

China's Remaining Intact Forests Face Grim Threat

Only 0.1 percent of China's intact forest landscapes—which cover an area of 55,448 square kilometers, or 2 percent of the nation's total forest resources—are under strict protection.

China Imposes Consumption Tax on Large Cars, Environmentally Un-sound Goods

Starting April 1, Chinese consumers who buy cars with engine capacities of more than four liters will be required to pay a consumption tax of 20 percent.

China Releases Latest Census Results

China's population was 1,306,280,000 on November 1, 2005, according to the latest census report released by China's National Bureau of Statistics on March 16. The number, which excludes Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, was estimated to reach 1,307,560,000 by the end of 2005.

China Issues New Regulation on Water Management, Sets Fees for Usage

The Chinese government recently passed a new regulation on water management, updating its system of use permits and stipulating charges for water consumption in agriculture.

Bus Rapid Transit: A Step Toward Fairness in China's Urban Transportation

Rush hour is usually a nightmare for Beijing's bus commuters. Squeezed from all sides, riders endure polluted air and chilly winter winds that seep in through gaps in the windows, or suffer en masse in the scorching summer sun.

Schools Overcharge Students, Revealing Imbalances in China's Education System

China's National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC) announced that eight schools overcharged parents to the tune of 22.7 million RMB (US $2.84 million) during the 2004-05 period, Xinhua News reported on February 19.
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