SEPA Releases New Measure on Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment Process

BEIJING—The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), China’s top environmental body, has released a tentative measure on public involvement in the nation’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.

China Submits 2,452 International Patent Applications in 2005, Enters World Top 10

Statistics from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) indicate that China was the tenth biggest patent applicant in 2005, submitting 2,452 inventions, designs, and other items to the Geneva-based organization, reports China News.

Local Group Nurtures Indigenous Voices in Development of China's West

Nestled in a small building complex in the heart of Kunming in southwestern China, the Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge (CBIK) is easily overlooked. But behind its modest headquarters, this 100-member strong organization is changing the face of development in China's remote western provinces.

Filthy Air Choking China's Growth, Olympic Goals

In a recent study of overcast versus cloud-free days in China, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that the amount of sunlight reaching the ground at 500 measurement stations in China fell dramatically between 1954 and 2001.

Global Security Brief #9: Post-Tsunami Aceh: Is the World Watching?

Next month, all eyes should be on Indonesia, as the parliament decides on a key element of the peace agreement between the Indonesian government and the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM). One year after the powerful Indian Ocean tsunami devastated Aceh—making peace in the province attainable after 29 years of conflict—a lasting solution seems within grasp.

ADB Financing Water Improvements in Wake of Songhua Disaster

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is financing a US $2 billion environmental improvement project in the Songhua River area of northeastern China, according to an ADB official in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province.

Scientists Explore Drought-Tolerant Plants to Offset Water Shortages

Chinese scientists believe that breeding new drought-tolerant crop varieties is key to easing the country's chronic water scarcity, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Government Encouraging Smaller Cars, Improved Fuel Efficiency

In early January, China called for a nationwide repeal of restrictions on smaller, more economical cars by the end of March in a move to ease the country's growing dependence on imported oil.

Rising Toll From Disasters Underscores Need For Humanitarian, Political Action

Washington, D.C.—Conflict and “un-natural” disasters have taken a heavy toll in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, yet new analysis from the Worldwatch Institute shows important lessons can be learned from the countries’ differing responses to these difficult circumstances.
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