China built up salt lake resources and environmental science database

The Salt Lake Resources and Environmental Science Database, completed by the Qinghai Salt Lake Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has been approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology after 6 years’ hard work. This is the largest data sharing system for salt lake resources and environmental science in China. Salt Lake […]

China’s air quality improves: top legislature inspection report

China’s air quality has improved across the country, showed a report on the implementation of the Air Pollution Control Law on Monday. The Air Pollution Control Law and the action plan on air pollution control have been well implemented across the country since the 18th Communist Party of China National Congress in 2012, said the […]

Tibet’s bottled water output rises

Productions of bottled drinking water in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region has increased steadily, local authorities said. Last year, 800,000 tonnes of water was bottled, up 30 percent year on year, but well short of the target of 1 million tonnes, according to the regional industry and information technology department. The industry generated more than […]

China’s largest salt lake expands

The area of Qinghai Lake, China’s largest salt lake, has expanded by 124 square kilometers in the past four years, according to the latest survey. The area of the lake was 4,373 square km during the dry season in a satellite survey carried out between the end of May and early June, said Wang Yuan, […]

China launches 6th Arctic expedition

Scientists onboard the icebreaker Xuelong, “Snow Dragon”, have begun China’s 6th Arctic expedition. They spent about three hours on the first research site in the Bering Sea on Friday night. A 200-kg CDT (conductivity, depth and temperature) instrument was put more than 3,000 meters below the surface to survey the sea water. During the following […]

Shanghai liquid ammonia leak caused by detached pipe cap

Shanghai liquid ammonia leak caused by detached pipe cap

An initial investigation showed that the liquid ammonia leak that killed 15 in Shanghai on Saturday was caused by a detached pipe cap, local authorities said Sunday. A cap on a pipe carrying liquid ammonia fell off, releasing the chemical at around 10:50 a.m. Saturday, which resulted in the death of 15 and left 25 […]

China unveils five-year plan to treat water, soil losses

The Ministry of Water Resources announced on Thursday a plan to treat water and soil loss problems over the next five years. The plan, which covers 279 counties across 20 provincial-level regions, aims to treat water and soil losses over 30,000 square km of land during the 2013-2017 period, according to a statement on the […]

Typhoon Utor kills 1 in south China

Typhoon Utor kills 1 in south China

Typhoon Utor tore through south China Wednesday, bringing high winds and torrential rains, as well as killing one person and leaving five others missing. Disaster relief authorities in the city of Maoming in Guangdong Province said the casualties were the result of floods triggered by the typhoon. More than 88,000 people were evacuated from the […]

High waves expected in South China Sea

China’s maritime authority on Monday issued an early warning for high waves that may occur in the South China Sea. The National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center issued a yellow warning, the second-lowest level in the country’s four-tier color-coded typhoon warning system, for Typhoon Utor, which is expected to affect the sea area from noon on […]

Full text of Joint U.S.-China Statement on Climate Change

A joint U.S.-China statement on climate change was issued on Saturday. The full text is as follows: Joint U.S.-China Statement on Climate Change The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China recognize that the increasing dangers presented by climate change measured against the inadequacy of the global response requires a more focused […]

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