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Australia pledges $165 million to U.N. climate fund

Dec 10, 2014

Australia pledges $165 million to U.N. climate fund

Australia bowed to international pressure and pledged 200 million Australian dollars ($165 million) to the U.N.-backed Green Climate Fund on Wednesday to mitigate the impact of global warming on poor countries. With its use of coal-fired power and relatively small population of 23 million, ...

Dec 8, 2014

23% of 'purified' water in China is polluted, tests show

Almost a quarter of purified drinking water tested by China’s top safety watchdog was substandard, with many products found to contain excessive levels of bacteria, the official Shanghai Daily newspaper said on Monday. The findings underline the challenge to controlling supply chains in China, ...

Nov 29, 2014

China reports new human case of H7N9 bird flu

China confirmed a new human infection of the deadly H7N9 avian influenza virus, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said, the first case this winter in the southern province of Guangdong. A 31-year-old woman surnamed Deng, from the provincial city of Dongguan, was confirmed Friday ...

Chinese factory whirs overtime to make Ebola suits

Nov 5, 2014

Chinese factory whirs overtime to make Ebola suits

Far from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics more than 11,000 kilometers (7,000 miles) away in West Africa. The Weifang ...

Legacy of SARS offers lessons for Ebola fight

Nov 2, 2014

Legacy of SARS offers lessons for Ebola fight

The SARS outbreak of 2003 put Hong Kong on the front line of a global health crisis. The city’s successful war on the virus offers lessons for those now battling Ebola. The flu-like severe acute respiratory syndrome infected 1,800 people and took 299 lives ...

Nov 1, 2014

Chinese moon orbiter returns from first flight unharmed

China on Saturday successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day trip marked the first time in almost four decades that a spacecraft ...