China to ban all coal use in Beijing by 2020

Aug 5, 2014

China to ban all coal use in Beijing by 2020

China’s smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities. Beijing’s Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau posted the plan on its website Monday, saying the city ...

Jul 22, 2014

China's Xi signs Venezuela resource deals during Latin America blitz

Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a raft of oil and mineral deals with Venezuela Monday, his latest stop on a Latin American tour showcasing China’s growing influence in the region. During his four-country visit to what is often considered America’s back yard, Xi has ...

Jul 11, 2014

Beijing hits back at Macau democracy vote

Beijing has slammed an unofficial referendum on electoral reform to be held in the gambling mecca of Macau, local media said Thursday, after almost 800,000 turned out for a similar poll in Hong Kong. The former Portuguese colony returned to Chinese rule in 1999 ...

Jul 1, 2014

Race for 2022 Games down to three

Three cities look certain to make the final cut in the race to host the 2022 Winter Olympics after the withdrawal of the Ukrainian bid from Lviv. Lviv pulled out Monday because of the continuing political, security and economic crisis in Ukraine, becoming the ...

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

Apr 18, 2014

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China’s government released a multi-year study that shows nearly one-fifth of its farmland is contaminated with toxic metals — a stunning indictment of the unfettered industrialization that took place under the Communist Party’s authoritarian rule. ...