India village gets 'world's cheapest' clean water

Apr 17, 2015

India village gets 'world's cheapest' clean water

Charity workers have teamed with an impoverished village in eastern India to develop what they say is the world’s cheapest bottle of drinking water — costing less than one U.S. cent. After years of suffering illnesses from drinking polluted ground water, residents of Madusudankati ...

Apr 9, 2015

30,000 evacuated in China chemical plant fire

Almost 30,000 people living near a chemical plant in China where a huge fire blazed for nearly 50 hours were evacuated before the flames were finally extinguished Thursday, media said. The fire at the factory producing paraxylene — a chemical commonly known as PX ...

China to toughen inspection on air quality data

Apr 2, 2015

China to toughen inspection on air quality data

China’s vice minister for environmental protection has announced a two-year inspection campaign to root out fake air quality data and accused some local governments of manipulating the data to meet national standards, state media said. The move comes as China has sought to improve ...

Mar 29, 2015

Mexico sets 25% pollution cut goal by 2030 for climate talks

Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall’s Paris climate change talks, pledging to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030. Short-lived pollutants include “black carbon,” essentially soot produced by burning wood, dung, ...

China 'falling short' on fighting pollution: Li

Mar 15, 2015

China 'falling short' on fighting pollution: Li

China is falling short of its people’s expectations in battling smog, Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday, one week after authorities blocked a scathing documentary on the country’s air pollution problem. Li, who is second only to President Xi Jinping in the Communist hierarchy, made ...

Mar 14, 2015

Less pollution spells big gains for children's lungs

A study conducted over 20 years in the Los Angeles area showed that the region’s improving air quality has led to children having better functioning lungs, researchers say. The findings, which tracked 2,000 young people from age 11 to 15, were published in the ...

Environmental issues top major legislative meeting in China

Mar 8, 2015

Environmental issues top major legislative meeting in China

China’s severe environmental problems and government pledges to fix them have dominated the start of the country’s annual legislative meeting as leaders try to ease public worries about air, water and soil contamination that threaten to derail the country’s economic rise and cast doubts ...