Year’s first rainfall for Beijing

The first rainfall of the year fell in Beijing Tuesday, after weeks of haze, dust and drought. The city’s weather bureau said precipitation averaged 4 mm in the six hours from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. The average volume reached 4.2 mm in downtown areas, and 4.9 mm in the northwestern suburbs. The Baihepu Reservoir […]

Chongqing household power consumption declines

Chongqing Electric Power Corp.(the Corporation) issued the change of household power consumption after the implementation of multi-step electricity prices in July, 2012, on February 22, 2013. The average consumption amount hit 199 KWH in 2012, down 9.5% year on year. The execution of multi-step electricity prices policy does promote the electricity conservation and bring about […]

Chongqing to build 30 electric vehicle charging stations

Chongqing will construct one charging station for pure electric vehicls and ten for hybrid-power vehicles with tens of millions yuan in 2013, according to Chongqing Electric Power Corp. on February 22. For the promotion of new energy vehicles, Chongqing is to build 30 charging stations and 1,000 auto charging piles in total for the 30,000 […]

Chongqing’s electricity goes green

The total power consumption of Chongqing in 2012 hit 54 billion KWH, according to Chongqing Electric Power Corp. on February 22, 2013, and 44.77% of which was clean energy generated from hydro and wind power. The figure is far above China’s average clean energy rate of 30%. Chongqing Electric Power Corp. has saved 14 million […]

Beijing’s fireworks spree ends amid smog

Fireworks were set off amid heavy smog in Beijing on Sunday night to mark the Lantern Festival, the end to Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations and the city’s 16-day fireworks spree. On Sunday, the average density of PM2.5 hit 300 micrograms per cubic meter in some parts of the city, up from 200 micrograms per […]

China deploys uranium enrichment centrifuge

China’s largest atomic energy developer on Friday announced the successful installation of a domestically produced uranium enrichment centrifuge for industrial use. The centrifuge was built in a uranium enrichment plant in northwest China’s city of Lanzhou, according to a statement from the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). Uranium centrifuges are necessary to obtain concentrated U235, […]

China to close over 5,000 non-coal mines in 2013

China’s safety watchdog said Wednesday it will suspend or shut down operations in over 5,000 non-coal mines that do not meet safety standards this year. The government will take steps to reduce accidents in non-coal mines and keep the death toll below 900 this year, according to a document released Wednesday by the State Administration […]

China to build culture inheritance zone

The central government has approved a plan to protect and showcase cultural resources in northwest China’s Gansu province as part of efforts to promote cultural prosperity and support economically underdeveloped regions. Minister of Culture Cai Wu announced on Tuesday that the General Office of the State Council, or China’s cabinet, on Jan. 21 approved the […]

China to introduce carbon tax

China will proactively introduce a set of new taxation policies designed to preserve the environment, including a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, according to a senior official with the Ministry of Finance (MOF). The government will collect the environmental protection tax instead of pollutant discharge fees, as well as levy a tax on carbon dioxide […]

Chinese cities see excessive air pollution during holiday

Festival fireworks caused readings of PM2.5 to skyrocket in many cities during the Spring Festival holiday, indicating worsened air quality, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said. Figures released Sunday by the ministry show that 42.7 percent of 74 Chinese cities reported higher-than-normal PM2.5 reading. The highest average reading in a single day was 426 micrograms […]