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Green Whirlwind Sweeps China

Asia Times writes about the possible upgrade of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) into a Ministry of Environment. As if to boost its authority ahead of the anticipated upgrading, SEPA has been gearing up...

China Environment Agency Gets More Power

AP reports this week the Chinese government reviewed plans for the creation of a cabinet ministry to hold the State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA). Officials believe this will give SEPA more authority. The plans are...

China to Establish Environment Ministry This Year

According to Chemistry World magazine, the Chinese government is planning to replace SEPA with an environmental ministry this year: Hong Yaxiong, deputy director at SEPA’s department of policy, said that the move would...

China’s Green Credit Move Faces Obstacles

From Financial Times : China’s chief environmental watchdog says local officials are sabotaging a central government edict to restrict loans to heavily polluting industries, despite limited success in withholding credit in some...

Corporate Ecology Urged In China – Zhang Qi

From China Daily: In addition to prices, earnings ratios and dividends, there is now another benchmark for stock market investors to watch – corporate environmental performance. The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) is proposing to force publicly listed companies to regularly disclose environmental information through new rules that could be finalized in the next six […]

China Considers Environmental Tax on Polluters – Planet Ark

From Planet Ark: China is considering an environmental tax on polluters to cut emissions, a senior government official said on Monday. “We are actively promoting this idea. But we have to consult with relevant ministries,” Pan Yue, deputy head of the State Environmental Protection Administration , told reporters on the sidelines of the ruling Communist […]

China’s Environmental Situation Remains Serious – Xinhua

From Xinhua, via China Daily: China’s overall environmental situation is still “serious” with frequent pollution accidents affecting the quality of life for many people, said a report released by the environment watchdog on Monday. China’s investment in pollution control hit a record 256.78 billion yuan (US$34.24 billion) in 2006, up 7.5 percent year-on-year and accounting […]

Cleaning Up China – The New York Times

Will China have the chance to wipe out the pollution by itself before the country turns into an environmental disaster zone? Editorial from The New York Times: In 1991, Lawrence Summers ” then the World Bank’s chief economist and later Bill Clinton’s Treasury secretary ” wrote a memo suggesting that the bank should encourage the […]

Five Areas Removed from Environment Blacklist – Xinhua

From Xinhua via China Daily: China’s environmental watchdog has taken three cities, one county and one industrial zone off its blacklist as these places have passed environmental reassessment. The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) said in a notice on Sunday that the five areas have met the “essential requirements” of environmental protection after “earnest overhaul.” […]

Foreign Firms Face Equal Environmental Penalties – Sun Xiaohua

Hefei-based subsidiaries of Unilever and Hitachi“the only two foreign firms included in a spot environmental inspection earlier this summer”were both caught pumping out wastewater in violation of government limits. Now the State Environmental Protection Administration promises domestic-foreign parity in the handing out of punishment. From China Daily: A senior official at the environment watchdog yesterday […]

SEPA Proposes Enviro-economic Policy Road Map – Oriental Morning Post

China’s environmental watchdog is willing to become an underdog in producing real solutions to the snowballing pollution problem in China. Translated from Oriental Morning Post (‰∏úÊñπÊó©Êä•): SEPA, China’s equivalent of US EPA, has four times announced “environmental protection storms” over recent years, but the results are modest, admitted its outspoken deputy chief Pan Yue (ÊΩòÂ≤≥) […]

China Targets Drug Firms In Pollution Crackdown – Reuters

From Reuters: More than half China’s drug factories will have to improve their waste disposal or face shutdown under the first pollution standards for the industry to be unveiled this year, state media said on Wednesday. China’s environmental watchdog has closed down or suspended 649 firms and given dozens of others a deadline to clean […]

Green GDP Praying For Hu’s Help

China’s Green GDP accounting team faces the risk of being disbanded in coming weeks unless seniors leaders step in to save their stalled experiment, a high-level source close to the State Environmental Protection Administration tells CDT. Team auditors hope to get word soon from heads of the State Council about their future. “But our only […]

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