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NEWS via WHO: Air pollution caused one in eight deaths

March 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

WHO: Air pollution caused one in eight deaths By Arshiya Khullar, for CNN March 25, 2014 — Updated 1417 GMT (2217 HKT) Poor women and children who spend time at home are exposed to indoor air pollution. STORY HIGHLIGHTS WHO describes air pollution as single largest environmental health risk Asian countries hardest hit by outdoor and indoor air pollution Majority of 7 million deaths linked with pollution are heart disease, stroke, lung diseases (CNN) — An estimated 7 million people died due to air pollution globally in 2012, with more than half of the deaths linked to indoor smoke from cook stoves, according to a report by the World Health Organization. Air pollution is now the “single largest environmental health risk,” the U.N. health agency stated in the report. The majority of the deaths associated with air pollution were heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. “Few risks have greater impact on global health [...]

NEWS via CNN: Plugging China’s talent pool

March 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Plugging China’s talent pool By Zarina Banu for CNN March 20, 2014 — Updated 0603 GMT (1403 HKT) Many are leaving China for reasons like education, food and wealth security and air quality. STORY HIGHLIGHTS China sees 8.5 million mainly middle-class living abroad with less than 10% moving in Paper in China calls exodus “the world’s worst brain drain” Hong Kong (CNN) — “Culture is not the main reason why most Chinese people leave. This is a romantic view. Most people leave China because of practical reasons like education, food and wealth security and air quality.” This is the view of Li Chen, who moved to Hong Kong from the mainland two years ago. A combination of pragmatism and aspiration led the 32-year-old Masters of Journalism student to leave. He said when his wife was offered the chance to relocate to Hong Kong, the timing for the couple was just right. The move allowed Li to pursue his passion for photography and will earn him [...]

News via ECNS.cn: China to improve environment legislation amid lingering smog

March 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Chinese top legislator Zhang Dejiang on Sunday pledged to enhance environmental legislation and oversight of pollutant emissions, as Beijing continued to be shrouded in a spell of lingering smog. The top legislature will work to revise the Environmental Protection Law and the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law to improve the environmental protection and management system, said Zhang, chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee. It is necessary to fully analyze the deep-rooted reasons for environmental problems and strive to fundamentally reverse environmental deterioration by improving laws and regulations, strengthening supervision over the process of environmental management, tightening oversight of the discharge of pollutants, and inflicting harsher punishments for illegal practices, he said. The policy of compensation for ecological damage must be implemented, Zhang said, citing a principle that developers are responsible for protecting the [...]
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