In a series of draft documents, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) deemed expanding ports for coal shipment through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef “environmentally and socially unacceptable”. However, the drafts were apparently never sent to the Australian Department of the Environment.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan unveiled its first draft energy policy since the Fukushima meltdown three years ago, saying nuclear power remains an important source of electricity for the country.
BEIJING (AP) — China’s environment ministry said Sunday that it had sent inspectors to Beijing and other areas of the country to inspect polluting industries and check construction sites amid a spell of severe air pollution.
These days when discussing air pollution, the topic usually culminates in China, where smog has become something of an emergency. This winter “airpocalypse” joined the litany of journalistic portmanteaus when airborne particulates in Beijing blocked out the sun, like some mythical, evil fog. Another of the horror stories of the
Polluting companies around China might be forgiven for feeling under pressure. They have good reason to be, after China announced its latest measures to fight environmental damage. On February 11, it emerged that in 2013 China’s environmental watchdog blocked 32 projects – the combined value of which amounted to 118.4 billion yuan ($19.5 billion) – on grounds that they broke rules protecting the environment.
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