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Hainan Seeks to Create a World-class Zone of Ecological Civilization

Hainan province will seek greater cooperation with leading international institutions and think tanks as it creates a world-class ecological civilization zone using international standards.

While launching a large number of projects to help safeguard the top quality of its air, water and soil resources this year, Hainan will turn to ecologically excellent countries to learn from their experience and draw medium-and long-term plans for construction of the Hainan pilot ecological civilization zone. The implementation plan for the (Hainan) National Pilot Ecological Civilization Zone was approved, along with a plan for Hainan Tropical Rainforest Pilot National Park.

The goal is to firmly establish and fully implement the concept of “green water and green hills are gold and silver mountains” and accumulate experience for the construction of ecological civilization across China.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201901/29/WS5c4fa37fa3106c65c34e6fb0.html
China’s Pollution Control Meets 2018 Targets

BEIJING — China has successfully delivered all the obligatory targets set for 2018 and stayed in line with the timetable outlined by the 13th Five-Year Plan, claimed by Chinese Ecology and Environment Minister Li Ganjie.

Air quality has continued to improve with 338 major cities reporting good air quality on 79.3 percent of days, up 1.3 percentage points from the previous year; in terms of soil pollution control, China had reduced solid waste imports by 46.5 percent year on year; thorough action has been taken to clean up 1,009 “black and malodorous” water bodies in 36 major cities and 1,586 water sources.

China has pledged to coordinate its efforts on environmental protection and economic development in 2019.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201901/20/WS5c443297a3106c65c34e5716.html
Beijing City to Reinforce Greening Efforts

BEIJING — The mayor of Beijing said Monday that more efforts would be made to green the city in the new year, including creating more parks, planting more trees and expanding greenbelt areas downtown.

The annual government work report, delivered by Chen Jining at the opening meeting of the annual session of the Beijing Municipal People’s Congress, said 1,600 hectares of land would be vacated for greening purposes in 2019.

The city has planned to add 16,667 hectares of forest this year, in addition to the 17,933 hectares completed in 2018, according to the report.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201901/14/WS5c3c4c46a3106c65c34e4557.html
Blue Sky Thinking

The completion of the world’s largest air purifier in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province, has brought promising results and prompted a noticeable improvement in local air quality. The 60-meter-high air purification tower, officially known as the Hybrid Solar Assisted Large Scale Cleaning System, is a scientific project undertaken by the Institute of Earth Environment at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and Xi’an Jiaotong University. It is the first cleaning system of its kind in the world to combine several advanced new energy technologies that can remove atmospheric pollutants effectively and prevent smog from forming.

The technologies used in the cleaning system are already being applied and promoted in many cities. It has not yet been officially completed, but the research team has already submitted plans to various bodies, and more towers are expected to be built in Xi’an.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201901/07/WS5c32a74fa31068606745f286.html