China gets tougher on environmental violations

China imposed stiffer punishments on companies that violated environmental laws last year, according to new research that illustrates Beijing’s growing resolve to push through aspects of a greener social agenda.

The research, conducted by financial index provider MSCI, recorded a near doubling in the cost of environmental penalties on selected companies in 2015 compared with the previous year and a near tripling in the likelihood that punitive action would be taken against offenders.

The study covered 155 Chinese companies that are constituents of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

Northern Thai provinces fighting against smog from Myanmar

BANGKOK, 16 March 2016 (NNT) – The northern provinces have imposed measures to prevent and control forest fires due to wildfire smoke from the neighboring country.

The Department of Pollution Control on Tuesday announced that the amount of particulate matter was last measured at 115 micrograms/cubic meter in Mueang district. In Mae Sai district on the Thai-Myanmar borders, the level of particulate matter was 152 micrograms/cubic meter which was higher than safe levels, said the department.

Farglory shopping mall fined NT$6 million for fourth pollution offense

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Farglory Group's (遠雄企業集團) shopping mall was fined NT$6 million for discharging wastewater into a creek for the fourth time on record, local authorities said on Monday.

A 100-meter sheet of white foam was found floating in the Kanggaokeng Creek (康誥坑溪) in New Taipei City last Wednesday, according to New Taipei City's Environmental Protection Department (環保局).

Local authorities said they traced the waste to Farglory's iFG Shopping Mall (遠雄購物中心), where foam had spilled from a wastewater tank into a discharge system intended for rainwater.

Ex environment minister and colleagues ask for a retrial of the Klong Dan case

The Central Administrative Court was on Tuesday asked for a retrial of the Klong Dan case in which the Pollution Control Department was ordered by the Supreme Administrative Court to pay the NVPSKG consortium about 10 billion baht for the corruption-plagued project.
The petition was submitted by former natural resources and environment minister Praphat Panyachartrak, Mr Apichai Chavacharoenpant, former director-general of Pollution Control Department and five former officials responsible for the contract between the department and the consortium.

CPC criticized over emissions data

State-run oil refiner CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC) failed to seek environmental approval for modifications made to its facility in Kaohsiung Siaogang District (小港) due to emissions issues, environmentalists said alleging that the company made up false emission numbers.

Following the closure of a major CPC oil refinery in Kaohsiung’s Houjin (後勁) area last year, the company proposed to expand a facility in Siaogang’s Dalinpu (大林埔) area to process reformates — substances that are converted from naphtha and used to make gasoline.

Pollution watch at centre of next odd-even plan

New Delhi: As the second phase of the odd-even scheme is approaching, the Delhi government is fleshing out a robust air pollution monitoring plan.

Delhi Pollution Control Committee recently floated a global tender for hand-held air pollution monitoring devices, which scientists hope would come before the plan kicks in. The major change in the scheme this time would be in the way monitoring is done and the locations selected, officials said.

China: Beijing man photographs three years' worth of smog from his window

Beijing (CNN) -- The view from Zou Yi's window is fickle. Some days he can see every detail of the Beijing Television skyscraper across the way. Some days he can hardly see it at all. Such is daily life for the millions who live under Beijing's polluted skies. What makes Zou unique is his steadfastness in documenting the city's air quality -- every day for three years. Each morning before going to work, Zou first takes a picture of the skyscraper from his thirteenth floor living room.

Environment behind nearly quarter of global deaths: WHO

GENEVA - One in four deaths worldwide are due to environmental factors like air, water and soil pollution, as well as unsafe roads and workplace stress, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

An estimated 12.6 million people died in 2012 as a result of living and working in unhealthy environments, 23 percent of all deaths reported globally, according to the new study.

"If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young," warned WHO chief Margaret Chan in a statement.

Hairy Nose film takes on China's pollution

Air pollution in China is no laughing matter, but one campaign group hopes its bizarre new film will provoke both laughs and action among urban Chinese.

"Hairy Nose" depicts a bleak future where people have evolved lengthy nasal hair to filter out the smog.

It ends with a warning that if people don't change their ways, pollution will change them.
The charity, WildAid, told the BBC they wanted people to stop waiting for government action to fix the problem.