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LOCAL companies will be fined up to 50,000 yuan (US$8,025) for selling goods with too much packaging, according to a new law approved yesterday.

The new law to take effect in February next year aims to cut down on unnecessary use of resources and reduce the city's waste, according to Shanghai People's Congress.

China currently restricts packaging of two commodities: moon cakes and cosmetics
The European Commission is likely to launch an anti-dumping investigation against China's solar industry, the China New Energy Chamber of Commerce said on Wednesday as it called for dialogue to settle the dispute.

"The aftermath of Europe's investigation once launched will be much more severe than the one initiated by the US," said Liu Hanyuan, vice-president of the chamber, which represents C
THE Qidong city government announced yesterday that construction of a Japanese paper mill's pipeline to the sea near Shanghai had been suspended amid an outcry over potential pollution.

Qidong residents had petitioned against the construction on the grounds that it would pollute the nearby Lusi Fishery, and plans for a protest had prompted the response from the city government, the website of
THE government has started building charging stations along major expressways in Shanghai and neighboring provinces to encourage the use of pollution-free electric vehicles.

The lack of a more complete battery-charging network for the public is a big barrier hampering development of electric cars and buses, according to the transport authorities ...
China and Spain on Thursday pledged to expand bilateral cooperation in trade and renewable energy in a bid to advance the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

The pledge was made during a meeting between China's top legislator Wu Bangguo and Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), sai
SHANGHAI will use shallow geothermal energy to heat and cool buildings covering a total of 4 million square meters by 2015 across the city, the city's urban planning authority said yesterday.

By using the geothermal energy in every square kilometer, the city can save 28,000 tons of coal, cutting the emission of 245,000 tons carbon dioxide and 2,000 tons of sulfur dioxide every year, the Shangh
SINCE Gong Guifang's family bought its first cell phone in the 1990s, the three-member household has gone through nearly 20 mobiles.
LOCAL quality authorities said China lacks a standard on electromagnetic radiation released by energy-saving lights, which came after a warning from experts that the radiation could damage people's health.




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