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China to boost rail freight by 30 percent by 2020 in anti-smog push
5 July 2018 - China will boost rail freight capacity by 2020 and raise the volume of goods delivered by trains by as much as 30 percent, an environment ministry official said on Thursday (5 July), as the country grapples with rising vehicle pollution. Ding Yan, vice-director of the vehicle emissions control center at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said trucks produced 13 times more pollution per unit of cargo than trains. (more)

China's Jiangsu launches 'green loans' to fund pollution fight
4 July 2018 - Eastern China's Jiangsu province, a major manufacturing region in the Yangtze river delta, has launched an 8 billion yuan ($1.2 billion) environmental credit fund to help promote green development and fight pollution, the local government said. Jiangsu, which neighbors China's financial center of Shanghai, has been one of the focal points of the country's environmental clean-up efforts since 2013. (more)

China's all in on electric vehicles: here's how that will accelerate sales in other nations
30 May 2018 - Chinese consumers are on track to buy more than 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) this year after sales grew 53% in 2017. And China's leadership is charting a course to an all-electric future, targeting 2 million annual EV sales by 2020 and a complete ban on internal-combustion engines, which officials predicts will happen before 2040. (more)

How a Chinese city turned all its 16,000 buses electric
4 May 2018 - U.S. cities have started to show some enthusiasm for electric buses. New York City is trialing electric models as part of a larger bid to reduce emissions. And last month, Los Angeles announced it will spend $36.1 million on electric buses, part of the city's far-reaching plan to transition to a zero-emission fleet by 2030. LA joins other cities making big plans to adopt electric buses, which run quieter and cleaner and reduce urban carbon emissions, including London and Paris, which pledged to go electric by 2025. Then, there's China, and the city of Shenzhen. The 12.5 million-person metropolis made headlines last year as the first to operate an all-electric bus system. It's a significant achievement, especially considering the size of the city's fleet, which totals 16,359 vehicles ... (more)

After a coal plant closed, children's health improved
2 April 2018 - Coal-burning power plants emit air pollution that harms people's health. So, when a plant in Tongliang, China, was scheduled to close in 2004, researchers wondered how the change in air quality would affect the health of children born in the surrounding city. Frederica Perera is the director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health. She studied two groups of children from Tongliang: one born two years before the power plant closed, and one born a year after the closure. The findings were significant. (more)

China: New solar cell works rain or shine
22 March 2018 - Rain can put a damper on solar panels. But researchers at Soochow University in China have made a hybrid solar cell that works in gloomy weather: it generates electricity from the movement of raindrops sliding on its surface. (more)

Millions in China journey home for Lunar New Year
13 February 2018 - Millions in China were boarding trains, planes, and automobiles Wednesday (14 February)as the Lunar New Year travel rush, the world's largest seasonal human migration, reached its climax. China's most important festival falls on Friday and people were traveling to either return to their hometowns or flock to vacation destinations. (more)

China's Hebei province to cut coal use by 5 million tonnes this year: Xinhua
27 January 2018 - China's northern Hebei province plans to reduce its annual coal consumption by 5 million tonnes this year by promoting the use of clean and renewable energy, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday (27 January). (more)

China, moving to cut emissions, halts production of 500 car models
2 January 2018 - China is suspending the production of more than 500 car models and model versions that do not meet its fuel economy standards, several automakers confirmed Tuesday, the latest move by Beijing to reduce emissions in the world's largest auto market and take the lead in battling climate change. The move was expected to affect a small share of car manufacturing in China, where 28 million vehicles were produced in 2016. (more)

China: Beijing may be starting to win its battle against smog
29 December 2017 - Beijing may have turned a corner in its battle against the city's notorious smog, according to Reuters calculations, and environmental consultants say the Chinese government deserves much of the credit for introducing tough anti-pollution measures. The Chinese capital is set to record its biggest improvement in air quality in at least nine years, with a nearly 20 per cent change for the better this year, based on average concentration levels of hazardous breathable particles known as PM2.5 (more)

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US: Maharishi University of Management - Chinese delegations continue to visit campus
30 November 2016 - China's interest in Maharishi University of Management continues, with two delegations visiting the campus in Iowa, USA recently, including entrepreneurs, artists, and journalists. A business conglomerate covering real estate, urban development, schools, greenhouses and agriculture sent a 12-member delegation in late October. The chairman is 'very interested in what we have done and achieved as a university and as a Transcendental Meditation organization,' said Zhu Yunxiang, MUM vice president of Asia Expansion. Later, a second delegation included a group of 25 Chinese artists, organizers, and journalists representing the Chinese Xinhua News Agency, the Beijing Daily Group, and the Beijing TV station. The goal of the Chinese delegations is to introduce the beauty of the Chinese cultural heritage and promote understanding and friendship between the two countries. (more)

Planning for more students from Beijing and Taiwan to arrive at MUM next year
12 June 2014 - Prompted by interest in Consciousness-Based Education, six universities in China and one in Taiwan are now partnering with Maharishi University of Management and formulating plans to send students to study at the MUM campus in the USA. (more)

Maharishi University of Management: New relationships with China
24 July 2013 - Recently reviewing the university's many achievements, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, described new relationships with Chinese universities that have developed in the past year. These began during Dr Morris's tour of China last year, which included visits to several institutions of higher learning where he gave presentations about MUM's Consciousness-Based system of education and the development of integrated brain functioning in students through their practice of Transcendental Meditation. (more)

Chinese university to offer scholarships to MUM students for study in China
31 January 2013 - A new partnership agreement with Beijing Union University--Maharishi University of Management's fifth partner institution in China--will include scholarships for MUM students to study at BUU in China for a semester or a year, taking classes taught in English or in both Chinese and English. The scholarships, which can accommodate a significant number of students, will cover all tuition costs. (more)

Ancient Chinese philosopher described Transcendental Consciousness
18 August 2011 - A new essay analyzes beautiful passages from the writings of Zhuangzi, also known as Chuang Tzu--esteemed alongside Laozi as one of the founders of Daoism in China--drawing on the knowledge and experience of the transcendental field of life provided by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation Programme. (more)

China: Universities collaborate with Maharishi University of Management
15 July 2011 - Four Chinese universities have formed partnerships with Maharishi University of Management in the United States, and secondary schools in the country have expressed interest in Consciousness-Based Education as well. (more)

Students arrive at MUM from new Chinese partner schools
14 June 2011 - Sixteen new students arrived from China at Maharishi University of Management this spring, the first group from the University's new partner institutions. 'MUM is a harmonious and green campus,' said one of the new students. 'The relationships among students are very friendly. Although we came from different countries and cultural backgrounds, we really feel like a big family, caring for and loving each other.' (more)

Maharishi School achievements inspire educators, parents, students in China
19 April 2011 - At 15 recent school fairs in China, presentations about Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA began with what most interested students and their families: Maharishi School students' achievements, and testimonials from Chinese students enrolled at the school. Parents and students engaged in lively discussions about the unique, low-stress environment of the Maharishi School campus. They were also impressed with the acceptance of Maharishi School graduates into top medical schools and universities including Yale, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley. (more)

Maharishi School principal tours China, awakens interest in students
19 April 2011 - The recent trip to China by Dr Richard Beall, principal of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, helped awaken the interest of Chinese educators, parents and students in Consciousness-Based Education. (more)

Maharishi School principal visits three schools in China
19 April 2011 - Dr Richard Beall, principal of Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, recently visited several primary and secondary schools in China which are interested in implementing Consciousness-Based Education, or in forming partnerships with Maharishi School. (more)

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China's ozone levels hit record high in June: Greenpeace
18 July 2018 - Despite China's four-year battle against air pollution, ozone has become 'an emerging health threat', Greenpeace said. Average levels in the capital Beijing stood at 120 micrograms per cubic meter in June, around double the rates in ozone hotspots like California and Mexico City. Ground-level ozone, known as 'sunburn for the lungs', is caused by the interaction of sunlight with nitrogen dioxide and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). (more)

Northern China ozone pollution getting worse: study
11 April 2018 - Concentrations of hazardous ground-level ozone have worsened in northern China despite country-wide efforts to tackle air pollution, according to a study published by Peking University on Tuesday (10 April). Also known as 'sunburn for the lungs', ozone is caused by the interaction of sunlight with nitrogen oxides and the vast amounts of uncontrolled volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by burning fossil fuels. Traffic congestion is a major cause. (more)

Increased stress at work linked to higher risk of diabetes
11 January 2018 - Workers who experience an increase in stress on the job over time may be more likely to develop diabetes than their coworkers who don't, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on 3,730 petroleum industry workers in China. At the start of the study, none of the workers had diabetes. ... Worldwide, nearly one in 10 adults had diabetes in 2014, and the disease will be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030, according to the World Health Organization. (more)

For Chinese millennials, despondency has a brand name
4 September 2017 - Chinese millennials with a dim view of their career and marriage prospects can wallow in despair with a range of teas such as 'achieved-absolutely-nothing black tea', and 'my-ex's-life-is-better-than-mine fruit tea'. While the drink names at the Sung chain of tea stalls are tongue-in-cheek, the sentiment they reflect is serious: a significant number of young Chinese with high expectations have become discouraged and embrace an attitude known on social media as 'sang', after a Chinese character associated with the word 'funeral' that describes being dispirited. It's a reaction to cut-throat competition for good jobs in an economy that isn't as robust as it was a few years ago and when home-ownership -- long seen as a near-requirement for marriage in China -- is increasingly unattainable in major cities as apartment prices have soared. While 'sang' can be a pose or affectation, despondency among a segment of educated young people is a genuine concern for President Xi Jinping and his government, which prizes stability. ... The average starting salary for college graduates dropped by 16 percent this year to 4,014 yuan ($608) per month amid intensifying competition for jobs as a record 8 million graduate from Chinese universities -- nearly ten times the number in 1997. (more)

Swathes of south China under water, heat strikes north
3 July 2017 - Torrential rain lashed parts of central and south China on Monday [3 July], with floods damaging crops, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and killing at least 33, while the north wilted in a heat wave and drought-like conditions. (more)

Smog engulfs cities in northern China for fourth day
20 December 2016 - A plane carrying the chief executive of the world's biggest oil exporter was prevented from landing in the Chinese capital of Beijing on Tuesday because of thick smog blanketing large swathes of northern China. China declared a 'war on pollution' in 2014 amid concern its heavy industrial past was tarnishing its global reputation and holding back its future development. But it has struggled to reverse the damage done by decades of breakneck economic growth, much of it based on the coal-burning power sector. Despite months of efforts to hone its rapid response systems, air quality deteriorated in parts of the region on Tuesday, with the environment ministry warning that firms were flouting emergency restrictions. (more)

Air pollution in northern Chinese city surpasses WHO guideline by 100 times
19 December 2016 - Concentrations of airborne pollutants in a major northern Chinese city exceeded a World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline by 100 times on Monday as north China battled with poor air quality for the third straight day. Pollution alerts have become increasingly common in China's northern industrial heartland, especially during winter when energy demand -- much of it met by coal -- skyrockets. (more)

Chemical weapon for sale: China's unregulated narcotic
7 October 2016 - For a few thousand dollars, Chinese companies offer to export a powerful chemical that has been killing unsuspecting drug users and is so lethal that it presents a potential terrorism threat, an Associated Press investigation has found. The AP identified 12 Chinese businesses that said they would export the chemical -- a synthetic opioid known as carfentanil -- to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, and Australia for as little as $2,750 a kilogram (2.2 pounds), no quesions asked. Carfentanil burst into view this summer, the latest scourge in an epidemic of opioid abuse that has killed tens of thousands of people in the United States alone. Despite the dangers, carfentanil is not a controlled substance in China, where it is manufactured legally and sold openly online. The U.S. government is pressing China to blacklist carfentanil, but Beijing has yet to act, leaving a substance whose lethal qualities have been compared with nerve gas to flow into foreign markets unabated. China's Ministry of Public Security declined multiple requests for comment from the AP. Before being discovered by drug dealers, carfentanil and substances like it were viewed as chemical weapons. Carfentanil is so deadly that an amount smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person. (more)

China backs GMO soybeans in push for high-tech agriculture
10 August 2016 - China will push for the commercialization of genetically modified soybeans over the next five years. China, which has spent billions of dollars researching GMO crops, has already embraced the technology for cotton but has not yet permitted the cultivation of any biotech food crops amid fears from some consumers over perceived health risks. The blueprint, published on the government's website on Monday, recommended 'pushing forward the commercialization of new pest-resistant cotton, pest-resistant corn, and herbicide-resistant soybeans'. (more)

Natural disasters in China kill more than 800 since June
26 July 2016 - More than 800 people have died and about 200 are missing in a series of natural disasters that have struck China since June, the worst casualty figures since a similar period in 2011, state media said on Tuesday, 26 June. Large parts of central, eastern, and northern China have been hit by flooding this summer, while a typhoon left a wave of destruction this month and a freak tornado killed at least 98 in the eastern province of Jiangsu in June. Since the year began, 1,074 people have died in natural disasters. (more)


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