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more than one thousand heavy metals polluting enterprises are shut in the past two years in China (part 2)

If any enterprises fail to meet requirements of environmental protection on heavy metal, the production will be suspended for rectification, even the enterprises will be totally closed.
heavy metal pollution 

And if any heavy metal pollution incident happens, the related local government will shuffer the administrative punishment, such as regional restrictions, interviews and  responsibility investigation. 

All these policies and meansurements are expected to cease the serious trend of heavy metal pollution incidents. And in fact, China will spend 75 billion yuan ($11.15 billion) to curb heavy metal pollution in five years from 2011. 

more than one thousand heavy metals polluting enterprises are shut in the past two years in China (part 1)

The vice minister of Ministry of Environmental Protection, Wu Xiaoqing pointed out that in recent years, more than one thousand enterprises which cause  heavy metal pollution are closed in China.

He said that the heavy metal pollution incidents in China in recent years occurred in succession. These are serious threats to the people's physical and mental health. These pollution incidents also affect the social stability. 

Thus China feel serious on this issue, and released a series of policy measures in order to the comprehensive improvement of heavy metal pollution. Ministry of environmental protection has continuous carried out special actions to focus on environmental protection, cracking down on metal illegal enterprise for three years. 

The safety costs of nuclear power station are rising

60% of the capital costs of building for any nuclear power plants is related with nuclear safety, radiation protection and eco-friendly. And 25% - 40% of the costs of Nuclear Power Plant is used on eco-friendly issues.

Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant is the first commercial nuclear power plant in the 60s of last century. Its design and safety standards fully meet the requirements at the time. But it's also limited by the level of technology and industry restrictions at that time.

There is always room for improving the safety of nuclear power plants if the investment is enough. The only question is economical or not. Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant adopted the boiling water reactors, which were designed by General Electric (GE) in the 60s of last century. This kind of boiling water reactor is simple, stable, with low cost. But the security is not high after the accident.

Tianjin Eco-city Cleantech Focus (part 3)

A minority of anonymous conference attendees expressed the heavily critical view that the SSTEC exists simply as a trendy method of attracting venture and development capital from the blossoming community of investors supporting projects focusing on sustainability and renewable energy. While this thought may or may not be running through the heads of the powers-that-be, green business is certainly commanding attention and investment in business circles around the world.

Following early September's World Economic Forum meeting and the SSTEC conference, Tianjin is now set to host the United Nations Development Program's climate conference, with expected attendance around 3000. While the successes and failures of eco-cities, and the SSTEC, have yet to be determined, the Bohai Economic Rim's is all but written in the stars. With plans for the region's economic outlook booked, Tianjin will certainly continue to be a hot growth region for the People's Republic.

Tianjin Eco-city Cleantech Focus (part 2)

The catch lies in the blurry definition of what an eco-city actually is; what is appropriate, acceptable and ecologically responsible within a wide range of sustainability indicators? Globally, a question mark still hovers in clean technology circles over what is and what is not an eco-city. Indeed, how far must urban planners go in order to develop a metropolitan area with enough measures of sustainability to warrant recognition as an ecologically friendly area? The SSTEC is trying to tread this very wide line, to bridge the traditional urban industrial fossil-fuel-heavy model and the radically innovative concept of a zero carbon city. Unanimously, proponents of the SSTEC trumpet its green features, such as low household water consumption, large areas of public green space, and low per capita domestic waste generation. While the figures trumpeted by developers are by no means carbon neutral, and not nearly as high as expectations set by previous eco-city projects; their manageability make them attainable, and their presentation has made the entire Tianjin area incredibly sexy for investors and businesses looking to operate in the Bohai Economic Rim.

Tianjin Eco-city Cleantech Focus (part 1)

Tianjin is on fire.

At the center of the blaze is the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City (SSTEC), a joint-venture between Singapore and China, which aims to herald a new era of sustainable urban development. The eco-city is part of a long-term goal to transform a 30-square-kilometer piece of previously underutilized urban land into a fully-functional urban enclave, and to spark the movement in China to ‘green' its rampant industrialization.
Tianjin Eco-city

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