Forests in China covered 20.36 percent of its land territory as of the end of 2012, up from 16.55 percent in 1998, Zhao Shucong, head of the State Forestry Administration, said at a tree planting ceremony on Thursday marking the first International Day of Forests.
Thursday marks the start of a three-day water conservation campaign in Beijing for 2013 World Water Day.
Beijing's water resources can supply only 40 percent of the city’s population, according to a blue book by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Chinese authorities said on Thursday that the country strengthened intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in 2012, with courts handling more IPR-related cases and police cracking down on IPR violations involving billions of US dollars.
To prompt the development of an eco-civilization and achieve poverty alleviation in China and the world, the Global Consortium for Eco-civilization Scientists Union was established in Beijing with more than 100 scientists from home and abroad attending on March 21.
Downloading online music will cease to be free in China from July, a famous music composer said.
A recent survey has found that nearly 50 percent of the urban residents in Guangdong province think the air quality in the urban areas is worsening.
The terraced fields in Yuanyang county, Yunnan province, which have a history of more than 1,300 years and have been declared a World Culture Heritage site in 2013, are being threatened by an invasion of crayfish.
Subway commuters may be excused from punishment by their employers when they are late for work due to train delays or other malfunctions, as the Beijing subway operator said they would testify for the latecomers.
The World Sleep Day falls on March 21 this year.