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Tree planting expanding China's forests

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.

Campaign to promote water conservation in Beijing

Thursday marks the start of a three-day water conservation campaign in Beijing for 2013 World Water Day.

Beijing's water resources meets only 40% of demand

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.

China handles more IPR crimes in 2012

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.

Consortium set up to promote eco-civilization

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.

Charges to download music in effect from July

Downloading online music will cease to be free in China from July, a famous music composer said.

Guangdong air quality worsening: survey

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.

Yunnan fights against crayfish invasion

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 to help late commuters escape punishment

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.

Learning to sleep easy is no snooze

The World Sleep Day falls on March 21 this year.