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Too Much Sitting Raises Risk of Death, Even If You Exercise
   2015-01-20 20:29:23    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo

 

SHANGHAI DAILY

Car-sharing scheme takes off

The country's first electric car-sharing program officially has got under way at Shanghai International Auto City, following a trial last year.

More than 3-thosuand people have already subscribed to the EVCARD system, which lets them rent electric cars from 50 outlets in Jiading District.

A smartcard and a smartphone app are used to make bookings and payments.

The scheme currently makes use of 350 Roewe E50 electric cars though the fleet is set to grow to 2-thosuand with the introduction of Zinoro 1E and Springo models from BMW Brilliance and Shanghai General Motors respectively.

The EVCARD program is designed to promote the car-sharing concept in Shanghai, which its organizers hope will help to ease traffic congestion in the city.

XINHUA

N. China polluted city improves air quality by hefty investment

Shijiazhuang, one of the major polluted cities in north China's Hebei Province, saw remarkable improvement of air quality after a hefty investment last year, according to the city's mayor.

The capital city of Hebei witnessed 114 days of excellent or good air quality in 2014, or 71 days more than in 2013. The number of seriously polluted days also fell by 51.

The city's density of PM2.5 and PM10, two key air pollution indicators, dropped by around 20 percent and 30 percent respectively.

Shijiazhuang was often listed as one of the country's worst polluted cities.

Last year, the city reduced 7 million tons of coal consumption, 1 million tons of iron and steel capacity and 18 million tons of cement production capacity.

Hebei, which neighbors Beijing, is struggling to cut its excessive capacities to handle air pollution.

GLOBAL TIMES

Russia opens mail delivery service to China by rail

The Russian Post has launched its mail delivery service to China by rail, the company announced on its website on Monday.

Before this, all mail sent from China to Russia had to be delivered by air or by road.

The opening of the new service is the result of a strategic cooperation agreement signed between authorities representing Russian Railways and Chinese Railways last year.

Packages will be gathered via connected lines inside China before being transported along the Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest railway line in the world.

Railway delivery service reduces excess operations in logistics and will lower transportation costs, the company said.

The Russian Post also runs a mail delivery service by rail between Moscow and Beijing, and it plans to expand railway delivery services to more Chinese cities after its new logistical hubs are put into operation.

CBS NEWS

Too much sitting raises risk of death, even if you exercise

A new study links sitting for prolonged periods of time to increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and early death -- even in people who get regular exercise.

It found that the health hazards seem to be greatest for people who sit 8 or 9 hours a day. The impact was even more pronounced in people who did not exercise regularly.

The average person spends more than half their waking hours sedentary, doing such things as working at a computer, watching TV or sitting in traffic.

Doctors suggest standing up and taking a quick, 1- to 3-minute break every half hour or so throughout the day. Standing burns twice as many calories as sitting.

Some offices have taken this to heart and given workers standing desks to help boost their health and fitness levels while they work.

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