China's Smog Clear-up Faces Challenges
   2014-06-04 21:08:00      Web Editor: Min


China's Smog Clear-up Faces Challenges: Vice Minister

China still faces major challenges in improving its air quality nationwide.

Li Ganjie, vice minister of environmental protection, made the comment at a press conference on Wednesday.

Li said only three cities of the 74 major Chinese cities subject to air quality monitoring met the national standard for good air in 2013.

The 10 most polluted cities in 2013 included seven in north China's Hebei Province, Jinan in east China's Shandong Province, Xi'an in northwest China's Shaanxi Province and Zhengzhou in central Henan Province. Most of these are located near Beijing.

Li urged addressing the key areas of industrial structure, energy efficiency, vehicle emissions and dust from construction sites in improving air quality.

Li stressed the importance of the timely disclosure of information and the public's participation in protecting the air.


China Opens School for Elder-care Experts

Ningbo has opened China's first school of elderly care and management as the nation copes with the growing number of senior citizens.

The school, at the Ningbo College of Health Sciences in Zhejiang province, has five departments, including elderly nursing, nutrition, and linguistics and auditory rehabilitation.

The school has 450 undergraduates.

Graduates are expected to work in community service centers, nursing homes and at healthcare agencies.

The college says more majors, such as elderly services and elderly healthcare, are being planned.

The school also provides short-term professional training courses for those who are already working in these fields.


Fewer Elderly Korean Parents Live With Their Children

The number of elderly parents living separately from their children has increased dramatically over the past 20 years.

The Korea Institute for Health and Social Services released the report.

The report says the number of parents who live with their children, decreased from over a half in 1994 to less than a third seven years later.

Meanwhile, a researcher says seniors are in better health while the public perception of supporting ageing parents has changed.

The report adds more than 70 percent of parents who live apart from their children said they still receive emotional and financial support from them.


Global Warming: Breakthrough Material Absorbs CO2

Chemists have said they had invented a material that easily removes carbon dioxide from natural gas, making the fuel more climate-friendly.

The porous substance can cheaply separate carbon dioxide at wellheads and safely store it for industrial use or for re-injection into the gas field.

Current processes for removing carbon dioxide involve chemical scrubbing. It is a costly procedure in which the carbon in natural gas is dissolved into liquid compounds heated to 140 degrees Celsius.

The new material comprises a carbon powder, studded with microscopic holes and infused with nitrogen or sulphur atoms, which turns carbon dioxide gas into solid chains of polymer molecules.

The polymers become trapped in the material's pores, while the natural gas is let through.


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