China climate change law to integrate environmental protection, energy management and urban-rural development regulations

China has made progress on preparing a law dedicated to tackling climate change, a senior official with the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said. Li Gao, director of the ministry’s Climate Change Department, added that the ministry will accelerate efforts to promote the legislative process, and incorporate mechanisms for dealing with the global climate crisis into other laws. Following a decision by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the law was proposed in 2009 and included in the top legislature’s legislative agenda, Li said in an exclusive interview with China Daily. A group consisting of members from a … Continue reading China climate change law to integrate environmental protection, energy management and urban-rural development regulations

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Chinese courts introduce punitive damages in environment lawsuits

Shared by China-Environment-News.com on Facebook BEIJING — A judicial explanation issued by China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) on Thursday confirmed that polluters will have to pay punitive damages to the victims in environment lawsuits. The move aims to punish and deter offenders as well as to fully compensate victims who suffer personal or financial loss due to environmental damage, said Yang Linping, vice president of the SPC, at a press conference. Punitive damages will be granted if the offender is proven to be intentional and his or her act has caused serious consequences, Yang said.The amount of punitive damages will … Continue reading Chinese courts introduce punitive damages in environment lawsuits

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