Cleaner waters in China, environmentally-sound video gaming, an end to routine gas flaring and human rights in Vietnam
The Chinese government has published what has been called a “landmark” action plan setting out how it intends to clean up the country's depleted and polluted water resources. The plan, issued by China's State Council, requires 10 industrial sectors (coking, electroplating, fertilizers, food processing, leather, metals, paper, pesticides, petrochemicals and textile dyeing) to make pledges on how they will clean up their operations to reduce water pollution. The worst polluters will be shut down, and a grading system for local and provincial officials on how well they manage water resources will be established. The plan will tackle contamination that affects an estimated 60% of China's groundwater, and will also seek to ensure that water demand does not outstrip supply, which on current trends is expected to happen by 2030. Readers of Chinese can find the plan here.
A voluntary agreement between Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony to improve the environmental performance of video game consoles has been endorsed by the European Commission. Under the agreement, the companies will make their game consoles more energy efficient, and will also introduce design changes and publish technical documents so that the consoles are easier to disassemble and recycle. The annual...