Beijing to create environmental police force
Beijing plans to establish an environmental police force by the end of March, amid tightened controls on air pollution, the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said after the capital and other northern cities dealt with a new bout of smog.
The smog descended on Sunday across northern and central regions, including Beijing and Tianjin as well as the provinces of Hebei, Shandong and Henan, with the pollution due to worsen, reaching hazardous levels on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Li Jianjun, director of the environmental prewarning department at China National Environmental Monitoring Center.
The smog will begin to disperse on Thursday as winds arrive, Li added.
The capital’s planned environmental police force will focus on reducing environmental crimes.
A white-browed gibbon living in the Gaoligong Mountain (Gaoligongshan) National Nature Reserve in Southwest China’s Yunnan province. A Chinese-led international team of scientists has identified it as a new species of apes after discovering significant differences between gibbons living in China and their counterparts in other countries. After carrying out physical and genetic comparisons with other gibbons, scientists concluded that the primates living in Gaoligong mountainous area belong to a different species. They’ve named the new species the Gaoligong hoolock gibbon or skywalker hoolock gibbon (Hoolock tianxing), meaning “skywalker” or “heaven’s movement”.