Bei­jing to cre­ate en­vi­ron­men­tal po­lice force

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

ZHAO CHAO / PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

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”.

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