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BEIJING, December 6 -- China will boost the development of biomass energy in the next five years to reduce coal consumption and improve air quality, the National Energy Administration said Monday. 

China aims to achieve the target of using biomass energy equivalent of 58 million of tons of coal yearly by 2020, according to the administration's 2016-2020 biomass energy development plan. 

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NANJING, July 6, China.org.cn -- The Ministry of Environmental Protection has started to use biological indicators, such as butterflies and birds, to monitor and predict nationwide environmental changes.

The program will involve the participation of 53 colleges and institutes across the country, and the statistics collected will be used to analyze climate change and its impacts on vegetation.

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BEIJING, June 2 , Xinhua -- Only 73 of 338 Chinese cities subject to air quality monitoring met the national standard for clean air in 2015, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

thumb Climate change - 6.3 China way off air pollution target in 2015

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SHANDONG, May 11, China.org.cn -- East China's Shandong Province is incentivizing cities to improve air quality by giving cash rewards to those that make progress and fining those that don't.

In the first quarter of this year, the province awarded a combined 39.37 million yuan (6.09 million U.S. dollars) to 15 cities under its jurisdiction in which the air quality had improved year on year.

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TIANJIN, April 28, Xinhua -- Though summer is approaching, Niu Guirong has no plans to install an air conditioner. The electricity-hogging appliances don't fit well with her frugal lifestyle.

The retiree's pension is higher than the average in Xuchang County, central China's Henan Province. Still, Niu, 61, and her husband try to save every penny they can.

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