More than 700 villagers in Qinzhou, a city in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, have been trapped in their homes by typhoon-triggered flooding, the local government said Saturday.

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit sea area off Taiwan' Taitung county around 4:20 am Beijing time on Saturday, said the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

Fifteen miners were rescued and one was still missing after a coal mine accident in Fugu county in Yulin, a city in Northwest China's Shaanxi province.

China cut its energy usage by 2.01 percent last year to 0.79 tons of standard coal equivalent for every 10,000 yuan ($1,570) of China's GDP, according to government data issued Thursday.

Shanghai on Thursday launched a pilot carbon emission rights trading scheme in a bid to encourage carbon emission reductions.

Herders of the Tibetan ethnic group are leading the charge in protecting grasslands and biodiversity in their communities, thanks to support from the government and environmental groups.

China has vowed to protect the environment while it builds a 634-km road crossing in the most vulnerable parts of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.

XI'AN - At least 18 people were still trapped underground after a roof collapsed in a colliery in northwest China's Shaanxi Province late on Thursday, according to local authorities.

While encouraging the development of the mining industry in the Greater Khingan Range, the country's largest virgin forest, local authorities are promising that they will do their best to minimize

Russia on Monday night launched two telecommunications satellites aboard a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.