The carbon tax has become one of the most politically divisive and bitterly fought tax reforms of this century and governments around the world, and in particular Asia, are debating the issue.

The National Development and Reform Commission announced Thursday that China will initiate a trial to charge residents more for electricity if their usage exceeds a certain level.

Pneumonia and diarrhea are the two leading causes of infant mortality, together accounting for nearly one-third of all deaths among children under 5 around the world.

The Shenzhou IX manned spacecraft will be launched at 6:37 pm Saturday, according to a decision made by China's manned space docking program headquarters.

Despite leading in some aspects of green technology, such as solar and wind power, China still faces a fight to reduce its level of emissions.

China considers ways of reducing emissions

An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted Luntai county in northwestern Xinjiang at 5:51 am (Beijing Time) on Friday, according to the China Earthquake Network Center(CENC).

China will have more than 600 environment friendly mines by 2015, Dong Zuoji, director of the planning department of the Ministry of Land and Resources, said on Thursday.

China has achieved the Asia-Pacific regional goal of reducing chronic hepatitis B infection rates to less than 1% among children up to age 5, the World Health Organization said, calling it a remark

All the ten workers buried in Tuesday's avalanche in northwest China's Gansu province were confirmed dead as bodies of the last six were retrieved late Thursday afternoon, rescuers said.

China's total forest area has increased to 195 million hectares from 134 million hectares in 1992, marking a net gain of 60 million hectares within 20 years, the State Forestry Administration (SFA)