China is to introduce a specialized value-added tax invoice system for rare earth producers on Friday in an effort to curb rampant illegal mining and production of the metals.

Despite a four-year ban on the practice, a report carried in Friday's edition of the Beijing Times indicated that many vendors are still giving free plastic bags to their customers.

China's capital is expected to exceed its historical record of water consumption this summer, local water authorities said Friday.

Authorities with Shanghai's environmental protection bureau said on Friday afternoon that it's illegal for the US consulate in Shanghai to publish assessments of air quality to the general public.

A forest fire broke out Saturday morning on a nature reserve in the Greater Hinggan Mountains in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, local authorities said.

There are ways to clean heavy-metal-polluted soil, according scientists that attended a two-day forum in Beijing that ended Thursday.

China is mulling whether to impose a consumption tax on "high-polluting, high resource consuming" products, according to officials from the Ministry of Environment Protection.

China's urbanization rate had reached 51.3 percent by the end of 2011, according to a report released Tuesday by the China Association of Mayors (CAM).

China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Monday that the country will start amassing a compensation fund to be used in cases of marine oil pollution from July this year.

About 67 hectares of farmland were submerged in south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region as of Tuesday after a sludge dump of an aluminum company began leaking Saturday.