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fied. Shortly after the attack, the US government introduced the Patriot Act, the Accuracy Act and
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which formed a comprehensive intelligence surv
eillance network. According to a survey by Privacy International in 2007 covering 47 countries, the United States ran
ked first in the monitoring index. But the United States didn’t stop there. In 2013, Edward Snowden, a technical an
alyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), exposed the Prism program. In this seven-year top-secret electronic sur
veillance, monitored individuals include non-Americans who use related company services, or any US citizen who co
mmunicates with foreigners, including email, video and voice conversations, and social network details, and so on, can be descr
ibed as large-scale indiscriminate monitoring. Surveillance states were finally formed.
m in which airborne particulate matter is present. The lower the ceilin
g is, the higher the density of pollutants which then mix with the cleaner air.
With a low mixing layer, Taihang mountain range to the west and the Yanshan mountai
n range to the north serve as walls that form a semi-closed “room” in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster.
The high level of emissions is the major reason for air pollution in th
e greater Beijing area, and meteorological conditions also play a key role as an exte
rnal factor, said Xu Xiangde, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences.
Zhang Xiaoye, Xu’s colleague, said the “marked effect” of continuous pollutant accu
mulation on meteorological conditions could make overall pollution even worse.
“After the accumulation reaches a certain level, it will further wor
sen the meteorological conditions, which then will further affect air quality, causing explosive
rd phases, with 1,000 booths booked by 650 enterprises from 38 countries and regions.
The first phase of the import exhibition has 616 booths displaying electronics and home appliances, build
ing materials and hardware and mechanical equipment. There will be 384 booths in the third phase, m
ainly displaying food and beverage products, household goods, fabrics and home textiles.
Xu Bing, a spokesperson for the Canton Fair, said on Sunday that the 124t
h fair received exhibitors from ten countries and regions. According to Xu, a chamber of com
merce from Istanbul said the fair had helped many Turkish enterprises explore the global market.
“Design for trade” will be a highlight at the upcoming fair. About 100 design companies and institut
ions from 15 countries and regions, including the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Austr
alia, the Republic of Korea and Japan, have registered to participate in the design exhibition at the fair.
China produces more than 80 million tons of hazardous waste per year, instead of the official figure of 40 million tons.
Therefore, the total capacity for hazardous waste treatment in the country is insufficient, according to Wang.
The utilization rate of the capacity for hazardous waste dispo
sal also remains low. According to data that the Ministry of Ecology a
nd Environment provided to the NPC Standing Committee in 2017, only about 25 percent of China’s capacity was
in full operation and data from other sources also shows low utilization rates, Wang said.
“Some enterprises have failed to build sound systems for hazardous waste manageme
nt as required, or failed to implement them,” Wang said, adding that some companies had turned a blind eye to loo
pholes in the production process that could result in hazardous waste leakage.
In one case, Baoxun Precision Screws Co Ltd in Zhejiang province was found to have dumped about 1,072 tons of hazardou
s sludge into the Yangtze River in Anhui and Jiangsu provinces from July 2016 to May 2017.
A delivery man left several cartons of milk and rice cereal at Huaibei Road Fire Brigade in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province. The gi
fts came with a note that said, “Toughest firefighters, promise me to come back safe and sound after every mission.”
An anonymous customer had placed the order for the Thursday afternoon delivery.
On the same day, Fuqiang Street Fire Brigade in Shijiazhuang also re
ceived 14 boxes of milk tea and yogurt from an anonymous person, along with a note that s
aid, “Protect yourselves and return safely. You have safeguarded people, and people will safeguard you, too!”
The public outpouring of compassion came after 31 people died in a forest fire in remo
te mountains in Sichuan province on March 31. The dead included 27 firefighters and four locals.
“When we saw the gifts and notes, everyone was deeply to
uched,” said Wei Zishuai, 32, commander of the Huaibei Road Fire Brigade.
“All our hard training and sacrifices are not in vain,” Wei added.