Workers sort waste plastic bottles at the Xiejiacun waste collection market in the Changping district of Beijing.(Reuters / China Daily)

Published time: June 20, 2013 02:37China has introduced “harsher punishments” for breaking the nation’s environmental protection laws: reckless violators of pollution standards in the world’s biggest and fastest-growing economy now face execution.

A new judicial interpretation taking effect on Wednesday has tightened Chinese “lax and superficial” enforcement of environmental protection laws, Xinhua reported citing a government statement.

The government is set to introduce a “precise criteria for convictions and sentencing” while the “judicial explanation provides a powerful legal weapon.” Law enforcement should take environmental regulations seriously and “all force should be mobilized to uncover law-breaking clues of environmental pollution in a timely way,” the statement reads.

 

Household garbage and construction waste are placed next to a residential area in Beijing.(Reuters / Jason Lee)Household garbage and construction waste are placed next to a residential area in Beijing.(Reuters / Jason Lee)

Earlier this month the cabinet approved new measures to combat air pollution as social discontent over the air quality in urban centers continues to rise.

To help tackle the environmental danger, Beijing has promised to focus more on solar energy, despite ongoing trade disputes with the United States and Europe.

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