Last updated at 16:00 BST, Monday, 12 August 2013

China green industries

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12 August 2013

Chinese state media say the government is trying to tackle pollution caused by the country's fast economic development. According to the state-run news agency, new measures are being introduced to encourage the country's green industries.

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Martin Patience

Shanghai

China is attempting to become a leader in clean technology

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China is the world's biggest polluter. But toxic smog in its cities is increasingly generating enormous public anger.

Now the authorities say they want the green industries to have a turnover of more than $700bn by 2015. They're offering tax breaks and subsidies to promote growth and innovation within the sector.

It's the latest move by the government to curb pollution. Last month, the authorities ordered hundreds of steel, paper and leather factories to shut down production lines that were causing high levels of pollution.

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Vocabulary

polluter

a person or organisation that puts harmful substances into the environment

toxic smog

a poisonous mixture of fog and smoke which appears in some industrial cities

generating

producing

turnover

the amount of money taken by a business in a period of time

tax breaks

reduction of the amount of tax a business has to pay used as an incentive

subsidies

money given by a government or an organisation to help businesses keep the price of products or services low

promote

to actively encourage

innovation

a new idea or method

sector

a government branch

curb

to control or limit

high levels

above normal or average level

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