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WBR: China Issues Record Pollution Fine 31 12 14

December 31st, 2014

Episode 148 of 862 episodes

A Chinese court issues a record $26 million dollar fine to six companies for dumping chemical waste into rivers. We ask the head of Greenpeace China whether this marks a shift in the country's environmental policy. Germany's first ever minimum wage comes into effect on January 1 - we ask what it will mean for Europe's biggest economy and why it's taken so long. Zambia has big plans for its tourism industry, but can it grow without damaging the country's bush environment and its wildlife? We have a special report from South Luangwa National Park. The inventor of the wind-up radio is given the title of Commander of the British Empire in the Queen's New Year Honours list - we speak to Trevor Baylis. And we take a look at how the financial markets have fared in 2014, with perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic.

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