Building a "Green" Railway in China

American Association for Advancement of Science
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Science, 2007, 316 (5824), pp. 546 - 547
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The Qinghai-Tibet Railway (QTR) was built during China's Tenth 5-Year Plan (2001-05) and, in China, is considered a landmark project (1). The QTR, completed in October 2005 and in trial operation since 1 July 2006, is the world's highest-elevation railway and the longest highland railway, extending over 1956 km from Xining (Qinghai's capital in northwestern China) to Lhasa, the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region (see figure, right). The Chinese government has invested an unprecedented amount of money to protect the area's ecology. A total of 26.2 billion yuan (U.S. $3.39 billion) was budgeted, and 1.54 billion yuan was allocated to ecosystem restoration and environmental protection.
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