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Fewer fireworks were used across China in the Lunar New Year, as it was banned in many places over air pollution concerns.
Two thirds of people polled in 35 major Chinese cities last year were in favor of fireworks bans at Spring Festival. The research was done by the center for public opinion research at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Public concerns over air quality means people routinely check air quality and wear masks, and many own air purifiers at home. Data from the Ministry of Environmental Protection suggests that air quality only improved marginally last year in the area around Beijing.
In Shanghai, fireworks are banned completely downtown, and firework purchases require real name registration to track violators.
A total of 140 cities in China have banned fireworks, while another 540 cities have restrictions in place.
Fewer fireworks have made sanitation workers' life easier. They cleaned up 80 percent less firework waste in Shanghai this year.
In nearby Hangzhou, the host city of this year's G20 summit, fireworks have been banned for the whole year, and police have offered rewards for reporting any sales, storage, transportation or setting off of fireworks.
But some people are concerned that the ban kills off a tradition, calling fireworks makers to develop more environmentally friendly alternatives.
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Giant panda researchers in southwest China's Sichuan Province have named a pair of panda cubs, after receiving more than 3,000 responses.
The winning names are "Olympia" and "Fuwa", and were posted by the president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach. Both names came out on top after five pairs of names were put up for a final vote.
"Fuwa" is the name of the mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
After the twins were born in June, the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center launched the project to solicit names for the cubs between July and September. More than 3,000 responses, including 900 from outside the Chinese mainland, were submitted through Sina Weibo microblog, messaging app WeChat and e-mail.
The twin sisters have attracted great attention worldwide because of their famous family.
Their mother "Kelin" is well known for a photo showing her watching a "panda porn" video. The photo was chosen by the United States' Time Magazine as one of the "Most Surprising Photos of 2013". The twins' grandfather "Cobi" was named by former president of the International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch in 1992.
一项在中国35个主要城市进行的调查显示，去年全国三分之二的居民表示支持春节期间的禁放令 。这项调查由上海交通大学民意与舆情调查研究中心实施 。
因为担心空气质量，民众会定期检查空气状况、戴口罩出门，并在家里添置空气净化器 。环保部公布的数据显示，去年只有北京周边地区的空气质量稍有改善 。
烟花爆竹燃放量减少也减轻了清洁工的工作负担 。今年，上海清洁工清扫的烟花垃圾减少了80% 。
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最终确定的名字为国际奥委会主席托马斯·巴赫取的“奥林匹亚”和“福娃” 。这两个名字在五对名字进行的最终投票中排名首位 。
2015年6月，这对大熊猫双胞胎出生，成都大熊猫繁育研究基地随即启动这对大熊猫双胞胎的征名活动，活动时间为2015年7月至9月 。在征名期间，共收到大熊猫粉丝通过微博、微信、邮箱发来的投稿共计3000余封，其中境外900余封 。
它们的妈妈是因一张观看“熊猫AV”的图片而名动全球的“科琳” 。这张照片曾入选美国《时代》周刊“2013年最惊奇图片” 。它们的外祖父是“科比”，由前国际奥委会主席胡安·安东尼奥·萨马兰奇在1992年亲自命名 。
1. in favor of 支持；赞成；
例句：I am in favor of the second viewpoint.
2. set off 引爆（炸弹）；触发，拉响（警报等）；
例句：He likes to set off firecrackers during Diwali.
3. clean up 打扫；清扫；把…弄干净；
例句：Nina and Mary were in the kitchen, cleaning up after dinner.
4. kill off 毁灭；破坏；扼杀；使停止；
例句：Frost can kill off a young plant.
5. be known for 以…闻名的；
例句：The oboist is well known for his improvisation.