BRUSSELS, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission on Wednesday warned Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Britain for continually breaching air pollution limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and urged them to take action to address the problem.

European Union (EU) legislation on ambient air quality sets limit values for air pollutants, including NO2. Member states are required to adopt and implement air quality plans that set out appropriate measures to ensure good air quality.

If a member state fails to act within two months, the Commission may decide to take the matter to the Court of Justice of the EU.

According to a statement of the Commission, legal action on NO2 involves 12 member states such as Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, to name a few.

More than 400,000 citizens die prematurely in the EU each year as a result of poor air quality, it said, and millions more suffer from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases caused by air pollution.

High levels of NO2 caused almost 70,000 premature deaths in Europe in 2013, said the statement. Road traffic is responsible for around 40 percent of nitrogen oxides emissions in the EU, according to official data.

Of the total emitted nitrogen oxides from traffic, around 80 percent comes from diesel powered vehicles.

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BEIJING Baker Mayfield Jersey , Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Peking University launched 32 open online courses over the lunar new year holiday, the university announced Wednesday.

They will be offered through the Chinese MOOCs website.

The open online courses include "Western music in the 20th century," "ancient Chinese history," "international criminal law" and "biological evolution," among others.

In addition to pre-recorded courses, learners can take quizzes that are automatically graded and experience interactive teaching and learning with 12 instructors from Peking University starting March 1, according to the news center of Peking University.

The official website aims to attract a global Chinese-speaking audience. It currently features 37 courses from Peking University and National Taiwan University.

Like Coursera, the world's largest provider of MOOCs, courses on Chinese MOOCs can be accessed for free, with some offering certifications upon completion.

The Chinese MOOCs site was jointly launched by China's prestigious Peking University and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba in 2015.

Lego has won a landmark case in China against two companies that manufactured and sold toys almost identical to its LEGO Friends range but branded Bela, the Danish toymaker said.

It is the first time that Lego has succeeded in a copyright competition case in China, where copies of its colorful bricks and figures have been a recurrent problem as it seeks to gain share in the multibillion-dollar toys and games market.

Earlier this year, the Beijing Higher Court passed a ruling that recognized the Lego logo and name in Chinese as “well-known” trademarks in China, putting the toymaker in a better position to act against infringement of its trademarks.

China Shantou Intermediate People’s Court had ruled that certain Bela products infringed upon Lego copyrights and that manufacturing and selling those products constituted “acts of unfair competition,” Lego said yesterday.

The court also decided that Lego is protected under Chinese “anti-unfair competition law” for “the distinctive and unique appearance of certain decorative aspects of its packaging across particular product lines (in this case, LEGO Friends).”

Capturing the imaginations of Chinese children with its bricks is key to reviving growth for the unlisted company after disappointing revenues in its core United States and European markets brought an end to a decade-long sales boom.

Lego, whose name is derived from the Danish “leg godt” meaning “play well,” is competing with Barbie maker Mattel and Hasbro, the firm behind My Little Pony, for a slice of the Chinese market.

The case was filed against two Chinese firms, which have been manufacturing and selling Bela products almost identical to Lego’s.

“We think this is very important for the continued development of a favorable business environment for all companies operating in the Chinese market,” said Peter Thorslund Kjaer, Lego’s vice president of legal affairs.


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