Greening of the Belt and Road Initiative and COP26

The following article by Shakeel Ahmad Ramay, Chief Executive Officer of Asian Institute of Ecocivilization, Pakistan, details how China is working energetically to ‘green’ the Belt and Road Initiative, divesting from fossil fuel projects, promoting renewable energy projects, and working closely with other countries to agree standards and strategies on sustainable development. The article was first published in China Focus on 4 November 2021. “China has also increased investment in clean and renewable energy. The data of the BRI investment shows a steady increase in investment for green energy.” A lot has been written about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), but … Continue reading Greening of the Belt and Road Initiative and COP26

Allegations about China and carbon pollution are rooted in racism

It’s wrong to paint the Chinese as the world’s biggest environmental villains, but mainstream media outlets do it all the time. When I was young, there was a joke going round which went something like this: “Americans eat way more candy than British people!” “Really?” “Yes! Because there are more of them!” This piece of playground humor works by presenting an apparently clear fact, and then revealing the context that shows it up as misleading. In truth, British people ate far more candy per person than Americans. That may be just a feeble junior school joke for most people, but … Continue reading Allegations about China and carbon pollution are rooted in racism

China’s ‘latecomer advantage’ in achieving carbon neutrality

A week before the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, China submitted its climate targets and implementation plans to the UN. The country aims to reach CO2 emissions peak by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Many people, however, remain skeptical about whether China will be able to fulfill its commitments. Li Junfeng believes that the country will meet its targets. Since 2006, China has implemented effective carbon reduction measures, such as the “dual control” policy of reducing energy intensity and consumption with key performance indicators for all levels of regional governments. In 2013, the majority of provinces saw … Continue reading China’s ‘latecomer advantage’ in achieving carbon neutrality

China set to become world’s largest supplier of energy transition equipment

Decarbonization goals will transform manufacturing and energy sectors in China, set to become the world’s largest supplier of energy transition equipment Producing 70% of the world’s solar panels and 40% of wind turbines, China’s new solar power installations account for 37% of the global total (2020), cumulative wind power capacity grew 35% from last year, and new electric car sales grew by 170% The following is an extract from an article in the South China Morning Post. **************************************************************** Decarbonization goals will transform manufacturing and energy sectors in China The recent power outages and forced production stoppages in many parts of China may … Continue reading China set to become world’s largest supplier of energy transition equipment

Modernising China’s agriculture – Jack Ma backs government on food security

“Jack Ma’s reappearance shows that he will focus more on philanthropy, and that he agrees with and supports the official direction and current themes of eradicating poverty, rejuvenating rural areas and common prosperity.“ Introduction Alibaba founder Jack Ma seems set to take a role in agricultural development going by his latest moves to break into the agriculture industry, says an article in Lianhe Zaobao (Think China) on 3 November 2021. The article notes that Ma is not the only tech giant in town attempting to use big data and technology to increase agricultural yields. For China, this is a good move that would add to … Continue reading Modernising China’s agriculture – Jack Ma backs government on food security

The US moral superiority complex is accelerating its decline

At first glance, the following article does not relate much to the global environmental crisis and China’s efforts to combat this internationally. However, in reality it provides a significant part of the context in which the West seeks to undermine China’s leadership of the Global South. It is well worth reading. “No matter how hard the power-knowledge regimes of Western intellectual production work to conceal the decline, the West no longer dominates the world and the values it advocates are not unanimous, far from it.“ “At the beginning of October, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled a new partnership … Continue reading The US moral superiority complex is accelerating its decline

China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change

This report was prepared by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, and published in November 2019, with the stated aim of helping all interested people fully understand China’s policies and actions, and their performance and effects in addressingclimate change since 2018. Below, China Environment News reproduce the MEE’s Foreword to the document. The full document can be found at the following link: http://english.mee.gov.cn/Resources/Reports/reports/201912/P020191204495763994956.pdf Foreword The Chinese government has always attached great importance to addressing climate change.Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized for many times, addressing climate change shouldnot be done at others’ requests, but on … Continue reading China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change

China releases over a million indigenous fish fry into Yangtze River tributary

More than 1 million fry of indigenous fish varieties were released into the headstream of the Chishui River, a major tributary on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. The species were released during an environment conservation event held Wednesday in Zhenxiong County of Zhaotong City in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. The event, aimed at promoting biodiversity of the Chishui River and increasing local fishery resources, saw endemic fish species including 460,000 Spinibarbus sinensis and 300,000 rock carp being released into the river. The Chishui River, the only primary tributary without any dam built on its trunk stream on the … Continue reading China releases over a million indigenous fish fry into Yangtze River tributary

Blaming China for the climate crisis is shameful nonsense

The West has followed a Cold War agenda of demonising the world’s most populous country, when in fact it is China that emits less per-person than the US and many of its other critics, while leading the way in renewable energy, reforestation and electric vehicles. Carlos Martinez writes: In the run-up to the Cop26 UN Climate Change Conference, currently taking place in Glasgow, politicians and media in the West conducted a coordinated and insistent campaign to shift responsibility for the climate crisis on to China. US President Joe Biden claimed in his closing statement to the G20 summit, the day … Continue reading Blaming China for the climate crisis is shameful nonsense

The Planetary Rift and the materialist conception of nature

In the following article reprinted from the Monthly Review, Professor John Bellamy Foster, a leading proponent of ecological Marxism and editor of Monthly Review, is interviewed by Greek left-wing economist Haris Golemis. [See also: Critique of 21st century imperialism and the growth of ecological Marxism: a view from China, by professor Cheng Enfu of the University of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and president of the World Association for Political Economy – shared by China Environment News on September 21, 2021.] “I challenge the Western left to recognize that a materialist conception of history is meaningless without a materialist conception … Continue reading The Planetary Rift and the materialist conception of nature

China’s vision of eco-civilization can prevent the “end of history”

Up until now, the world has followed the path founded in the West of industrial civilization. Its primary liberal political-economic model, characterized by unfettered private capital, has too often been eulogized as a perfect creation serving humanity. Indeed, it has been applauded as representing a utopian “end of history” which gives it a false quality of being representative of nature itself. However, continuing down this path, of industrial civilization, will lead to the very destruction of nature and humanity which will inevitably lead to a dystopian “end of history.” With Western capital shipping polluting industries to East Asia, the clean … Continue reading China’s vision of eco-civilization can prevent the “end of history”

How can China get rid of coal?

The crucial COP26 climate conference in Glasgow is underway. The conference is regarded as an important step in setting national carbon emission targets and mitigating global warming. China’s total carbon emissions are huge due to its population being the largest in the world. Coal usage is a complex issue in China. China aims to cut the use of fossil fuels to below 20 percent by 2060. But how can China, a coal-reliant country, wean itself off coal? CGTN’s current affairs show “World Insight” collaborated with Euronews to produce a special program “Carbon Targets: China and Europe Going Green,” inviting renowned … Continue reading How can China get rid of coal?

Global warming is behind extreme weather events: China NCC expert

A senior expert from China’s National Climate Center (NCC) has said that climate change is fueling the extreme weather events that hit the world this year – wildfires, heatwaves, torrential rains, drought, floods and storms.  “The occurrence of climate anomalies is due to the accelerating pace of global warming. If the global warming trend does not change, the frequent, strong and concurrent occurrence of extreme weather events will not change,” Zhou Bing, chief expert on climate services, NCC, told CGTN on October 27. The global land surface temperature during the 2011-2020 period was around 1.09 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial … Continue reading Global warming is behind extreme weather events: China NCC expert

Over 100 world leaders endorse declaration to end deforestation by 2030

Over 100 world leaders pledged to “conserve forests and other terrestrial ecosystems and accelerate their restoration,” committing $19 billion in public and private funds to invest in protecting and restoring forests. The joint statement at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow was backed by the leaders of countries including Brazil, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which collectively account for 85 percent of the world’s forests. The Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forest and Land Use will cover forests totaling more than 13 million square miles, according to a statement from the UK prime minister’s office on behalf of the … Continue reading Over 100 world leaders endorse declaration to end deforestation by 2030

China: “Opinions on further Strengthening the Protection of Biodiversity” announced by top authorities

The following extract from the Green Finance & Development Center at Fudan University, summarizes the key elements of the biodiversity “opinions” issued on October 19, 2021, by the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Part of China together with the General Office of the State Council issued the “Opinions on further Strengthening the Protection of Biodiversity” (in Chinese). As a document issued by both the General Office of the Central Committee – the party body responsible for providing information and policy research for the Central Committee and the Politburo, and the State Council – the highest government … Continue reading China: “Opinions on further Strengthening the Protection of Biodiversity” announced by top authorities

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Tasks: On an voluntary basis, identify issues, research and prepare articles on matters about China’s environmental progress at home and abroad [on-line and flexible / occasional to suit you]. Skills: background and qualifications in a relevant area such as environmental science or education, environmental economics, ecology or biological sciences, agricultural science or agricultural economics, science communication or journalism, etc; self motivated, with the ability to write clearly and concisely in English; respect the sovereignty of People’s China and all its Administrative Regions, including China’s rights to non-interference in its internal affairs and to develop “socialism with Chinese characteristics”. If interested … Continue reading Be a volunteer researcher for China Environment News

COP26: why advanced countries must proportionately make by far the biggest cuts in carbon emissions – factual briefing

Shared from: Learning from China, Published by John Ross, Senior Fellow, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China. The COP26 conference on climate change is discussing an issue which will profoundly affect every person on our planet. Climate change, together with nuclear war, is one of the two issues which can overturn the present basis of human civilisation. Because of the extreme seriousness of this issue, the COP26 conference should therefore be an arena for strictly objective international scientific discussion and international cooperation. Fortunately, as will be seen, strictly objective scientific evidence on the issue of climate change … Continue reading COP26: why advanced countries must proportionately make by far the biggest cuts in carbon emissions – factual briefing

Why China is Building Africa’s Railways

SOURCE: The B1M, 20 October 2021 https://www.theb1m.com/video/why-china-is-building-africas-railways Africa is undergoing a railway renaissance – and it’s being built in large part by China. From Nairobi to Mombasa and Addis Ababa to Djibouti, China is financing, designing and constructing railways that are transforming Africa’s transportation infrastructure. These megaprojects are more than just impressive feats of engineering, passing through safari camps and the East African desert. They’re symbols of better connected societies, economic opportunity, international alliances, soft power, and a shifting balance in the world of construction. To understand why China is building railways in Africa, you have to rewind a bit. … Continue reading Why China is Building Africa’s Railways

China’s Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant to be the world’s largest

China – Russia nuclear power collaboration project China is rapidly expanding the safe use of nuclear power as the country steams toward an ambitious carbon neutrality goal. The Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant (Tianwan NPP), situated in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China, will be the world’s largest nuclear power plant by output. It is designed to have a safer and smarter performance using third-generation nuclear power technologies. The plant is being constructed with eight units in four phases. Four units of the plant are currently operational, feeding electricity into the power grid. The current expansion plan focuses on two new units of … Continue reading China’s Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant to be the world’s largest

China’s stance against backing coal abroad helps Cambodian clean energy

Around half of Cambodia’s electricity is currently generated from coal. China has a significant involvement in the Cambodian energy sector. Cambodia’s power system has proven highly adaptable over the past 20 years. At the turn of the century, only 17% of the population had access to the grid, and the system was three-quarters powered by fuel oil. By 2014, this had switched to nearly two-thirds hydropower, all of it built with Chinese involvement. Seven years later, Cambodia has a remarkably improved electrification rate of 93% . Plans approved after power shortages in 2019 catalysed a return to fossil fuels, which were expected to supply 75% of … Continue reading China’s stance against backing coal abroad helps Cambodian clean energy

Nine key moments that changed China’s mind about climate change

The following article from Carbon Brief gives a very detailed and useful summary of how the Chinese government’s attitude towards climate change, and its understanding of its own responsibilities, have changed over the last two decades. The article is quite long but is well worth the effort for those wishing to understand this important issue. Source: Friends of Socialist China October 26, 2021 Author: Jianqiang previously worked as China Dialogue’s Beijing editor and as an investigative reporter for China’s Southern Weekly newspaper. He has a masters degree in journalism from Tsinghua University. His books include Tibetan Environmentalists in China: The King of … Continue reading Nine key moments that changed China’s mind about climate change

Quantifying national responsibility for excess global CO2 emissions

The following extract is from a study published 1 September 2020, and it details a method for quantifying national responsibility for damages related to climate change by looking at national contributions to cumulative CO2 emissions in excess of the planetary boundary of 350 ppm atmospheric CO2 concentration. This approach is rooted in the principle of equal per capita access to atmospheric commons. For this analysis, national fair shares of a safe global carbon budget consistent with the planetary boundary of 350 ppm were derived. These fair shares were then subtracted from countries’ actual historical emissions (i.e. territorial emissions from 1850 to 1969, … Continue reading Quantifying national responsibility for excess global CO2 emissions

China to peak CO2 emissions before 2030: West bears most responsibility for climate change

China has promised to peak its carbon dioxide emissions before 2030, in an upgrade of its climate change plans that comes just three days before the start of COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland. The revised plan submitted to the United Nations, known as a nationally determined contribution, formalises several pledges made by Chinese president Xi Jinping earlier this year and in 2020. The New Scientist magazine reported on 28 October 2021 that the announcement “commits China to peaking its emissions before 2030, rather than around 2030 as previously promised. China says it will also reduce its carbon intensity – a measure of emissions per unit … Continue reading China to peak CO2 emissions before 2030: West bears most responsibility for climate change

Lack of fund for poorest countries ‘biggest obstacle’ in climate talks – China

BEIJING: Establishing a fund to help poor countries tackle climate change will be “the biggest obstacle” during United Nations talks to try to curb global warming that begin in Glasgow on Oct 31, a Chinese environmental official said on Wednesday (Oct 27). The developed Western nations agreed in 2009 to establish a US$100 billion per year fund to help transfer technologies and minimise climate risks in the developing world, but progress has been slow. China Environment News commented on 17 December 2020 that: “At the last major round of UN climate change negotiations under the Paris Agreement held in Madrid in late … Continue reading Lack of fund for poorest countries ‘biggest obstacle’ in climate talks – China

China’s alternative to the Western liberal model of globalization

  An extract from Roland Boer’s book Socialism with Chinese Characteristics “What we are currently witnessing is a contest between two models of globalization – between “zero sum” and “win-win”. The former has been the dominant model ever since the era of European colonialism and the era of primitive capital accumulation through colonial plunder, slavery and domination of other parts of the world. By contrast, the Chinese model of “win-win” arises from a very different historical experience … a long historical emphasis on stability and harmony … [in which] as the old Chinese proverb has it, things that oppose each … Continue reading China’s alternative to the Western liberal model of globalization