China to supply Africa with additional 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, pledges to jointly implement nine programs

BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday announced that China would provide an additional 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and pledged to jointly implement nine programs on China-Africa future cooperation. “I am convinced that the concerted efforts of China and Africa will make this FOCAC Conference a full success, one that shall pool the mighty strength of the 2.7 billion Chinese and Africans and guide us toward a high-level China-Africa community with a shared future,” Xi said while addressing the opening ceremony of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation … Continue reading China to supply Africa with additional 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, pledges to jointly implement nine programs

China’s Yarlung Tsangpo canyon: An irreplaceable ecological asset

Should this be China’s next big national park? The Yarlung Tsangpo canyon and its surroundings are homes to China’s largest expanse of primary forest. The rivers and deep gorges here house isolated populations of plants and animals that have evolved into new species and subspecies – many of which are as yet unknown to science. The valley’s steep V-shaped sides funnel warm moist air from the Indian Ocean north to the plateau, creating a habitat suitable for a broad range of plants and animals. The Yarlung Tsangpo River flows through the valley, and flows on to become the Brahmaputra River when … Continue reading China’s Yarlung Tsangpo canyon: An irreplaceable ecological asset

Add ‘wings’ to bullet trains to make them even faster: Chinese scientists

China wants even faster bullet trains, and a team of scientists in the southwest of the country have suggested a way to do it: add wings. Their study found that adding five pairs of small wings on each train carriage would generate additional lift and reduce the weight of the train by nearly a third, taking the top speed to 450km/h. The research is part of a project launched by China earlier this year named CR450. The programme is a nationwide research effort which aims to develop a new generation of high-speed trains by solving a range of technical issues related … Continue reading Add ‘wings’ to bullet trains to make them even faster: Chinese scientists

Feeding 1.4 billion: China’s floating fish farms

Ningde of southeast China’s Fujian Province produces China’s cultured seafood. Thousands of fish farmers, who resided along this coastal area for decades have transferred this little fishing village into the epicenter of the yellow croaker industry – producing 75 percent of the nation’s total output. VIDEO: Click to watch SOURCE: CGTN, 8 Oct 2019 Continue reading Feeding 1.4 billion: China’s floating fish farms

Feeding 1.4 billion: Smart farming with China’s big grain silo

Sixty percent of people in China live on rice as their staple food, and most of this rice is produced in the “Rice Capital” that is northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. Here, the town of Jiansanjiang is one of the most important grain-producing bases in the country, with 15 state-owned farms. In recent years the farms have shifted from manual planting to full mechanized production with the practice of China’s smart agriculture technology. This involves remote satellite sensing maps, big data and 5G. It means that smart farms may one day be transformed into unmanned farms, using advanced technology to put … Continue reading Feeding 1.4 billion: Smart farming with China’s big grain silo

Coronavirus infections increase among deer in US, new study shows

Preface In August 2021, China Environment News reported that samples collected by Canadian virologists showed that “one-third of white-tailed deer, a familiar sight on US lawns and golf courses, in the north-eastern United States have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 — a sign that they have been infected with the virus.” See ‘Corona virus rife in common US deer‘. Earlier peer reviewed research published in March 2021 in the Journal of Virology confirmed that deer had been shown to shed the virus by the nasal secretion and faeces. Scientists were concerned about the emergence of new animal ‘reservoirs’ — animal populations that harbour SARS-CoV-2. … Continue reading Coronavirus infections increase among deer in US, new study shows

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

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

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

China launches real-time glacier monitoring system

Yulong Snow Mountain and Glacier Park is a popular recreation area. It is a national park known as Yulong National Park (or Lijiang Yulong National Park) located in Yulong Mountain, in southwestern China. The Yulong Glacier is also a primary source of fresh water for Western China. Cable cars take tourists up and down the mountain, there is a cable to an observation platform sitting at 4,506 m with stunning views of the mountain. The more adventurous can continue hiking up to a second observation area at 4,680 m which provides better glimpses of the snowy summit at 5,596 m. … Continue reading China launches real-time glacier monitoring system

Rethinking Grid Integration and Carbon Neutrality in China

Prospects for a massive renewable power expansion to achieve carbon neutrality in China and beyond In achieving the goal of carbon neutrality in China, the problem is no longer the cost or feasibility of sufficient renewable generation, but rather the challenges it introduces into the grid because of its variability. There are many uncertainties about pathways to mid-century carbon neutrality in all major emitting nations, but one fundamental aspect is certain: they will require massive expansions of wind and solar power to displace coal- and gas-fired power. China Environment News recently reported on research by a Chinese-US team that found … Continue reading Rethinking Grid Integration and Carbon Neutrality in China

Chinese mining companies adopt new geothermal technologies to cut carbon emissions

Iron tailings, traditionally an industrial waste, can now play a role in environmental protection. In northeast China’s Jilin Province, more than 70 hectares of saline-alkali soil have been transformed into fertile land that can produce 7,500 kg of rice per hectare with the help of iron tailings. “We make use of the unique physical and chemical characteristics of iron tailings to improve the soil quality,” said Xiong Hongqi, deputy general manager of Ansteel Mining Co., Ltd. Many mining companies shared their experiences of carbon emission reduction at the 23rd China Mining Conference and Exhibition that concluded Saturday in north China’s … Continue reading Chinese mining companies adopt new geothermal technologies to cut carbon emissions

5G autopilot buses on trial in Zhengzhou, China

The Zhengzhou Bus Repair Plant was established in 1963 and today is China’s largest bus and coach manufacturer. The Yutong Bus company has a global market share of 15%, and 30% share of the China bus market. The business focuses on the production of all electric (NEV) and hybrid electric buses. It supplies these buses world wide, including Mexico, Kazakhstan, Denmark, Chile, Yutong buses has been shipped buses to over 130 countries countries, including France, UK, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan province, Manufacture is centred in Zhengzhou, is a major manufacturing epicentre of China with a network of vast industrial zones and tech … Continue reading 5G autopilot buses on trial in Zhengzhou, China

Conserving China’s crop biodiversity

A recent article in China Dialogue discusses the importance of conserving China’s agricultural plant biodiversity for future food security. Maintaining crop genetic diversity is a vital aspect of biodiversity in China, and around the world – hence the importance of looking after “germplasm” in China. Agricultural biological diversity (agrobiodiversity), is a small component of biodiversity, and presents two levels: genetic resources for food and agriculture, and the provision of ecological services. All the components contribute to sustain the key functions of agro-ecosystems. Germplasm means living genetic resources, such as seeds or tissues, maintained for plant or animal breeding, preservation and other … Continue reading Conserving China’s crop biodiversity

China’s development of a carbon-neutral electricity system: 43% of electricity will be solar by 2060

Researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing, Nankai University in Tianjin, Renmin University of China in Beijing and Harvard University in the USA have found that solar energy could provide 43.2% of China’s electricity demands in 2060 at less than two-and-a-half U.S. cents per kilowatt-hour. For comparison, coal power tariffs in China ranged 3.6 to 6.5 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2019. The research was published as the cover article of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). This study is significant as it demonstrated: “Solar photovoltaic power is gaining momentum as a solution to intertwined air pollution and climate challenges in China, driven … Continue reading China’s development of a carbon-neutral electricity system: 43% of electricity will be solar by 2060

Mission Impossible: China’s South-North Water Transfer Project

Introduction by Kelvin Kwok Freshwater is an important resource in many countries especially developing ones, and many people in these regions do not really have access to it in daily life. Unfortunately, this issue tends to receive much less attention compared to, say, air pollution, partly because it seems less relevant to the buzzwords like global warming, but also because it does not really affect the most developed countries that are currently steering the climate change campaigns. Here Kelvin Kwok shares an article about China’s grand project of relocating a colossal body of freshwater, designed to mitigate disastrous floods in the … Continue reading Mission Impossible: China’s South-North Water Transfer Project

China’s Covid-19 vaccines are a global public good

In the fight against the coronavirus, vaccines should always be the top priority. Over the past couple of months, China has committed itself to promoting a fair and reasonable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world. Since President Xi Jinping announced making China’s COVID-19 vaccines a public good at the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly last May, the country has delivered about 800 million vaccine doses to more than 100 nations as of August. They are mostly developing countries, according to data from the Chinese Foreign Ministry. [CGTN, 8 Sept 2021] The race between the novel coronavirus, which … Continue reading China’s Covid-19 vaccines are a global public good

French Mathematician Laurent Lafforgue joins Huawei team

Laurent Lafforgue, a famous French mathematician and winner of the mathematics Fields Medal has joined the Huawei team, making it stronger in terms of research. In recent years, Lafforgue’s work on topos theory has led him to develop a collaboration with the research teams of Huawei France. The Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES) is an advanced research institute in mathematics, theoretical physics and all related sciences dedicated to fundamental research. Laurent Lafforgue, mathematician and permanent professor at IHES since 2000, is known worlwide in particular for his essential contributions to Langland’s program in the fields of number theory and analysis, which earned him the … Continue reading French Mathematician Laurent Lafforgue joins Huawei team

Joint statement of China and Russia on strengthening the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological Weapons

CHINA Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC | Global Times, October 08, 2021 The Russian Federation and China reaffirm their conviction that the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction (BWC) is essential as a pillar of the international peace and security, and their determination to safeguard the authority and effectiveness of the Convention. Today, as in 1975, the objective of the BWC remains relevant: to rule completely out the possibility of biological agents being used as weapons. The Russian Federation and China reiterate the need … Continue reading Joint statement of China and Russia on strengthening the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological Weapons

Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth: China in Action- Position Paper of the People’s Republic of China for the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity

China supports the United Nations in holding the Biodiversity Summit and lauds the UN efforts and contributions in advancing global environmental governance. Against the backdrop of accelerated global biodiversity loss and the impact of COVID-19 on various aspects of the economy and society, it is imperative that all parties work together to address the serious challenges facing global biodiversity.China attaches great importance to biodiversity, adheres to the philosophy of ecological civilization, and has been working continuously to expedite the mainstreaming of biodiversity across all departments and sectors, promote effective restoration and protection of ecosystems through the implementation of ecological conservation … Continue reading Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth: China in Action- Position Paper of the People’s Republic of China for the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity

Ocean warming and permanent heatwaves: Global Oceans ‘Deadly Trio’ (PART 3)

Scientists call it the ‘deadly trio.’ If ocean acidification, oxygen loss, and overheating are not ended soon, a massive die-off of ocean life may be unstoppable. In September 2020, Ian Angus published 3 articles in CLIMATE & CAPITALISM , an eco-socialist / ecological Marxist journal. The articles considered the elements of the deadly trio separately, but stressed the importance of understanding that they are closely related, have the same causes, and frequently reinforce each other. We will be posting separate links to each of the 3 parts of the articles. Part 3 follows the General Introduction. General Introduction.  “It is impossible to … Continue reading Ocean warming and permanent heatwaves: Global Oceans ‘Deadly Trio’ (PART 3)

Running low on Oxygen: Global Oceans ‘Deadly Trio’ (Part 2)

Scientists call it the ‘deadly trio.’ If ocean acidification, oxygen loss, and overheating are not ended soon, a massive die-off of ocean life may be unstoppable. In September 2020, Ian Angus published 3 articles in CLIMATE & CAPITALISM , an eco-socialist / ecological Marxist journal. The articles considered the elements of the deadly trio separately, but stressed the importance of understanding that they are closely related, have the same causes, and frequently reinforce each other. We will be posting separate links to each of the 3 parts of the articles. Part 2 follows the General Introduction. General Introduction.  “It is impossible … Continue reading Running low on Oxygen: Global Oceans ‘Deadly Trio’ (Part 2)

Corrosive Seas: Global oceans ‘deadly trio’ (Part 1)

Scientists call it the ‘deadly trio.’ If ocean acidification, oxygen loss, and overheating are not ended soon, a massive die-off of ocean life may be unstoppable. In September 2020, Ian Angus published 3 articles in CLIMATE & CAPITALISM , an eco-socialist / ecological Marxist journal. The articles considered the elements of the deadly trio separately, but stressed the importance of understanding that they are closely related, have the same causes, and frequently reinforce each other. We will be posting separate links to each of the 3 parts of the articles. Part 1 follows the General Introduction. General Introduction.  “It is impossible … Continue reading Corrosive Seas: Global oceans ‘deadly trio’ (Part 1)

Nobel Prize for Physics goes to scientists who explained climate change

Earth’s climate is a vastly complex system on a grand scale. On a microscopic level, so is the complicated physics of atoms and molecules found within materials. The 2021 Nobel Prize in physics knits together the work of three scientists who illuminated such intricate physical systems by harnessing basic tools of physics.  Half of the prize goes to climate scientists Syukuro Manabe of Princeton University and Klaus Hasselmann of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, for their work on simulations of Earth’s climate and predictions of global warming, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced October 5. … Continue reading Nobel Prize for Physics goes to scientists who explained climate change

HAS COVID-19 “PATIENT ZERO” BEEN FOUND – IN KANSAS?

Ironically, the 1918 “Spanish Flu” originated Kansas, USA as well. Quietly altered death certificates add to the mystery; first confirmed Covid deaths in US and China on the same day You already know the story—in December of 2019, doctors notice a patient has a dry cough, fever, and has lost her sense of taste. Her ailment is later recognized as a novel coronavirus, and within months, the world is going into lockdown. But here’s the thing. The woman was an American, in an American hospital. This all took place 11,600 miles away from Wuhan, China. Death in a Kansas hospital … Continue reading HAS COVID-19 “PATIENT ZERO” BEEN FOUND – IN KANSAS?