Yangtze River Delta research institute aims to boost region’s sustainable development

The Yangtze River Delta Sustainable Development Research Institute has been established to serve the national Yangtze River Delta region integration strategy. It pools the resources of universities and scientific research institutions including Tongji University, the executive committee of the Yangtze River Delta Ecology and Greenery Integration Demonstration Zone, and combines talent training, scientific research and social services. Located in the Daguanyuan area of Jinze Town, the institute is a scientific innovation platform and demonstration base designed to boost the sustainable development of the Yangtze River Delta. It highlights the innovation demands of the delta region’s green and integrated development and … Continue reading Yangtze River Delta research institute aims to boost region’s sustainable development

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

Anglo-US military pollution is the skeleton in the West’s climate closet

Western politicians wanted to emerge from the Glasgow COP26 climate summit with their “green credentials” burnished, proving that they have done everything in their power to prevent a future global temperature rise of more than 1.5C. Climate scientists and developing nations are already doubtful whether the pledges being made go far enough. But the visible activity at the summit hid a much starker reality. The very nations proclaiming moral leadership in tackling the climate crisis are also the ones doing most to sabotage a meaningful agreement to reduce humanity’s global carbon footprint. The armed forces of the US and the UK … Continue reading Anglo-US military pollution is the skeleton in the West’s climate closet

China releases rare fish into Yangtze River

CHONGQING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) — Chinese officials and researchers have released 450,000 rare fish into the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in the latest effort to restore the river’s ecological environment. The release took place in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality and was launched by multiple departments, including the national nature reserve for the protection of rare and unique fish in the upper reaches of Yangtze River. The released batch included mullet and rock carp, which are nationally protected, and three other rare species unique to the Yangtze River. Among them, 9,300 fries of rare fish were marked to monitor … Continue reading China releases rare fish into Yangtze River

China-Brazil wind power project enters operation

CGN Brazil Energy Holding Co., a branch of China General Nuclear Power Group, announced its LDB wind power expansion project was completed and put into operation Thursday. The LDB wind power expansion project is located in Lagoa do Barro in northeast Brazil, with a total installed capacity of 82,800 kW. It is the first Greenland wind power project independently constructed and managed by CGN Brazil Energy, with its annual power generation expected to reach 366 million kWh. CGN’s LDB wind power expansion project in Brazil. (Photo provided by CGN) In addition, the TN wind power project located in northeast Brazil … Continue reading China-Brazil wind power project enters operation

China’s renewable energy model: sharing it to developing nations

Republished by China Environment from China Dialogue under a Creative Commons licence. Having said it will stop building coal power plants overseas, could China instead export its renewable energy model to developing nations? In Yinchuan, Ningxia province, on the eastern side of the Yellow River, over four million solar panels turn to the sun. Below the panels, 10,000 mu (667 hectares) of goji berries wait to be picked. This is a mixed “solar + agriculture” project, launched in 2016 by the Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group. Prior to 2016, this part of the Gobi Desert was as dry as any other. Today, it generates … Continue reading China’s renewable energy model: sharing it to developing nations

China to crackdown on methane emissions

China will endeavor to draft an action plan for methane emission control during the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) period and intensify efforts to establish monitoring and accounting systems for the greenhouse gas, an official said at a news conference on Thursday. Lu Xinming, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment’s deputy director for climate change, also said that following thorough research into its methane emissions, the country plans to hammer out effective measures to reduce emissions in sectors including coal mining, agriculture and urban solid waste disposal. “China will strive to promote the development of technologies to recycle the gas for … Continue reading China to crackdown on methane emissions

US stirs Solomon Islands ‘colour revolution’ after Pacific nation joins Belt & Road and ends recognition of Taiwan regime

China’s BRI has had success among Pacific countries by providing them with sustainable economic development and helping to reduce poverty. Its success has been due to policy reforms aimed at improving debt sustainability and mitigating social and environmental risks. China has also effectively integrated the BRI with the task of tackling global warming. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on 21 October 2021 chaired the first China-Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (via video link). Foreign ministers and representatives from Kiribati, Fiji, Tonga, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Samoa, as well as Secretary General … Continue reading US stirs Solomon Islands ‘colour revolution’ after Pacific nation joins Belt & Road and ends recognition of Taiwan regime

Global North CO2 targets entirely inadequate: they must rapidly cut emissions

Introduction The scientific Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this year published its key report: “Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis”.  The IPCC report gives various probabilities of hitting the key goal of restricting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, depending on a range of CO2 emissions measured in gigatons of carbon – from 300 to 900 – emitted after the beginning of 2020. The key prediction is the one with the 50% chance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, which requires that global emissions be limited to 500 gigatons of carbon. Per capita … Continue reading Global North CO2 targets entirely inadequate: they must rapidly cut emissions

China to severely punish environmental law violations in key river basins

BEIJING, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) — Chinese courts will boost judicial efforts to combat environmental law violations in the Yellow River and the Yangtze River basins, and strengthen legal accountability and penalties for such activities, according to a press conference on Thursday. The Supreme People’s Court (SPC) launched two documents at the press conference, which review the principles and judicial experience of protecting the ecological environment in the two river basins, and provide a universal standard for courts at all levels to make impartial judgments in such cases. The SPC has stepped up judicial efforts to crack down on illegal sand-mining, … Continue reading China to severely punish environmental law violations in key river basins

Western greenwashing and plutocratic misadventures – COP26 failure must usher in epochal change

For all the policy failures of COP26 it may actually be an inflection point in history – a point where social and political conditions force a transformation of consciousness and politics that can usher in epochal change. COP26 reaffirmed what has been obvious from the beginning: the Northern colonial and capitalist states most responsible for creating the climate crisis are unwilling to place people before profits in order to address the planet’s looming ecological collapse and humanitarian catastrophe. We need justice. But that word – “Justice” – despite all of the philosophical pontificating from John Locke to John Rawls, is … Continue reading Western greenwashing and plutocratic misadventures – COP26 failure must usher in epochal change

Climate change and Pacific Island nations: ‘a deep betrayal’ by the West

The first China-Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held on 22 October 2021 via video link, little more than a week before the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow. Speaking of bilateral economic cooperation, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi noted that China has signed cooperation documents for the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative with all 10 countries in the region that have built diplomatic relations with Beijing. The growing relationship between the Pacific Island nations and China is evident from the fact that there have already been three successful China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forums. The … Continue reading Climate change and Pacific Island nations: ‘a deep betrayal’ by the West

Success stories of the Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific Islands

Article published by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Through the Belt and Road Initiative, China is helping Pacific nations work towards their sustainable development goals, mitigating environmental risks and tackling global warming. China’s BRI has had success among Pacific countries by providing them with sustainable economic development and helping to reduce poverty. Its success has been due to policy reforms aimed at improving debt sustainability and mitigating social and environmental risks. China has also effectively integrated the BRI with the task of tackling global warming. Fiji In Fiji, I remember the large excited crowd that came together at … Continue reading Success stories of the Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific Islands

Beijing sets air-quality record in October with lowest PM2.5 on record

BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) — In October, the monthly reading for PM2.5 fell to an average of 25 micrograms per cubic meter in Beijing, the lowest measurement in autumn and winter (October to March) since data was first collected in the capital, authorities said on Monday. The average concentration of PM2.5 in the city was 32 micrograms per cubic meter in the first 10 months of this year, according to the Beijing Municipal Ecology and Environment Bureau.Autumn and winter are periods with large pollutant emissions and unfavorable meteorological conditions. In October, Beijing has taken a slew of measures to tackle … Continue reading Beijing sets air-quality record in October with lowest PM2.5 on record

China continues financial assistance for a resilient Pacific environment

 17 November 2021, Apia, Samoa – The People’s Republic of China has continued its support for a resilient Pacific environment with the presentation of its yearly financial assistance to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the lead agency in the Pacific region for managing and protecting the environment.  Chinese Ambassador, His Excellency Chao Xiaoliang, presented the annual financial assistance of USD 200,000 to the Director General of SPREP, Mr Kosi Latu, during a ceremony at the SPREP Headquarters in Apia, Samoa. It is the continuation of the annual contribution from China to the Secretariat since 1998. The initial … Continue reading China continues financial assistance for a resilient Pacific environment

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

Crude steel output drops: China’s green transformation of steel industry unfolds

China’s average daily crude steel output hit its lowest point since 2018 in October 2021 amid the country’s bid to cut carbon emissions and gear up green transformation of the steel industry, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Last month, China’s crude steel output dropped by 23.3 percent year on year to 71.58 million tonnes, reporting an average daily output of around 2.31 million tonnes, 6.1 percent lower month on month, MIIT data showed. In the first 10 months of the year, the country produced 877 million tonnes of crude steel, down 0.7 percent over one … Continue reading Crude steel output drops: China’s green transformation of steel industry unfolds

China’s new solar EVs have range of up to 724 kilometres

Chinese automaker EdisonFuture, a subsidiary of renewable energy firm SPI Energy. In 2020, the Chinese company SPI Energy expanded its presence in the United States, and also acquired a full stake in the US company Phoenix Motorcars, creating the EdisonFuture startup. EdisonFuture has just released its new range of Solar Electric Vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the US, after revealing the EF1-T, its first electric pickup with a retractable solar panel roof last month. Now, the firm has shown off a solar-powered delivery van called the EF1-V, and also provided more information on its EF1-T pickup truck. A ‘modern … Continue reading China’s new solar EVs have range of up to 724 kilometres

CHINA LEADS WORLD IN RENEWABLE ENERGY CAPACITY

CHINA LEADS WORLD IN WIND POWER, SOLAR POWER, BIOMASS POWER & HYDROPOWER Among the renewable energy sources, the installed capacity of hydropower, wind power, solar power and biomass power generation has reached 385 million, 299 million, 282 million and 35.34 million kilowatts respectively, all ranking first around the globe.China’s accumulative installed capacity of renewable energy reached 1 billion kilowatts by the end of October 2021, doubling that at the end of 2015, according to the National Energy Administration on Sunday. SOURCE: ECNS – http://www.ecns.cn/…/2021…/detail-ihatchnz0427621.shtml Continue reading CHINA LEADS WORLD IN RENEWABLE ENERGY CAPACITY

China reports progress in environmental protection on rivers, lakes

BEIJING, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) — Solid progress has been made in China’s campaign against behaviors detrimental to the environment of rivers and lakes in the past three years, according to the Ministry of Water Resources. A total of 185,000 cases of irregularities such as arbitrary occupation, mining, heap and construction have been addressed since the campaign was launched in 2018, said the ministry. Some “hard nuts” in lake and river protection have been cracked, while major irregularities such as unapproved construction and reclamation have been effectively contained, it said. During the campaign, China has cleared over 40 million square meters … Continue reading China reports progress in environmental protection on rivers, lakes

China and India fully justified to phase down coal

The 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change concluded in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov 13 without making any significant movement forward. There is no clarity on whether limiting the global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius remains a practical objective. One participant probably put it right: Though there was no progress, the process isn’t dead yet. We’re hanging in there. The Western countries can never be the villains. The United States had always been the crack in the West’s armor. But when former president Barack Obama brought it into the Paris Agreement, … Continue reading China and India fully justified to phase down coal

China reiterates commitment to Belt and Road green development

We will continue to develop a green Silk Road, encourage businesses to fulfill their social responsibility, learn from environmental, social, and governance concepts, and build more eco-friendly projects with a high standard, in a bid to pursue the green development of the Belt and Road cooperation. Han Wenxiu, CPC Central Committee Statement on BRI at press conference on guiding principles of 6th plenary session of 19th CPC Central Committee, by Han Wenxiu, deputy director in charge of routine work of the Office of the Commission for Financial and Economic Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, on November 17, 2021. At … Continue reading China reiterates commitment to Belt and Road green development

World Insights: China’s green BRI a boost to global climate governance

BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) — China on Tuesday summarized in a landmark resolution the sweeping, historic and transformative changes in its ecological and environmental protection endeavors. The resolution, adopted at the sixth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee held in Beijing last week, coincides with the country’s renewed version of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) — a green BRI, resolving to “make green a defining feature of Belt and Road cooperation.” From practicing at home the new concept of green development to promoting overseas low-carbon energy transformation and technological innovation among its Belt and Road partners, from … Continue reading World Insights: China’s green BRI a boost to global climate governance