Groundwater levels around Beijing rise 9.64 meters in 6 years

The ecological restoration of Beijing’s rivers and lakes, combined with efforts at water conservation, have resulted in a significant rise in the groundwater level, the Beijing Water Authority said Monday. As of 2021, the groundwater depth in the plain area of Beijing had risen by 9.64 meters over a six-year period, the authority said. Meanwhile, the over-exploitation area in the Chinese capital decreased by 82 percent compared with 2015. Pan Anjun, director of the authority, said that the city’s overall groundwater reserves in the plain areas have increased by 2.94 billion cubic meters since 2021. In previous years, Beijing suffered … Continue reading Groundwater levels around Beijing rise 9.64 meters in 6 years

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China’s High-Speed Rail Network: Unstoppable Growth

CHINA’s railway network now exceeds 150,000km following the opening of several new lines at the end of 2021, including various high-speed lines, taking the length of the high-speed network to more than 40,000km. Two-thirds of the total high speed rail network in the entire world is in China. According to China Railway (CR), China spent Yuan 748.9bn ($US 117.43bn) on investment in railway fixed assets in 2021, putting 4208km of new lines into operation, of which 2168km were high-speed lines. CR carried 1.37 billion passengers during the year.   China’s State Council released on 19 January 2022 the plan for rail … Continue reading China’s High-Speed Rail Network: Unstoppable Growth

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China’s highest-altitude mega hydropower station is fully operational

China’s highest-altitude mega hydropower station, Lianghekou plant, went fully operational on 18 March 2022 in Sichuan Province, contributing significantly to the development of clean energy as well as setting nine world records in hydropower station construction. The project is being developed by Yalong River Basin Hydropower Development Company with a total estimated investment of $10.8 billion USD. Built at an average altitude about 3,000 meters with a total installed capacity of 3 MW (3 million kilowatts), the Lianghekou hydropower plant is a run-of-the-river hydroelectric facility and the seventh largest power station located in the Yalong River basin in Ganzi Tibetan … Continue reading China’s highest-altitude mega hydropower station is fully operational

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The global energy landscape behind the Russia-Ukraine war

Context As the recent Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to heat up, the world energy market is experiencing huge tensions. The author points out the stark reality of the global energy landscape behind the war and the urgency for developing countries to build a united community in order to address the issues of global energy equity and justice and the race for influence in the sector. Key Points Within the previous global framework, capital flowed from rich to poor countries while resources moved in the opposite direction. However, the flow of energy is reversing due to the growth of emerging economies. BP, … Continue reading The global energy landscape behind the Russia-Ukraine war

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How China became the world’s largest contributor to forest growth

Context China’s rapid economic development has been accompanied by environmental problems that have been the subject of much criticism. On March 12, the 44th Arbor Day in China, Liu Min and Hu Angang used detailed data to show the lesser well-known achievements of China’s forestry industry and the reasons that drove them. Key points From 1990 to 2016, the world’s forest area and carbon sink – the ability of forests to absorb and store carbon dioxide – entered a period of sustained decline. During the same period, China increased its forest area by a net 553,000 square kilometers, equivalent to 3.8 … Continue reading How China became the world’s largest contributor to forest growth

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Hungary-Serbia railway section opened: a Balkans Belt and Road Initiative

The Belgrade-Novi Sad section of the 350-km Belgrade-Budapest railway was inaugurated on Saturday in Serbia’s Novi Sad. Once finished, trains will run at a speed up to 200 km/h between Belgrade and Budapest, bringing the Balkans closer to central Europe. China is financing parts of a high-speed train route from Budapest, through Serbia and North Macedonia to the Greek port of Piraeus. A section of the Chinese-built Hungary-Serbia railway opened on Saturday in Serbia, marking a milestone, according to the China State Railway Group, the company that manages and oversees all of the country’s railway projects. The section linking Belgrade, … Continue reading Hungary-Serbia railway section opened: a Balkans Belt and Road Initiative

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Wealthy senior citizens in developed countries pose carbon-reduction challenge for ‘world factories’ like China, Middle East, study finds

Wealthy senior citizens in the US and Australia have the highest per capita footprint, twice the average level of western Europe and more than triple that of Japan. … Elderly people consumed about a third more meat and dairy than their middle-aged compatriots, especially in Western European countries. The higher consumption of protein-rich food translates to greater amounts of energy needed to produce it. The growing ranks of wealthy senior citizens leading carbon-intensive lifestyles in developed countries pose a challenge for global efforts to reduce carbon emissions, according to a scientific study. The trend creates obstacles for the emission mitigation efforts of developing economies … Continue reading Wealthy senior citizens in developed countries pose carbon-reduction challenge for ‘world factories’ like China, Middle East, study finds

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Call for Hong Kong to establish ‘Carbon Trading Center for Asia’

Special: 2022 Two Sessions (ECNS) — A “Carbon Trading Center for Asia” should be established in Hong Kong to help develop green finance, Chen Qingxia member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, suggested in an interview with China News Service on Saturday. By establishing the “Carbon Trading Center for Asia” in Hong Kong, the region’s high-degree internationalization advantage can be fully utilized, said Chen Qingxia, also honorary president of HKCPPCC Members Association. The carbon economy system in the Great Bay Area needs to be built via in-depth cooperation with China’s Guangdong Province … Continue reading Call for Hong Kong to establish ‘Carbon Trading Center for Asia’

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Chinese company helps build Italian offshore wind farm – first in Mediterranean Sea

A Chinese company has supplied the turbines to help build the first offshore wind farm in the Mediterranean Sea. The wind power plant is based in the southern Italian city of Taranto, once known for environmental woes tied to one of Europe’s largest steel smelters. The “Taranto Off-Shore Project,” includes 10 turbines producing 3 megawatts of power each, to be completed in part with Chinese equipment supplier Ming Yang Smart Energy Group Ltd. According to media reports, the participation of Ming Yang Smart Energy Group Ltd is important because previous supplier, German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion, was unable to supply … Continue reading Chinese company helps build Italian offshore wind farm – first in Mediterranean Sea

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China’s Belt and Road fosters faith in economic cooperation

China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), the world’s largest international cooperation platform with an increasing number of members, is expected to make more contributions to global economic recovery. China’s unwavering efforts to promote joint construction of the BRI will convey … Continue reading China’s Belt and Road fosters faith in economic cooperation

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China to boost forest and grass industries

China aims to boost the annual output of its forest and grass industry to 9 trillion yuan ($1.42 trillion) by 2025, according to a five-year plan released recently by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration. In the next four years, China will establish a relatively complete modern forest and grass industry and build itself into a leader in the international trading of forest and grass products, with annual imports and exports reaching a value of $195 billion by 2025. “Related production, trade and consumption will rely more on the domestic market,” the plan said. “The forest and grass industry will … Continue reading China to boost forest and grass industries

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China builds photovoltaic green hydrogen plant in Xinjiang

In Dec 2021, the China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec) launched China’s first 10,000-ton photovoltaic green hydrogen plant in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Tuesday, which is expected to produce of 20,000 tons of green hydrogen each year. Sinopec, the largest oil refiner of China, will carry out the world-class project in Kuqa City, Aksu Prefecture in Xinjiang with an investment of nearly three billion yuan (about 470 million U.S. dollars). The hydrogen production project contains five parts — photovoltaic power generation, power transformation, electrolytic hydrogen production, hydrogen storage, and hydrogen transportation. To supply enough electric power for the whole … Continue reading China builds photovoltaic green hydrogen plant in Xinjiang

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Rural women plant trees and hope in south China desert

When Tao Fengjiao was struck by lightning while planting trees in south China’s Hainan Province, she emerged largely unscathed, with only a plume of black smoke rising from her hat. Her fellow planters, all women, were terrified and thought that Tao had been killed, until she slowly got to her feet. “They all said that the miracle testified to the old saying that ‘one good turn deserves another.’ It must have been a blessing in return for my years of tree-planting efforts,” she said. Tao, 63, hails from Qizi Bay, Changjiang Li Autonomous County. The bay, located on the tropical … Continue reading Rural women plant trees and hope in south China desert

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BRI cooperation with China “transformational” for Pakistan

Cooperation with China under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) “has transformed Pakistan’s economic landscape,” Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque said. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Haque spoke highly of the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship BRI project, saying it is “transformational” for his entire country. Besides the Gwadar Port, which he said has become the crown jewel of the CPEC, Haque also lauded the eco-friendly Orange Line metro train in Lahore, the first of its kind in Pakistan, which officially opened for traffic in October 2020. “You see the … Continue reading BRI cooperation with China “transformational” for Pakistan

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Brazil’s vegetation coverage rises despite new Belt & Road hydropower project

Spanning from the Amazon area in Brazil’s northwest to Rio de Janeiro in the southeast, the 2,543-km-long Belo Monte-Rio de Janeiro 800kV power transmission line is the world’s longest. The super project covers the Amazon rainforest, the Cerrado savanna and the Atlantic coastal mountains, where many rare plants grow. When the project was finished, the vegetation coverage didn’t decrease; on the contrary, it increased. And behind that result is the work of many Chinese and Brazilians, a concrete example of Belt and Road cooperation. The Belo Monte-Rio de Janeiro transmission line is the second phase of the Belo Monte project, … Continue reading Brazil’s vegetation coverage rises despite new Belt & Road hydropower project

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China: a green 2021, a greener 2022

China planted 3.6 million hectares of forest and converted 380,800 hectares of farmland into forest in 2021, according to a bulletin released by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration on Friday. The bulletin was released a day prior to China’s Tree-planting Day which falls on March 12 every year. Wuling Mountain in Beijing./VCG The bulletin covered green achievement in aspects like forests, grasslands, wetlands, anti-desertification, forest fire control and popularity of ecotourism. In 2021, China restored 1.56 million hectares of grassland and 72,700 hectares of wetland were added or restored in the country. The number of forest fires, the area … Continue reading China: a green 2021, a greener 2022

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Smart logistics zone realizes carbon neutrality in NW China

    BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) — The “Asia No.1” smart logistics center in Xi’an, run by China’s online retailer giant JD.com, realized carbon neutrality in 2021. The 100,000 square meters of photovoltaic power generation equipment, covering the warehouse roof, supports the operation of the logistics center, according to JD.com. The green power serves the automation equipment of the center and charges the electric vehicles during the daytime. At night, the energy storage devices can release the green electricity which has been stored during the daytime to meet the peak demand. The package sorting and picking robots can operate without light, … Continue reading Smart logistics zone realizes carbon neutrality in NW China

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Chinese-built Croatian wind farm a “milestone” in green cooperation

Watch video: https://youtu.be/hUmRtqIG850 A major Chinese investment in Croatia – a wind farm with an installed capacity of 156 megawatts (MW) and estimated value of 230 million euro ($258 million) – has started operation in a trial mode, the Croatian government … Continue reading Chinese-built Croatian wind farm a “milestone” in green cooperation

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Chinese manufacturer unveils new generation of commercial maglev train

    CHANGSHA, March 10 (Xinhua) — Chinese manufacturer CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd. said Thursday that tests have been completed for its next generation of commercial maglev train. The train, with a designed speed of 200 km per hour, has achieved multiple tech breakthroughs such as unmanned driving and non-contact power supply, said Zhang Wenyue, deputy head of CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive’s maglev research institute. It is expected to be applied to intercity and urban lines of 50 km to 200 km, he added. Equipped with autonomous driving and 5G millimeter-wave communication, the train is operated by a ground control system. … Continue reading Chinese manufacturer unveils new generation of commercial maglev train

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative: United Arab Emirates builds world’s largest integrated solar power project

The latest stage of world’s largest integrated solar power generation project has been connected to the national grid of the United Arab Emirates for power generation in the city of Dubai, converting solar energy into electricity for locals around the … Continue reading China’s Belt and Road Initiative: United Arab Emirates builds world’s largest integrated solar power project

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Powering China’s energy transition

China is increasingly looking to secure its future energy needs with sustainable alternatives. In accordance with the 2016 Paris Agreement, China committed to make non-fossil fuel energy 20 percent of its energy supply by 2030 and to peak CO2 emissions by 2030. Chinese President Xi Jinping expanded on that commitment in a speech to the United Nations in September 2020 when he announced that China aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Ahead of the late 2021 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, China pledged to “strictly limit” the increase of domestic coal consumption, increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around … Continue reading Powering China’s energy transition

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Laos sees its renewable energy capacity as the ‘battery of South East Asia’

Upgrading infrastructure is a key part of Lao PDR’s strategy to transform the land-locked and from ‘Least Developed Country’ status, a milestone which policymakers hope to achieve by the mid-2020s.  Lao PDR’s national plans envision it becoming the Battery of Southeast Asia by exporting electricity to the region. While Lao PDR is a landlocked country, its central location between China, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam means that it plays an important role in regional transit and offers significant opportunities for it to be developed as a key transportation hub. With limited domestic financing available, infrastructure development in Lao PDR has … Continue reading Laos sees its renewable energy capacity as the ‘battery of South East Asia’

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Regenerating farming and community agriculture in China

In China in the last 10-15 years, a new generation of young (and less young) farmers and scholars have worked together to build collaborative and cooperative small-scale Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms and hybrid forms of collective vegetable gardens for “weekend farmers” and urban Farmers’ Markets are at the basis of this movement, which is sprouting rapidly. While a small component of China’s agriculture, it potentially holds out ideas relevant to the key rural community involvement issues being explored by Government, farmers and consumers in China’s rural revitalization and food security programs. In mid November 2015, the 7th Chinese national … Continue reading Regenerating farming and community agriculture in China

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Clean organic farming brings green future in SW China

Efforts of growing organic vegetables that brings much less damage to the farmland paid off as Yunnan Province in southwest China has been trying to deliver its promise to better protect its natural recourses. In the trail field under the management of Yunling Organic Agriculture Development Co., Ltd , the organic matter in soil has been improved whereas content of some heavy metals has been reduced ever since the organic planting project started in 2017. The green fertilizer they use has left close to little pollution in the soil, which is of critical significance as the field that covers 240 … Continue reading Clean organic farming brings green future in SW China

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Pakistan’s ‘Ten Billion Tree Tsunami’ planting for a greener environment: learning from China

On September 2, 2018 Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, launched 10 Billions Trees Afforestation Project to plant 10 billion trees in the country including additional one billion seedlings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by 2023. The Billions Trees Afforestation Project (BTAP) of the Pakistani government is the world’s 4th biggest plantation project successfully implemented by Pakistan after China, India and Ethiopia. On March 1, 2022 Pakistan’s Forest Department said it has expedited spring plantation campaign in Abbottabad district through which five million saplings would be planted with the help of stakeholders, farmers and general public. Commissioner Hazara Division Motahir Zeb inaugurated the … Continue reading Pakistan’s ‘Ten Billion Tree Tsunami’ planting for a greener environment: learning from China

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