China overtakes UK as world’s largest offshore wind power provider

China built three times as much offshore wind-farm capacity as the rest of the world put together during 2021 – and figures show wide disparities between European nations’ rates of wind farm construction Updated information from the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that during 2021, China provided more than three-quarters of the world’s added capacity in offshore wind-power generation. A global total of 10.5 gigawatts (GW) capacity was added, of which 8GW was in China. The IEA’s figures also show that only three European nations added offshore wind capacity during 2021: Denmark (0.6GW), the UK (0.5GW) and the Netherlands (0.4GW).  The … Continue reading China overtakes UK as world’s largest offshore wind power provider

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Geothermal green heating part of China’s decarbonization plans

“China is adopting geothermal because geothermal district heating is by far the most economic means of heating available … It also answers China’s fundamental policy of carbon neutrality and combating air pollution.” City of Xian geothermal district heating The city … Continue reading Geothermal green heating part of China’s decarbonization plans

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Can the US seriously blame China for climate change?

At UN COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, the U.S. attempted to displace blame onto China for climate change, which was caused disproportionately by the advanced capitalist powers. While the U.S. media often calls China the biggest carbon emitter, this tends … Continue reading Can the US seriously blame China for climate change?

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China makes significant strides in modernization drive

Provincial-level regions across China have hosted their annual legislative and political consultative meetings in recent weeks, underlining sci-tech innovation, common prosperity, further opening up and green development, as the country works in full throttle to achieve its second centenary goal. … Continue reading China makes significant strides in modernization drive

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Geothermal power generation in China signals green future

China, less than a decade after beginning its program to deploy geothermal energy on a massive scale, now has the largest amount of geothermal district heating of any country in the world. Cornell University Introduction – geothermal energy potential in China According to research by Chinese scientists (1, 2) geothermal resources can provide green, low-carbon, and renewable clean energy, with abundant reserves and massive potential for application.  Use of geothermal heating for buildings is well advanced in China, which now has the largest amount of geothermal district heating of any country in the world. Sinopec Green Energy Geothermal Development, is … Continue reading Geothermal power generation in China signals green future

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London ‘systematically and persistently breaching air pollution limits’ since 2010, says European court

In March 2021, the UK Westminster regime was found guilty by the European Court of Justice of “systematically and persistently” breaching air pollution limits. EU Judges also found that the country failed to see through its legal obligation to put in place sufficient plans to tackle the problem of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution. London has reported illegal levels of air pollution since 2010 and it contributed to around 6,000 excess deaths in the capital in 2019, according to new research. NO2, which is emitted by gas heating boilers and cars, in the UK exceeded the legal annual average limit of 40 micrograms per cubic metre of air … Continue reading London ‘systematically and persistently breaching air pollution limits’ since 2010, says European court

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China and Russia collaborate on huge Far East transnational park for endangered tigers and leopards

Wild leopards and tigers are roaming in the far eastern wilderness again thanks to an historic China–Russia collaboration for a transnational park covering more than 1.7 million hectares. The China-Russia border region, where China’s Heilongjiang and Jilin provices, border Russia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is home to the largest wild Siberian tiger and Amur leopard populations in the world. A major success in protecting these large cat species is the functioning wildlife corridor securing the main route for tigers moving across the Russia-China border. Connectivity is critical to enable tigers to move between China’s Northeast China Amur Tiger … Continue reading China and Russia collaborate on huge Far East transnational park for endangered tigers and leopards

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China’s approach of rural revitalization

Winning the “war” in the fight against poverty has become a common action of the whole society. Its victory is a manifestation of the institutional advantages of socialism in concentrating its efforts on major events and the party’s advantages in consolidating social consensus. It is a phased strategic goal. However, economic and social development has certain objective laws. In particular, Chinese society will still be in the primary stage of socialism for a long time, and there are major social contradictions of unbalanced and insufficient development. The contradictions are mainly concentrated in agriculture and rural areas, because the development of urban … Continue reading China’s approach of rural revitalization

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China urges Green philosophy in BRI projects

In a move seen as important to further Greening of the Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese authorities have updated guidance on environmental protection for overseas operations, requiring Chinese companies to adopt environmentally friendly approaches through the entire life cycle of their projects. In the last few days, the Communist Party of China’s powerful Central Committee and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) have both widely disseminated information about updated China’s guideline on environmental protection in overseas projects. The guideline, unveiled on Tuesday, was jointly issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the Ministry of Commerce as a … Continue reading China urges Green philosophy in BRI projects

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China installs world’s largest offshore converter: massive 3.1 GW of offshore wind capacity added to the grid

An offshore converter station, developed by China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG), was installed at CTG’s Rudong wind farm in east China’s Jiangsu Province. The 15-story-tall converter station is said to be the world’s biggest, and first of its kind in Asia. The installation of the world’s largest offshore converter station was hailed by China Classification Society (CCS) as ‘a significant milestone’ in the development of deep-water wind power. The converter station commenced feeding power to the grid on 11 November 2021, and was fully connected on 25 December 2021. The project boasts higher voltage class (±400kV) and larger transmission capacity than any … Continue reading China installs world’s largest offshore converter: massive 3.1 GW of offshore wind capacity added to the grid

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‘Heroes for the Wild’: China’s nature reserve rangers

China’s one million rangers provide crucial educational bridges between leaders and locals, protecting the country’s wildlife. “China is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world while it holds 1/5 of the world’s population. To better preserve its biodiversity and the fragile ecosystems against anthropocentric threats, China has established more than 11800 protected areas covering approximately 18% of its total land area, reaching the Aichi target 11 which aims to protect 17% of land area (Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, 2016). “ “Among different types of protected areas, nature reserves have been the strictest and most predominant … Continue reading ‘Heroes for the Wild’: China’s nature reserve rangers

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Rare Chinese mountain cat released back into the wild after toe amputation

The Chinese mountain cat (Felis bieti), is under first-class national protection in China, and is endemic to China. It is listed as “vulnerable” by the IUCN Red List. Studies have shown that the species is rare and the distribution density is low, and ecological studies on their physiology, reproduction and feeding habits are scarce. A Chinese mountain cat known as “Huang Rong” was the first in the world to be successfully released back into the wild after toe amputation surgery. It was released into the Laohu Valley on Monday in Qilian Mountains National Park in northwest China’s Qinghai Province. The … Continue reading Rare Chinese mountain cat released back into the wild after toe amputation

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Beijing’s air quality has dramatically improved

The following is an extract from New Statesman: Beijing is now preparing to host the winter games in February 2022. Since 2008 Olympics the Chinese economy has more than tripled in size and annual coal consumption has increased, yet air quality in Beijing continues … Continue reading Beijing’s air quality has dramatically improved

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China offers to help rebuild Tonga after volcanic eruption

Introduction Tonga became a member of the Belt and Road initiative in November 2018. Tonga’s relationship with China dates back over a decade to the aftermath of the deadly 2006 riots in the capital of Tonga, Nuku’alofa, which destroyed much of the small Pacific nation’s central business and government districts. The Tonga Government rebuilt the city, in part, with Chinese financing provided in 2008 and 2010, and roughly $90 million in China’s initial loans to the island. China deferred the payments scheduled for the earlier loans when Tonga offically joined the BRI. The Global Times report The tsunami triggered by a massive underwater … Continue reading China offers to help rebuild Tonga after volcanic eruption

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Rising ground-level ozone pollution causes crop loss worth $63b in East Asia

Rising ozone pollution at ground level (technically, the “boundary layer” of the troposhere) is having a devastating impact on agriculture in East Asia, causing a crop production loss of nearly $63 billion annually, which may exacerbate food insecurity and health risk in the region.  Ground ozone, a greenhouse gas known for contributing massively to climate change, also impacts the growth of crops. A team of researchers studied the impact of the pollutant on three major crops of the region: wheat, rice and maize. Wheat suffers the highest production loss in East Asia, amounting to $22 billion, followed by rice around … Continue reading Rising ground-level ozone pollution causes crop loss worth $63b in East Asia

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Chinese courts introduce punitive damages in environment lawsuits

Shared by China-Environment-News.com on Facebook BEIJING — A judicial explanation issued by China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) on Thursday confirmed that polluters will have to pay punitive damages to the victims in environment lawsuits. The move aims to punish and deter offenders as well as to fully compensate victims who suffer personal or financial loss due to environmental damage, said Yang Linping, vice president of the SPC, at a press conference. Punitive damages will be granted if the offender is proven to be intentional and his or her act has caused serious consequences, Yang said.The amount of punitive damages will … Continue reading Chinese courts introduce punitive damages in environment lawsuits

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Tarea Vida (‘Life Task’) – Cuba’s action plan on climate change

Cuba is taking serious action on the threats posed by climate change. In April 2021, the Cuban News Agency (ACN) reported that the use of renewable energy sources in Cuba during 2020 reached an installed power potential of 298 Megawatts … Continue reading Tarea Vida (‘Life Task’) – Cuba’s action plan on climate change

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China outlines marine-protection tasks for 2021-2025

Shared by China-Environment-News.com on Facebook China has unveiled a plan to specify key tasks for protecting the marine environment in the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) on Monday. The plan, jointly issued by the MEE and five other departments, outlines five areas for marine-environment protection. During the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), China saw an overall improvement in its marine environment, said the MEE, but more protection efforts should be made, given that problems such as pollution and ecological degradation remain prominent, and governance systems and capacities still need to be … Continue reading China outlines marine-protection tasks for 2021-2025

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Xi says China will stay committed to promoting ecological conservation

China will stay committed to promoting ecological conservation, actively engage in international cooperation on climate, and jointly work for a complete transition to a greener economy and society, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday in remarks in a video speech at the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session..  Following the idea of “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets,” the country has carried out holistic conservation and systematic governance of its natural resources, including mountains, rivers, farmlands and deserts, Xi noted. “We do everything we can to conserve the ecological system, intensify pollution prevention and control, and improve … Continue reading Xi says China will stay committed to promoting ecological conservation

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China’s Antarctic Program and the Antarctic Treaty System

On 4 January 2022 China’s CGTN media network posted a short video announcing that a team of Chinese scientists has arrived at the Zhongshan Station and the Great Wall Station to conduct the 38th expedition in Antarctica to carry out scientific research. The link to the CGTN video is: https://youtu.be/YESKwlAEOJA In this post we provide background information on China’s Antarctic Program and the Antarctic Treaty System, of which China is a consultative party to the Treaty. We provide two back ground articles below. 1. CHINA’S ANTARCTIC PROGRAM On 20 November 1984 China dispatched its first Antarctic research expedition team, and … Continue reading China’s Antarctic Program and the Antarctic Treaty System

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‘Panda Bonds’ to help fund Africa’s energy transition: China-Africa Cooperation Forum

China’s commitment to supporting Africa’s green and low-carbon energy transition was a highlight of the 8th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which concluded on 30 November 2021 with a climate joint declaration. The Declaration on China-Africa Cooperation on Combatting Climate Change provides the shape of future partnership in the energy sector. On coal, it reaffirms President Xi Jinping’s pledge, made at the UN General Assembly in September, to stop building new coal-fired power projects abroad, a move that was welcomed by more than 120 African community organisations and NGOs. On clean energy, it includes a commitment from China to further increase investment in solar, … Continue reading ‘Panda Bonds’ to help fund Africa’s energy transition: China-Africa Cooperation Forum

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China’s Electric Vehicle sales reach record 2.9m in 2021

China’s electric vehicle (EV) sales rose by 160% to a record high of 2.9 million units in 2021, underpinning the first increase in overall car sales in the country in the past four years, reports Caixin. New-auto sales rose 3.8% to 26.3 million vehicles in 2021, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Sales of plug-in hybrids more than doubled to 600,000 units. Strength in such “new-energy” vehicles more than offset a 5% slump in other automobiles, including conventional gasoline-fueled models, amid a semiconductor shortage. The surge reflects Beijing’s push to pivot to electrics as it works to make China … Continue reading China’s Electric Vehicle sales reach record 2.9m in 2021

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China holds over 1,000 officials accountable for environmental violations

Over 1,000 officials have been investigated for environmental violations in four provinces, after receiving thousands of public complaints Over 1,000 officials have been summoned or held accountable for environmental violations as central environmental inspectors concluded their monthlong visits to four provincial-level regions, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) said. Inspection teams received more than 13,100 complaints from members of the public after they arrived in the provinces of Heilongjiang, Guizhou and Shaanxi and the Ningxia Hui autonomous region in early December, according to a media release from the MEE, where the office of the inspection is based. Staffed by … Continue reading China holds over 1,000 officials accountable for environmental violations

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China-Iran to implement comprehensive cooperation plan for energy and infrastructure

China and Iran announced the launch of the implementation of a 25-year comprehensive cooperation plan following talks on 14 Jan 2022, between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in Wuxi, east China’s Jiangsu … Continue reading China-Iran to implement comprehensive cooperation plan for energy and infrastructure

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Indonesia to build “world’s largest green industrial estate” backed by Belt and Road Initiative

PT Kalimantan Industrial Park Indonesia (KIPI), a consortium of companies from Indonesia, China and the United Arab Emirates, is financing the US$132 billion project in North Kalimantan, Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said will initially sit on 16,400 hectares of land on the … Continue reading Indonesia to build “world’s largest green industrial estate” backed by Belt and Road Initiative

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