Top legislator urges improving eco-conservation legal system in China

BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) — Top legislator Li Zhanshu on Friday called for enhanced efforts to perfect China’s legal system for ecological and environmental protection. Li, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), made the remarks at a symposium on eco-environmental legislation, which was held by the Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee of the NPC. Stressing the significance of thoroughly implementing Xi Jinping Thought on Ecological Civilization, which provides fundamental guidance for the rule of law in this area, Li urged coordinated efforts to enact new laws on eco-environmental protection while revising existing ones. He … Continue reading Top legislator urges improving eco-conservation legal system in China

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China No 1 publisher of net-zero emission studies

CHINA SURGES FORWARD IN RENEWABLE ENERGY RESEARCH China has a clear lead in the publication of research over the past two decades related to the world’s climate goal of reaching net-zero emissions, a recent report has found. Its performance is also noteworthy in terms of patents that serve the goal. The conclusion was reached based on an analysis of over 1.6 million research publications between 2001 and 2020, as well as roughly 800,000 patents, all with the aim of advancing the understanding of clean energy research and innovation and the pathways toward a net-zero emissions future. Titled Pathways to Net … Continue reading China No 1 publisher of net-zero emission studies

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Why there are no urban slums in China

China has not seen the emergence of urban slums as in many capitalist countries, but instead, there has been a narrowing gap between urban and rural areas.The Chinese government is committed to rural revitalization and to reducing the urban-rural income gap and developmental imbalance. The attached article proposes a concept of “Neo-ruralism” as a way to rebuild urban-rural relations and address the problem of uncoordinated development. Urban-rural relations in China need to be investigated from the perspective of China’s gradual involvement in global capitalism since the early 20th century, and within the context of Western industrialization and capitalist globalization. During … Continue reading Why there are no urban slums in China

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The Logic Behind Shanghai’s Massive New Urban Plan

In January 2021, Shanghai mayor Gong Zheng announced that Shanghai’s days as a unified city were numbered. Instead of one sprawling city covering the entire municipality, Shanghai is planning to build five new cities within its boundaries, as the suburban districts of Jiading, Songjiang, Qingpu, Fengxian, and Nanhui are turned into what Gong termed “comprehensive node cities with radiating and driving functions.” Gong’s speech marked the first time this plan had ever been included in a Shanghai municipal government work report, and it represents the latest step in Shanghai’s efforts to balance the needs of its growing population with its hard space … Continue reading The Logic Behind Shanghai’s Massive New Urban Plan

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Nepal’s Largest Hydropower Station Starts Operation

 With the completion and operation of the Upper Tamakoshi hydroelectric power station, Nepal has not only resolved a long-standing problem of intermittent power shortages, but also realized the transformation from an electricity importer to an exporter. Nepal has begun to sell hydropower to India, which was once Nepal’s largest provider of aid. This has inspired people of the infrastructure construction in South Asia.The first generator unit at the Upper Tamakoshi Hydroelectric Power Station, the largest power station of its kind in Nepal, went into operation on July 5, 2021. Located on the Tamakoshi River in Dolakha District, approximately 2,000 meters from Kathmandu … Continue reading Nepal’s Largest Hydropower Station Starts Operation

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World ocean heat hits record high in 2021: study

Data collected for a study conducted by researchers from 14 institutes in China, the United States and Italy, published 11 January 2022 in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, has found that 2021 was the hottest for the world’s oceans in recorded human history. They researchers found that the upper 2,000 meters in all oceans last year absorbed a greater amount of heat than the previous record set just the year before, equal to 145 times world electricity generation in 2020. Since more than 90 percent of the excess heat due to global warming is absorbed by the oceans, ocean … Continue reading World ocean heat hits record high in 2021: study

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Chinese mathematicians model effects of toxicants on ecology of polluted rivers

Two Chinese applied mathematicians have developed a spatio-temporal model to help determine criteria for water quality necessary to maintain a healthy aquatic ecology. The model could offer the basis for effective decision-making tools for water and environment managers, and help develop future policy guidelines surrounding specific target species and toxicants. When designing environmental policies to limit the damage of river pollution, it is paramount to assess the specific risks that particular pollutants pose to different species. However, rigorously testing the effects of toxicants—like insecticides, plastic debris, pathogens, and chemicals—on entire groups of organisms without severely damaging their whole ecosystems is simply not … Continue reading Chinese mathematicians model effects of toxicants on ecology of polluted rivers

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Clean household heating in northern China has environmental benefits: study

Many of China’s households still rely on small coal stoves for heat, which causes air pollution that damages health. To address these problems, the Chinese government launched a five-year “Clean Heating Plan” in 2017 with the goal of transitioning 70% of northern households away from coal and toward cleaner heating options. The plan is now in its final year. A study by a group of researchers from several Chinese Universities and research institutes and Princeton University in the US have recommended an increase the use of heat pumps in rural households. Among the options studied, the researchers found air-to-air heat pumps offer … Continue reading Clean household heating in northern China has environmental benefits: study

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How will China control its methane emissions?

“Climate change experts are optimistic that China will begin systematically reducing emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas of which the country is among the world’s biggest emitters, but they say more specific measures are needed still.” Introduction: Actions in China’s 14th Five-Year Plan Long neglected, methane reduction received its first-ever mention in China’s latest five-year plan. On March 13, China published its 14th Five-Year Plan, a policy blueprint for the years 2021 to 2025, which for the first time mentioned tightening control over methane, among other non-carbon dioxide greenhouse gases. “Methane being raised to such a high position in the 14th Five-Year … Continue reading How will China control its methane emissions?

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Eighty seven percent of overseas coal power financed by G7 and other advanced economies

A recent Boston University study published in July 2021 found that Japanese, Korean and Western financiers bankroll 87 % of overseas coal power plants globally, contrary to the misconception that most new funding comes from public financing entities in China. In fact, before China banned any new funding of overseas coal projects, China accounted for only 13 % of financing for overseas coal power projects. The private sector from the G7 and other advanced economies make up the majority of overseas coal finance in the world economy. Rather than pointing fingers, the G7 should work with the G20 (including China) and other forums … Continue reading Eighty seven percent of overseas coal power financed by G7 and other advanced economies

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Belt and Road spreads in US ‘backyard’ – Latin America and the Caribbean

Introduction The US has long considered Latin America as “America’s Backyard” – its exclusive neo-colonial zone following decline of European colonial powers. Since 1823, the “Monroe Doctrine” and US actions over the past 2 centuries to subjugate Latin America and the Caribbean, have made it clear that the US was, and still is determined to ruthlessly establish and maintain itself as the absolute hegemon in the region. However, rapid changes in the world economy, in particular, the emergence of China and the Belt and Road Initiative, have and continue to transform the strategic strength of the US empire. The US … Continue reading Belt and Road spreads in US ‘backyard’ – Latin America and the Caribbean

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Chinese solar researchers increase efficiency of solar cells

Chinese scientists have developed a hybrid cooling technique to reduce photovoltaic (PV) module temperatures by up to 12.86 C and increase power yields by 7.25%. “Researchers from Zhejiang University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China have developed a hybrid solar module cooling technique based on radiative cooling (RC) and the use of heat pipes to transfer heat”, PV Magazine reports. The scientists discussed their findings in “Enhanced radiative cooling of solar cells by integration with heat pipe,” which was recently published in the scientific journal Applied Energy. The article points out that “thermal management of solar cells is of vital importance to maintain adequate electrical efficiency.” Lately, radiative … Continue reading Chinese solar researchers increase efficiency of solar cells

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High-speed rail cuts greenhouse gas emissions

China’s high-speed railway network has led to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a recent study has shown. The research found that the high-speed railway connection has led to an annual reduction of nearly 11.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions by replacing road traffic, equal to 1.33 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in China’s transport sector. Published in the journal Nature Climate Change in October 2021, the study was carried out by researchers from Singapore, Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. Researchers explained that the mitigation came from more cargo being switched to greener … Continue reading High-speed rail cuts greenhouse gas emissions

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China’s non-fossil fuel powered generation capacity to surpass coal in 2021

The installed capacity and proportion of power generated from non-fossil sources is expected to surpass those of coal-fired power generation for the first time by the end of the 2021 year. In the first half of 2021, China’s power consumption totaled 3.93 trillion kWh, up by 16.2 percent year on year, according to a report released by the China Electricity Council (CEC). The installed capacity of power generation in China is expected to reach 2.37 billion kilowatts by the end of 2021, up around 7.7 percent year on year, with that of power generated from non-fossil sources hitting 1.12 billion … Continue reading China’s non-fossil fuel powered generation capacity to surpass coal in 2021

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Financing a green future, China in action

While maintaining an effective policy mix to spur green investment, #China is working towards a policy system that supports financing activities in a market-based way, and has made efforts to help developing countries cope with climate change and promote global efforts in green transition. To facilitate #GreenFinance, China has combined top-down and bottom-up approaches to ensure that the government plays a guiding role while the market plays a decisive role in resource allocation. The next five years will be a critical period in achieving China’s carbon goals, and the central bank will continue to lay the ground for the green finance framework via … Continue reading Financing a green future, China in action

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Nature: recent scientific reports on climate change – Editor’s choice

Nature has prepared a package of 19 recent scientific reports on key aspects of climate change. “Climate change refers to a statistically defined change in the average and/or variability of the climate system; this includes the atmosphere, the 7 cycle, the land surface, ice and the living components of Earth. The definition does not usually require the causes of change to be attributed, for example to human activity, but there are exceptions.” Nature See below to link to the articles SOURCE: Nature, 25 Nov 2021 https://www.nature.com/collections/xstcgsgkmd?utm_source=facebook_ads&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=APSR_41598_AWA1_GL_PHSS_EDCOL_EC_Climate&fbclid=IwAR1d0qEVQz1yDCUdVjtCGIbQJ8i5QUyS_sZS7FrF7G6_uTOl5J4a_vDIy24 Continue reading Nature: recent scientific reports on climate change – Editor’s choice

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China to become the world leader in safe nuclear power

China connected its first small modular nuclear reactor to its power grid, making it the first country in the world to draw power from such a machine, a report from Bloomberg reveals. China Huaneng Group Co.‘s 200-megawatt unit 1 reactor at Shidao Bay is connected to the grid in the Shandong province. The company is also developing a second reactor, which is scheduled to go into full operation next year following tests. The 200-megawatt small modular reactor (SMR) is roughly a fifth of the size of China’s first proprietary reactor design, called Hualong One. Its small size allows for greater scalability as well … Continue reading China to become the world leader in safe nuclear power

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China-Brazil cooperation in clean energy has broad prospect

December 30, 2021 SAO PAULO, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — The first self-constructed and managed green field wind power generation program of CGN Brazil Energy Holdings Co., Ltd. (CGN Brazil) and Participations S. A. has started operation lately, with another wind power project started constructing on the same day. Photo shows the CGN Brazil wind power generation project in Lagoa do Barro, Piaui in northeast Brazil. With rich wind and solar resources in Brazil and advanced technology, equipment and management experiences from China, the two sides’ cooperation in developing the clean energy market has a broad prospect. Established in June 2019, … Continue reading China-Brazil cooperation in clean energy has broad prospect

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Unlocking US Sanctions: China Signs Construction & Energy Deals With Cuba

Beijing is slowly unpicking Washington’s foreign policy, sanction by sanction, country by country.   Sometimes, you just have to be patient. Cuba, the Caribbean nation long a thorn in the side of the United States since Fidel Castro took control of the island against US wishes, has managed to get around crippling US sanctions that have rendered the islands economy backwards for over 50 years by signing reconstruction deals with China as part of the Belt and Road Initiative. Cuba’s economy shrunk by 11% in 2020, and the government says it only began to grow slowly last year at just 2%. … Continue reading Unlocking US Sanctions: China Signs Construction & Energy Deals With Cuba

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China’s ‘latecomer advantage’ in achieving carbon neutrality

This article by Junfeng Li, of China’s National Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation Center, points out that achieving carbon peak / carbon neutrality in China is a broad and profound economic and social systemic change. Achieving carbon peak / carbon neutrality is a broad and profound economic and social systemic change, and must be included in the construction of ecological civilization. It is necessary to coordinate the relationship between improving energy efficiency and the development of non-fossil energy, energy transformation and development transformation, transformation and security, and improve carbon peaking / carbon neutrality. It provides analysis of progress and … Continue reading China’s ‘latecomer advantage’ in achieving carbon neutrality

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Cuba and China united by the New Silk Road

On December 23, Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz and the President of the National Commission for Development and Reform of China, He Lifeng , signed the Cooperation Plan between the Government of the Republic of Cuba and the Government of the People’s Republic of China. for … Continue reading Cuba and China united by the New Silk Road

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BRI: Pakistan’s Karot Hydropower Station begins water storage

After six years of construction, the Karot Hydropower Station in Pakistan has lowered the gates of its diversion tunnels and has officially started to store water on Saturday. The Karot Hydropower Project in Pakistan is one of the major investments under the Belt and Road Initiative. The plant is along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a 3,000-kilometer-long route of infrastructure projects connecting the two countries. It’s a milestone event, marking the completion of over 90 percent of the project. It also paves the way for power generation in eastern Pakistan in the first half of next year. Karot Hydropower Station is … Continue reading BRI: Pakistan’s Karot Hydropower Station begins water storage

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China plans to build 100 “waste-free” cities by 2025 

China has mapped out an ambitious plan to build 100 “waste-free” cities by 2025 as a pivotal move to minimize the solid waste generation and maximize its recycling in urban areas. In fact, China has launched the pilot program of the “waste-free” initiative since 2019 in 11 pilot cities including the cities of Shenzhen, Chongqing and Shaoxing, which have played exemplar roles across the nation. According to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, measures will be taken to encourage green development and transition to comprehensively reduce the amount of the waste produced while promoting the utilization rate of the recycled … Continue reading China plans to build 100 “waste-free” cities by 2025 

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China’s first high-level radioactive waste glass curing facility in operation

China’s first facility for immobilizing high-level radioactive waste in glass went into operation in the city of Guangyuan, Southwest China’s Sichuan province, on September 11, 2021. This has made China one of few countries to master this technology and is of landmark significance for the green development of China’s nuclear industry. This is a landmark project at the back end of China’s nuclear industry chain. The China Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) announced that China’s first high-level radioactive waste liquid glass curing facility was officially in operation. The operation marks a breakthrough in China’s treatment capacity for high-level radioactive waste liquids. China has … Continue reading China’s first high-level radioactive waste glass curing facility in operation

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