How thousand year old rice-fish-duck agro-ecosystem benefits villagers in Guizhou, China

This thousand year old agro-ecosystem is recognized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as an the outstanding representative of Chinese traditional alpine agriculture, and is listed by the FAO as a Designated Site of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage, … Continue reading How thousand year old rice-fish-duck agro-ecosystem benefits villagers in Guizhou, China

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Agriculture and environment: China’s food security depends on self-reliance in seed production

The soybean plant is a native to China. Scientists believe that modern cultivated soybean was domesticated from wild soybean 6000–9000 years ago. There is historical evidence that domesticated soybean was introduced from north-eastern China 2500 to 3000 years ago, leading to the agricultural revolution in the Eastern Zhou Dynasty.  There is an abundance of archeological evidence that suggests the Yellow River basin as the origin of soybean domestication. However, biological evidence based on phylogenetic and clustering analyses, and using chloroplast and mitochondrial DNA, identifies the Yangtze region in Southern China as the most genetically diverse and the likely birthplace of soybean domestication. … Continue reading Agriculture and environment: China’s food security depends on self-reliance in seed production

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Biodiversity protection efforts in China offer lessons for world

By Erik Solheim It’s time that China shared its successful nature conservation stories with the world. In the early days of China’s reform and opening-up in the 1980s and ’90s, China had much to learn from the rest of the … Continue reading Biodiversity protection efforts in China offer lessons for world

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China to increase steel recycling 23% by 2025

China is the world’s top metals consumer. In 2021 China recycled 80 percent of the 600 million tons of all solid waste produced by its steel industry. In July 2021 the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said China would raise the substitution rate of renewable resources to primary resources and enhance utilisation of low-grade ores, tailing dams and other resources. In 2020 China recycled around 260 million tonnes of scap steel, which replaced up to 410 million tonnes of 62% of its iron ore input, according to the NDRC. It has pledged by 2025 to increase steel scrap recycling … Continue reading China to increase steel recycling 23% by 2025

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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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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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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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China outlines major tasks on urbanization, urban-rural development

Shared by China-Environment-News.com on Facebook BEIJING, March 17 (Xinhua) — China’s top economic planner has unveiled major tasks in promoting new urbanization and integrated urban-rural development in 2022, vowing to deepen reform of the household registration system and help migrant workers better integrate into cities. In deepening reform of the household registration system, cities with a permanent resident population under 3 million should remove all limits on household registration, according to the plan released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). The renovation of old urban communities will be accelerated, as the country aims to improve the basic living … Continue reading China outlines major tasks on urbanization, urban-rural development

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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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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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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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China domesticated geese 7000 years ago – first bird domesticated for food in the world, say scientists

New research findings suggest that the inhabitants of Tianluoshan, an ancient rice cultivation village in the lower Yangtze River valley in China, domesticated geese 7,000 years ago, making them the oldest domesticated poultry species in the world. The goose may be the oldest domesticated poultry in the world’s history, with evidence from China suggesting that the birds may have existed among humans thousands of years ago, according to a new finding published Monday in the international academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers said ancient goose bones collected from a 7,000-year-old rice-farming village in east China’s Zhejiang province indicated … Continue reading China domesticated geese 7000 years ago – first bird domesticated for food in the world, say scientists

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Tanzania recommends adoption of Chinese Juncao technology to promote sustainable agriculture

Shared by China-Environment-News.com on Facebook DAR ES SALAAM, March 9 (Xinhua) — The government of Tanzania recommended the adoption of the Chinese Juncao technology to promote sustainable agriculture and the livestock industry in the east African nation. Juncao, which literally means “mushroom” and “grass,” can be used, as its name suggests, to grow edible mushrooms, as livestock feed or as a green barrier to stop desertification. Mashimba Ndaki, the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, said on Tuesday the government has launched the application of funds from the Chinese government for implementing the Juncao technology for livestock fodder and mushroom production. Ndaki … Continue reading Tanzania recommends adoption of Chinese Juncao technology to promote sustainable agriculture

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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 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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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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China releases plan to support carbon peak, neutrality goals

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on Wednesday released a strategic action plan to support scientific and technological efforts to achieve the country’s carbon peak and carbon neutrality goals.  The plan aims to solve core scientific and technological issues to promote an energy revolution, industrial optimization and upgrading, and a green and low-carbon technological revolution, thus providing strong scientific and technological support for the country’s carbon targets.  By 2025, the CAS will have made breakthroughs in a number of key technologies supporting the carbon peak goal and promoting the low-carbon and green transformation of the economy and society, according to … Continue reading China releases plan to support carbon peak, neutrality goals

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Beijing declares success in clearing the air

“Beijing has demonstrated to the world over the past 20 years that a megacity with a rapidly increasing GDP, vehicle count, population and energy consumption can move forward to cut air pollution effectively. The PM2.5 reduction over the past few years has surpassed that of developed countries during the same period.” Yu Jianhua (Beijing Municipal Ecology & Environment Bureau) Joint efforts bring environmental improvements to Chinese capital In addition to rapid economic development in the Chinese capital, one of the most impressive changes is improvement in local air quality. On Jan 4, the municipal authorities in Beijing announced a comprehensive … Continue reading Beijing declares success in clearing the air

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China’s new power market reforms to accelerate energy transition

China’s electricity market reforms have reached an inflection point, with the potential to play an increasingly large role in accelerating the transition to clean energy, argues Anders Hove, in an article originally published by China Dialogue. Power shortages and recent energy policy announcements in China have drawn renewed focus to the topic of energy security, particularly to the supply of coal and coal-fired electricity. The recent scramble to boost coal supply and stabilise coal power output highlighted China’s reliance on the fuel for baseload power, and may appear to have put cleaner alternatives at a disadvantage. But new reforms adopted in recent … Continue reading China’s new power market reforms to accelerate energy transition

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Five models of peasant engagement in rural environmental protection – rural revitalization in China

Context The Central Document No. 1, released on 22 February proposed promoting green development of rural agriculture and further implementing the five-year action plan to improve the rural living environment by 2025. Participation of the peasants determines the effectiveness of these goals. However, according to Wang Xiaoli and He Jianying, at present, peasants have a low level of participation in and low motivation for environmental governance. Summary The authors summarize their hands-on experiences and make suggestions for promoting effective peasant participation by combining the following five models. According to the authors, the treatment models they outline are still in the … Continue reading Five models of peasant engagement in rural environmental protection – rural revitalization in China

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Wildfires to increase by 50% by 2100: warns UN Environment Programme

Due to climate change and changes in land use, wildfires are predicted to rise by up to 14 percent by 2030, 30 percent by 2050 and 50 percent by the end of the century, according to a report published on Wednesday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal. The report, “Spreading like Wildfire: The Rising Threat of Extraordinary Landscape Fires,” says that wildfires and climate change are “mutually exacerbating.” Wildfires are made worse by climate change through increased drought, high air temperatures, low relative humidity, lightning, and strong winds resulting in hotter, drier, and longer fire seasons. At the … Continue reading Wildfires to increase by 50% by 2100: warns UN Environment Programme

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