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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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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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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FAO and China agree to implement Phase 3 of South-South Cooperation

The agreement marks the official launch of Phase III of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme after China’s announcement of an additional $50 million in funding The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has signed an agreement with the Chinese Government officially launching Phase III of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Programme. The General Agreement was signed by the Director-General of FAO, Qu Dongyu and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China,Tang Renjian. It followed the announcement by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September 2020 of an additional $50 million in funding … Continue reading FAO and China agree to implement Phase 3 of South-South Cooperation

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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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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 industrialization of agriculture by capitalism and Metabolic Rift

The following is an extract from Capitalism and Robbery: The Expropriation of Land, Labor, and Corporeal Life, by John Bellamy Foster et al, Monthly Review, Dec 01, 2019. See also: The review of Guano and the opening of the Pacific world, recently shared by China Environment. ********************* Marx presented a systematic analysis of how industrialized agriculture robbed the land of necessary nutrients. He recognized and provided the basis for assessing the interlocking oppressions and processes of expropriation that accompanied this soil crisis. Nutrients from the countryside accumulated as waste in the cities and were washed away to sea as part … Continue reading  The industrialization of agriculture by capitalism and Metabolic Rift

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Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World

The 19th century search for fertilizer drove imperialist expansion and ecological destruction Climate & Capitalism: Ecosocialist Discussion BOOK REVIEW by Martin Empson Author: Gregory T. CushmanGUANO AND THE OPENING OF THE PACIFIC WORLDA Global Ecological History In the last two … Continue reading Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World

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Protect or hunt? Environmental management of wild boars in China

Crop-eating wild boars have been a headache for local villagers for years in Tongjiang, a mountainous county nestled in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. “If they don’t come tonight, they will come tomorrow night, or the day after tomorrow. They will … Continue reading Protect or hunt? Environmental management of wild boars in China

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China industrializes biological humus to improve soil quality

A type of biological humic acid, featuring high purity and high activity, extracted from agricultural and forestry waste has been industrialized and used for soil restoration in China. A large amount of agricultural and forestry wastes are burned in the open air due to the lack of large-scale high-value utilization, resulting in environmental pollution and resource wastage. Humic acid is an internationally recognized green and effective environmental material for soil restoration that is in urgent need. Industrialization of rapid pyrolysis of humic acid has stably served the bulk and high-value utilization of agricultural and forestry wastes since 2012, said Tian … Continue reading China industrializes biological humus to improve soil quality

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China light-splitting greenhouse also generates solar power to run the greenhouse’s operation

Chinese researchers have developed a new type of light-splitting greenhouse roof that can allow visible light to enter while converting near-infrared light into electricity. A group of researchers from the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, developed this new greenhouse covering structure based on the solar spectral splitting utilization, according to China Science Daily. Visible light, with a wavelength from 400 nanometers (nm) to 780 nm, is critical for driving the photosynthesis process of greenhouse plants, but near-infrared light, with a wavelength from 780 nm to 2,500 nm, has little … Continue reading China light-splitting greenhouse also generates solar power to run the greenhouse’s operation

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“Ecological Bank” brings benefits to Chinese farmers – opens another door for green funding

Liangshan Bank Thanks to the local “Liangshan Bank,” green resources that were once deemed useless by farmers are now assets. The name “Liangshan Bank,” or “the bank of two mountains,” came from the “two mountains” concept of Chinese leadership, according to which “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets.” Apart from being a traditional lender, Liangshan Bank acts as a platform to integrate green resources and transform them into assets with development value. The Liangshan Bank acts as a platform for integrating the management rights of green resources to make better use of them. Those who have deposited resources … Continue reading “Ecological Bank” brings benefits to Chinese farmers – opens another door for green funding

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‘Soil observatories’ in China helping to create more sustainable agriculture

All over the world, agriculture is threatened by degraded soils – and China is no exception.Stripped of carbon from intensive farming, soils erode more easily, host fewer microbes and hold less water and nutrients. Fertilisers and pesticides applied to improve crop … Continue reading ‘Soil observatories’ in China helping to create more sustainable agriculture

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Egypt, China establish joint lab for smart agriculture

Egyptian and Chinese scientific research institutions have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint laboratory for smart agriculture, the Chinese Embassy in Egypt said in a statement on Wednesday. The agreement, which calls for establishing a joint lab for smart agriculture cooperation, as well as executing important cooperative research projects, holding scientific seminars and conferences, and exchanging visits of professors, lecturers, and students between Egypt and China, was signed between Egypt’s National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS), which belongs to the country’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and China’s Institute of Agricultural Resources … Continue reading Egypt, China establish joint lab for smart agriculture

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China’s largest agricultural germplasm resources survey makes progress

China’s largest survey of agricultural germplasm resources, launched in March this year, has made progress, with some endangered resources rediscovered, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said Tuesday. The survey will spend three years completing a comprehensive survey of crops, livestock, poultry and aquatic resources to identify the types, quantity, distribution and traits of resources, and rescue, collect and protect a number of rare, endangered and unique resources. “Up to now, the nationwide survey and collection of crop germplasm resources have been completed in 2,323 counties, with the survey coverage rate in administrative villages of livestock and poultry reaching … Continue reading China’s largest agricultural germplasm resources survey makes progress

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Modernising China’s agriculture – Jack Ma backs government on food security

“Jack Ma’s reappearance shows that he will focus more on philanthropy, and that he agrees with and supports the official direction and current themes of eradicating poverty, rejuvenating rural areas and common prosperity.“ Introduction Alibaba founder Jack Ma seems set to take a role in agricultural development going by his latest moves to break into the agriculture industry, says an article in Lianhe Zaobao (Think China) on 3 November 2021. The article notes that Ma is not the only tech giant in town attempting to use big data and technology to increase agricultural yields. For China, this is a good move that would add to … Continue reading Modernising China’s agriculture – Jack Ma backs government on food security

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China’s socialist market economy and rational macro controls

Much has been written about China’s socialist market economy since October 1992, when the concept was formally endorsed. Many have debated its true nature. Is it really a socialist or a market economy? Is it an unwieldy synthesis of both, or has it through time matured into a manageable system for continued national development? And relatedly, especially since 2008 (although such policymaking is much older), what are macro controls and how do they support both the concepts and practices associated with the Chinese economy?  One question that has bedeviled socialists in particular is whether a socialist market economy is a … Continue reading China’s socialist market economy and rational macro controls

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