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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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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The pandemic’s true death toll is millions more than official counts: Nature

Countries have reported some five million COVID-19 deaths in two years, but global excess deaths are estimated to be double or even quadruple that figure (i.e. 12 million to 22 million). On 18 January 2022, the journal Nature published a news item examining the likely real death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic. Nature said: “On 1 November, the global death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic passed five million, official data suggested. It has now reached 5.5 million. But that figure is a significant underestimate. “ “Records of excess mortality — a metric that compares all deaths recorded with those expected … Continue reading The pandemic’s true death toll is millions more than official counts: Nature

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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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Omicron spread shows China got it right on Covid-19 strategy, top disease expert says

Wuhan lockdown was landmark decisive move that drastically contained the spread of the coronavirus in China, Zhong Nanshan says Expert credits rapid testing and universal vaccination coverage, along with stringent controls with country’s success Foreign nations should realise by now that China’s so-called over the top approach in handling the pandemic was the correct one, the country’s top respiratory expert has said, as the Omicron variant spreads around the world at record-breaking pace. The remarks from Zhong Nanshan, China’s No 1 epidemiologist who helped shape its Covid-19 response, came as he reviewed the pandemic in the country over the past two years. Covid-19 … Continue reading Omicron spread shows China got it right on Covid-19 strategy, top disease expert says

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China’s Shanxi province strengthens grassland protection

Shanxi is a province in North China with a large area of grasslands. According to the census on grassland resources in the 1980s, the province’s natural grassland area is 45,520 square kilometers, accounting for 29 percent of the province’s total area. Grasslands in Shanxi are mainly distributed in the marginal areas of the Taihang and Lyuliang mountains and the central basin. There are six major types of grassland in Shanxi, including mountain meadows, mountain shrubs, and mountain grasslands. Grasses in the province are rich and diverse, and many species have high scientific, academic and economic development value. North China’s Shanxi … Continue reading China’s Shanxi province strengthens grassland protection

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Research reveals possible genetic ‘exchange’ between Covid-19 Omicron variant and common-cold virus

The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 likely acquired at least one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from another virus – possibly one that causes the common cold – present in the same infected cells, according to researchers. This genetic sequence does not appear in any earlier versions of the coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, but is ubiquitous in many other viruses including those that cause the common cold, and also in the human genome, researchers said. By inserting this particular snippet into itself, Omicron might be making itself look “more human,” which would … Continue reading Research reveals possible genetic ‘exchange’ between Covid-19 Omicron variant and common-cold virus

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Fukushima radiation to affect entire Pacific Ocean in 10 years

Chinese scientists from Tsinghua University have mapped out the potential global effects of Fukushima radioactive discharge, suggesting that if the contaminated water is discharged to the ocean, it is expected to sprawl across the entire Pacific Ocean within 10 years. … Continue reading Fukushima radiation to affect entire Pacific Ocean in 10 years

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China to supply Africa with additional 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, pledges to jointly implement nine programs

BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday announced that China would provide an additional 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and pledged to jointly implement nine programs on China-Africa future cooperation. “I am convinced that the concerted efforts of China and Africa will make this FOCAC Conference a full success, one that shall pool the mighty strength of the 2.7 billion Chinese and Africans and guide us toward a high-level China-Africa community with a shared future,” Xi said while addressing the opening ceremony of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation … Continue reading China to supply Africa with additional 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, pledges to jointly implement nine programs

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China’s Yarlung Tsangpo canyon: An irreplaceable ecological asset

Should this be China’s next big national park? The Yarlung Tsangpo canyon and its surroundings are homes to China’s largest expanse of primary forest. The rivers and deep gorges here house isolated populations of plants and animals that have evolved into new species and subspecies – many of which are as yet unknown to science. The valley’s steep V-shaped sides funnel warm moist air from the Indian Ocean north to the plateau, creating a habitat suitable for a broad range of plants and animals. The Yarlung Tsangpo River flows through the valley, and flows on to become the Brahmaputra River when … Continue reading China’s Yarlung Tsangpo canyon: An irreplaceable ecological asset

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Add ‘wings’ to bullet trains to make them even faster: Chinese scientists

China wants even faster bullet trains, and a team of scientists in the southwest of the country have suggested a way to do it: add wings. Their study found that adding five pairs of small wings on each train carriage would generate additional lift and reduce the weight of the train by nearly a third, taking the top speed to 450km/h. The research is part of a project launched by China earlier this year named CR450. The programme is a nationwide research effort which aims to develop a new generation of high-speed trains by solving a range of technical issues related … Continue reading Add ‘wings’ to bullet trains to make them even faster: Chinese scientists

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Feeding 1.4 billion: China’s floating fish farms

Ningde of southeast China’s Fujian Province produces China’s cultured seafood. Thousands of fish farmers, who resided along this coastal area for decades have transferred this little fishing village into the epicenter of the yellow croaker industry – producing 75 percent of the nation’s total output. VIDEO: Click to watch SOURCE: CGTN, 8 Oct 2019 Continue reading Feeding 1.4 billion: China’s floating fish farms

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Feeding 1.4 billion: Smart farming with China’s big grain silo

Sixty percent of people in China live on rice as their staple food, and most of this rice is produced in the “Rice Capital” that is northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. Here, the town of Jiansanjiang is one of the most important grain-producing bases in the country, with 15 state-owned farms. In recent years the farms have shifted from manual planting to full mechanized production with the practice of China’s smart agriculture technology. This involves remote satellite sensing maps, big data and 5G. It means that smart farms may one day be transformed into unmanned farms, using advanced technology to put … Continue reading Feeding 1.4 billion: Smart farming with China’s big grain silo

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Coronavirus infections increase among deer in US, new study shows

Preface In August 2021, China Environment News reported that samples collected by Canadian virologists showed that “one-third of white-tailed deer, a familiar sight on US lawns and golf courses, in the north-eastern United States have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 — a sign that they have been infected with the virus.” See ‘Corona virus rife in common US deer‘. Earlier peer reviewed research published in March 2021 in the Journal of Virology confirmed that deer had been shown to shed the virus by the nasal secretion and faeces. Scientists were concerned about the emergence of new animal ‘reservoirs’ — animal populations that harbour SARS-CoV-2. … Continue reading Coronavirus infections increase among deer in US, new study shows

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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 Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change

This report was prepared by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, and published in November 2019, with the stated aim of helping all interested people fully understand China’s policies and actions, and their performance and effects in addressingclimate change since 2018. Below, China Environment News reproduce the MEE’s Foreword to the document. The full document can be found at the following link: http://english.mee.gov.cn/Resources/Reports/reports/201912/P020191204495763994956.pdf Foreword The Chinese government has always attached great importance to addressing climate change.Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized for many times, addressing climate change shouldnot be done at others’ requests, but on … Continue reading China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change

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Blaming China for the climate crisis is shameful nonsense

The West has followed a Cold War agenda of demonising the world’s most populous country, when in fact it is China that emits less per-person than the US and many of its other critics, while leading the way in renewable energy, reforestation and electric vehicles. Carlos Martinez writes: In the run-up to the Cop26 UN Climate Change Conference, currently taking place in Glasgow, politicians and media in the West conducted a coordinated and insistent campaign to shift responsibility for the climate crisis on to China. US President Joe Biden claimed in his closing statement to the G20 summit, the day … Continue reading Blaming China for the climate crisis is shameful nonsense

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China launches real-time glacier monitoring system

Yulong Snow Mountain and Glacier Park is a popular recreation area. It is a national park known as Yulong National Park (or Lijiang Yulong National Park) located in Yulong Mountain, in southwestern China. The Yulong Glacier is also a primary source of fresh water for Western China. Cable cars take tourists up and down the mountain, there is a cable to an observation platform sitting at 4,506 m with stunning views of the mountain. The more adventurous can continue hiking up to a second observation area at 4,680 m which provides better glimpses of the snowy summit at 5,596 m. … Continue reading China launches real-time glacier monitoring system

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Rethinking Grid Integration and Carbon Neutrality in China

Prospects for a massive renewable power expansion to achieve carbon neutrality in China and beyond In achieving the goal of carbon neutrality in China, the problem is no longer the cost or feasibility of sufficient renewable generation, but rather the challenges it introduces into the grid because of its variability. There are many uncertainties about pathways to mid-century carbon neutrality in all major emitting nations, but one fundamental aspect is certain: they will require massive expansions of wind and solar power to displace coal- and gas-fired power. China Environment News recently reported on research by a Chinese-US team that found … Continue reading Rethinking Grid Integration and Carbon Neutrality in China

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Chinese mining companies adopt new geothermal technologies to cut carbon emissions

Iron tailings, traditionally an industrial waste, can now play a role in environmental protection. In northeast China’s Jilin Province, more than 70 hectares of saline-alkali soil have been transformed into fertile land that can produce 7,500 kg of rice per hectare with the help of iron tailings. “We make use of the unique physical and chemical characteristics of iron tailings to improve the soil quality,” said Xiong Hongqi, deputy general manager of Ansteel Mining Co., Ltd. Many mining companies shared their experiences of carbon emission reduction at the 23rd China Mining Conference and Exhibition that concluded Saturday in north China’s … Continue reading Chinese mining companies adopt new geothermal technologies to cut carbon emissions

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5G autopilot buses on trial in Zhengzhou, China

The Zhengzhou Bus Repair Plant was established in 1963 and today is China’s largest bus and coach manufacturer. The Yutong Bus company has a global market share of 15%, and 30% share of the China bus market. The business focuses on the production of all electric (NEV) and hybrid electric buses. It supplies these buses world wide, including Mexico, Kazakhstan, Denmark, Chile, Yutong buses has been shipped buses to over 130 countries countries, including France, UK, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan province, Manufacture is centred in Zhengzhou, is a major manufacturing epicentre of China with a network of vast industrial zones and tech … Continue reading 5G autopilot buses on trial in Zhengzhou, China

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Conserving China’s crop biodiversity

A recent article in China Dialogue discusses the importance of conserving China’s agricultural plant biodiversity for future food security. Maintaining crop genetic diversity is a vital aspect of biodiversity in China, and around the world – hence the importance of looking after “germplasm” in China. Agricultural biological diversity (agrobiodiversity), is a small component of biodiversity, and presents two levels: genetic resources for food and agriculture, and the provision of ecological services. All the components contribute to sustain the key functions of agro-ecosystems. Germplasm means living genetic resources, such as seeds or tissues, maintained for plant or animal breeding, preservation and other … Continue reading Conserving China’s crop biodiversity

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China’s development of a carbon-neutral electricity system: 43% of electricity will be solar by 2060

Researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing, Nankai University in Tianjin, Renmin University of China in Beijing and Harvard University in the USA have found that solar energy could provide 43.2% of China’s electricity demands in 2060 at less than two-and-a-half U.S. cents per kilowatt-hour. For comparison, coal power tariffs in China ranged 3.6 to 6.5 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2019. The research was published as the cover article of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). This study is significant as it demonstrated: “Solar photovoltaic power is gaining momentum as a solution to intertwined air pollution and climate challenges in China, driven … Continue reading China’s development of a carbon-neutral electricity system: 43% of electricity will be solar by 2060

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Mission Impossible: China’s South-North Water Transfer Project

Introduction by Kelvin Kwok Freshwater is an important resource in many countries especially developing ones, and many people in these regions do not really have access to it in daily life. Unfortunately, this issue tends to receive much less attention compared to, say, air pollution, partly because it seems less relevant to the buzzwords like global warming, but also because it does not really affect the most developed countries that are currently steering the climate change campaigns. Here Kelvin Kwok shares an article about China’s grand project of relocating a colossal body of freshwater, designed to mitigate disastrous floods in the … Continue reading Mission Impossible: China’s South-North Water Transfer Project

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