Pacific nations warn about the threat of nuclear pollution by AUKUS

American failure to address previous nuclear contamination from its military activity does not lend credibility to Biden's or Morrison's rhetoric. Addressing the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly of the UN, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, said as his country is a party to the 1985 the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty [...]

China to boost new energy amid rationing

80-100 gigawatts of wind, solar power to be installed annually in China Photo taken on Oct. 23, 2019 shows the Nanfeng wind power field in Hami, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge) Amid public concerns over the current electricity rationing and power shortages in some provinces in China, the National Energy Administration (NEA) [...]

The Dawn of Another Age: The Communian

An extract from an article published in the Monthly Review Today the moment of truth looms large. We currently reside within a “Great Climacteric”—first identified in the 1980s by geographers Ian Burton and Robert Kates—a long period of crisis and transition in which human society will either generate a stable relation to the Earth System [...]

China cracks down on several mining firms in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Beijing demands the overseas companies obey the local government, after protests outside a Chinese mine that had ignored local orders - after Congolese authorities suspended six small Chinese firms’ operations over illegal mining and destruction of the environment. The Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC) has more than half of the world’s known reserves of [...]

UN warned on climate conflict: A warmer world will be a more violent one

Presidents of Angola, Vietnam and Ireland speak out Using apocalyptic images, three presidents and seven foreign ministers warned Thursday that a warmer world is also a more violent one. At a ministerial meeting of the Security Council, the officials urged the U.N.'s most powerful body to do more to address the security implications of climate [...]

Covid-19 appeared in the US before Wuhan, Chinese scientists claim in new research paper

Using mathematical models, a team of four Chinese scientists has argued that the first case of Covid-19 appeared between April and November 2019 in the northeastern US, long before the outbreak in Wuhan, China. “The calculation results show that the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States has a high probability of beginning to spread around [...]

‘AUKUS’ INAUGURATES COLD WAR 2.0 — IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC

Although it is not specifically about environmental matters, this post will be of particular interest to our members as the majority come from the Asia Pacific region. War is of course a major threat to both humanity and nature. China Environment recommend this article by Thomas Hon Wing Polin (from his China's World page on [...]

China embraces carbon-pricing to help reach CO2 emissions neutrality

A carbon-pricing mechanism is one of the new models China embraced as it pledged to reach peak emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, which "will bring enormous opportunities in investment and earthshaking changes in financial business models," said Xiao Gang, former head of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. It's been two months [...]

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China will host the first part of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), which is scheduled to be held from October 11 to 15 in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan Province. Themed "Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth," the COP15 [...]

Mega green projects give China lead in clean energy generation

With a batch of mega new energy projects put into operation this year, the government vowed to accelerate the pace of coal reduction and strictly control coal power projects while accelerating the development of non-fossil fuel energy power generation such as wind and solar power. China already has the world's largest solar power capacity, with [...]

Xi’s pledge on stopping coal-fired projects overseas marks Beijing’s ‘firmest determination, greatest effort’ to curb global warming

  Source: Global Times Published: Sep 22, 2021    Aerial photo taken on Dec. 13, 2019 shows the power plant PLTU Java 7 in Bojonegara subdistrict of Banten province, Indonesia. Unit 1 of Indonesia's coal-fired power plant PLTU Java 7 developed by a consortium of Chinese and Indonesian companies. Photo: XinhuaChinese President Xi Jinping's pledge [...]

China confirms it will cease building new coal-fired power projects abroad

Xi Jinping says China will stop building coal plants overseas. This almost completely ends the international finance of coal in a single sentence. Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (via video conference) on September 21, 2021. In keeping with China's long-held approach of [...]

THE CENTRALITY OF CHINA: THEN AND NOW

By Thomas Hon Wing Polin "The best single expression of China’s vision for the 21st century is its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the most ambitious development project ever. It is a contemporary version of the original Silk Roads (one land, one maritime), which helped the ancient world flourish for more than a millennium." "BRI’s [...]

Defence or Defenestration

By Anthony M Leong Dumping Australia’s French submarine contract, then awarding it to the USA and Great Britain, whilst establishing a new “AUKUS” alliance, has many consequences, mostly problematic. Has Australia’s reputation been thrown out the window? It is axiomatic that any government has a moral obligation to defend its citizens and borders. Citizens must [...]

China unveils 5-year plan to control plastic pollution

BEIJING, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday unveiled a plan on controlling plastic pollution over the next five years, aiming to effectively curb white pollution by 2025. The action plan, jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, aims to “further improve the management of the [...]

China shows willingness in cooperating with US on climate issue

US realizes cooperation with China indispensable: Analysts  US climate envoy John Kerry on 1-2 September 2021 made his second visit to China inside five months under China’s invitation, at a time when the bilateral relationship has hit a nadir not seen in decades. China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment announced on Tuesday that Kerry would visit China [...]

Southeast Asia’s Most Ambitious Project: Kunming-Singapore Railway

The new Kunming-Singapore railway, a massive network of railways that is under-construction. The huge rail network will connect China, Singapore, and the rest of the mainland countries of Southeast Asia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=2ahlS2HLLhk&fbclid=IwAR0Xr8MTs6TgK8QpkwHpme0piRidaEQR6HHbcrL0POF09VMcA_bd_IJzRjQ Note, according to ASEAN Today : "Plans to build a multi-billion-dollar high-speed railway linking Singapore and Kuala Lumpur have been officially canceled, according to [...]

China helps provide 56% of new renewable energy capacity in sub-Saharan Africa

Attempts by the United States and its allies to dismantle the solar-energy industry in China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region over allegations of so-called forced labor carry huge implications for cutting global carbon emissions and energy connectivity in developing countries. China is the world's largest producer of solar energy products, and Xinjiang has taken the lead [...]

A third of global wildlife and tree species on a glidepath to ‘mass extinction’: scientific experts

Nearly 30 percent of the 138,374 species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List are at risk of extinction, the global conservation body reported last Saturday. A separate report published by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BCGI) on Wednesday said that a third of the world's tree species were also [...]

China’s top-down actions dispel carbon peak doubts

TAIYUAN, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Orderly and steady progress has been made in China's green and low-carbon transition, as the world's largest energy producer and consumer has vowed to reach its carbon dioxide emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. On Friday, north China's coal-rich Shanxi Province hosted the Taiyuan Energy Low [...]

From blueprint to reality, China-Africa cooperation bearing rich fruit

From the operation of Kribi deep sea port in Cameroon, to the building of Africa's "Great Green Wall", the grand blueprint for China-Africa cooperation is turning into reality, bearing rich fruit across the African continent. BEIJING, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- At a landmark summit three years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping and African leaders drew [...]

China’s Juncao technology spreads agricultural benefits to developing nations

Juncao technology, a method that uses chopped grass as substrate for growing edible and medicinal mushrooms and as forage for livestock, is a unique Chinese invention that uses agricultural resources of light, heat and water in a holistic way. The technology of Juncao-jun translates as "mushroom" and cao as "grass"-enables circular production involving plants, animals [...]

Laos-China Railway to be Green, Low-Carbon Railway

The external power grid project along the Laos-China railway has been completed and is now ready to supply power to the railway, which is scheduled to officially open in early December this year. The China Southern Power Grid Company has completed the installation of electricity transmission poles along the Laos-China Railway, saying the railway will [...]

Details of plot to harm Hong Kong revealed

By GRENVILLE CROSS 31 August 2021 About the author: Grenville Cross is a senior counsel, law professor and criminal justice analyst, and was previously director of public prosecutions of the Hong Kong SAR. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Standard, the South China Morning Post, and China Daily. This piece was printed simultaneously [...]

China and African nations push for new global fund to secure biodiversity accord

China and African nations are pushing for the establishment of a multi-billion-dollar "global biodiversity fund" to help developing countries meet goals agreed in the UN Convention on Biodiversity being negotiated to protect nature, U.N. officials and observers said. About 195 countries are expected to finalise a new accord to safeguard the planet's plants, animals and [...]