China’s key industries could hit peak coal use by 2024, new research shows

BEIJING : China’s major coal consuming industries, including power, steel, cement and coal chemical production, could hit peak use of the fossil fuel around 2024, a government research report said on Wednesday. China has pledged to bring its carbon emissions to a peak by 2030 and to start phasing down coal use after 2026. The four industrial sectors made up more than 86 per cent of total coal consumption and more than 70 per cent of total carbon emissions in China. China is the world’s biggest coal user and greenhouse gas emitter, due to its large population which is 4.35 times that … Continue reading China’s key industries could hit peak coal use by 2024, new research shows

Developing countries should not pay for Western emissions, say majority of world population at COP26

The bloc of four countries called ‘BASIC’ – comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China – sought a fresh long-term climate finance goal at the recent UN-led COP26 summit on climate change in Glasgow, Scotland. In a statement presented by India’s environment minister, Bhupender Yadav, on behalf of the Basic countries during the opening of the COP26, said the bloc highlighted a road map for the delivery of the promised $100 billion climate finance support for developing countries, and a carbon market mechanism that facilitates private sector engagement in the fight against climate change. The Basic grouping also said its … Continue reading Developing countries should not pay for Western emissions, say majority of world population at COP26

China hardens stance on crypto currency mining: ‘not consistent with efforts to save energy and cut carbon emissions’

“Virtual currency mining consumes a lot of energy and results in carbon emissions, which do not play a positive role in promoting industrial development and technological improvements.” China’s top economic regulator announced on Tuesday it will intensify regulation over virtual currency mining as part of the country’s ongoing efforts to save energy and cut carbon emissions. Meng Wei, a spokeswoman for the National Development and Reform Commission, said the commission will strengthen regulation over virtual currency mining with a key focus on industrial and centralized mining, State-owned entities that mine virtual currency and bitcoin. Meng said at a news conference … Continue reading China hardens stance on crypto currency mining: ‘not consistent with efforts to save energy and cut carbon emissions’

The South China Sea holds a key to sustainable blue economies

Do a search Google on the South China Sea and likely as not you’ll encounter far more links about South China Sea “disputes” rather than “cooperation.” This shows that for most people disputes are the main features of the South China Sea. This is not surprising. In recent years, a series of incidents in the South China Sea between China and other nations such as the Philippines and Vietnam have highlighted intensified competition for natural resources, unilateral activities by claimant states and foreign interventions. All these point to signs that a resolution of South China Sea disputes is fraught with difficulties. … Continue reading The South China Sea holds a key to sustainable blue economies

Failure of the Western ‘left’ to understand the cause of environmental crisis

Readers of China Environment News will be aware that we have always tried to make a clear distinction between Western ‘liberal’ environmentalism and anti-imperialist ecological socialism, as exemplified by China’s integration of ecological civilization in to its approach to socialism. The failure of the Western “left” to break from supporting the anti-China agenda pursued by the US and a relatively small number of subsidiary, rich Western countries, is a topic we have often discussed in China Environment News. This problem can be traced back to so-called Western Marxism’s rejection of the dialectics of nature, as conceived especially in the later … Continue reading Failure of the Western ‘left’ to understand the cause of environmental crisis

Africa’s Great Green Wall

While all deserts, including the Sahara, increase in size during the dry season and decrease during the wet season, human-caused climate change in conjunction with natural climate cycles, are causing the Sahara desert to grow more and shrink less. Since 1920, the Sahara has grown beyond its initial boundaries and gobbled up more space, growing by nearly 10 percent. The desert is advancing south into more tropical terrain, turning green vegetation dry and soil once used for farming into the barren ground. Despite the Global North being the most significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, it is … Continue reading Africa’s Great Green Wall

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

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

COP26 concludes with Glasgow Climate Pact but stubborn issues remain uncertain

SEE EMBEDDED VIDEO The United Nations climate change conference concluded in Glasgow on Saturday after a one-day extension, with negotiators agreeing on a new global pact to tackle climate change. Nearly 200 participating countries adopted the Glasgow Climate Pact at the end of 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The pact is the first COP agreement to explicitly reference fossil fuels, including oil, gas, and coal, and acknowledge their role in escalating climate change. The agreement calls for a massive reduction in coal power and fossil fuel subsidies … Continue reading COP26 concludes with Glasgow Climate Pact but stubborn issues remain uncertain

Significant changes in China’s response to climate change

On Oct. 27, 2021 China released a white paper titled “Responding to Climate Change: China’s Policies and Actions“, the third chapter of which documented its significant changes in response to climate change. As a responsible major country, China is making its due contribution to the global response to climate change. 1. Coordinating Economic Development with Reductions in Pollution and Carbon Emissions As is showed, China is committed to integrating green development into the whole process of economic development. China’s carbon intensity in 2020 was 18.8 percent lower than that in 2015, a better result than the binding target set in … Continue reading Significant changes in China’s response to climate change

‘It’s not time for rhetoric’ to tackle climate change: PNG minister

The developed countries need to take real action to meet their historical obligation and help island countries tackle climate change, Wera Mori, the minister for environment, conservation and climate change of Papua New Guinea (PNG), has said. “My message to the developed countries is that they’ve got to basically meet their obligations… It’s not the time for rhetoric,” Mori said. Mori made the remarks in Glasgow, Scotland, as negotiators met for the second week at the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “We are a victim as a … Continue reading ‘It’s not time for rhetoric’ to tackle climate change: PNG minister

China’s Wuhan to host Ramsar Convention on Wetlands 14th COP meeting

China will host the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP14) in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA) said on Monday. The meeting will be held November 21-29, 2022, according to the NFGA. It is the first time China will host such a meeting, the administration said. Photo: Birds at Fuhe Wetland in Wuhan City, central China’s Hubei Province. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, also known as the Convention on Wetlands, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and … Continue reading China’s Wuhan to host Ramsar Convention on Wetlands 14th COP meeting

China, U.S. top envoys highlight cooperation on climate change

“The release of the joint declaration shows again that cooperation is the only right choice for both China and the United States. By working together, our two countries can accomplish many important things that are beneficial not only to our two countries but the world as a whole,” said Xie Zhenhua, China’s special envoy for climate change. GLASGOW, Britain, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) — Top envoys from China and the United States have underscored the importance of cooperation as the two countries issued a joint declaration on tackling climate change. China and the United States issued the China-U.S. Joint Glasgow Declaration … Continue reading China, U.S. top envoys highlight cooperation on climate change

Fact check: China and U.S. roles on issue of climate change

People’s Daily Online Recently, U.S. politicians have continued to hype groundless accusations against China on the issue of climate change: “China bears the greatest responsibility for climate change” and “China failed its climate commitment.” The latest unfounded remarks came from … Continue reading Fact check: China and U.S. roles on issue of climate change

China in strong position to share expertise, makes decisive contributions to the battle against climate change: UNDP representative in China

Global Times, By Cao Siqi and Zhao Yusha – Published: Nov 12, 2021 China and the US released on Thursday a joint declaration on tackling climate change during the ongoing 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, the UK. In an exclusive interview with the Global Times, Beate Trankmann, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative in China, said that China is in a strong position to share its expertise and makes decisive contributions to the global fight against climate change. She also called for global cooperation as climate change is not an issue that any one country can … Continue reading China in strong position to share expertise, makes decisive contributions to the battle against climate change: UNDP representative in China

China emerges as a responsible player in mitigating climate crisis: US climate scientist

 Source: People’s Daily, November 09, 2021 China’s pledge to peak carbon emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 could be “challenging,” but “challenging” is not the same as “impossible,” wrote Professor Angel Hsu, a climate scientist and an assistant professor of public policy and the environment at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In her guest essay entitled “Don’t be so quick to doubt China’s climate change dedication” published in the New York Times on Monday, the American scholar pointed out that China’s “new” climate pledge at the United Nations COP26 climate summit in Glasgow should not be viewed as … Continue reading China emerges as a responsible player in mitigating climate crisis: US climate scientist

Lasting environmental and health impacts of US chemical warfare in Southeast Asia – 50 years on

The Vietnam War (1955-1975) is known to the Vietnamese as the “American War,” or the “War Against the Americans to Save the Nation.” In 1954, countries at the United Nations in Geneva agreed to hold a general election in the former French colony divided by Cold War alliances. Since the communist north Vietnam wanted to unite the country, the United States did not want an election and backed the south in a bid to stop communism from gaining ground in Southeast Asia. A year later, the Vietnam War broke out. As part of the American War, US military sprayed more … Continue reading Lasting environmental and health impacts of US chemical warfare in Southeast Asia – 50 years on

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

China introduces regulation on groundwater management

Xinhua 09 Nov 2021, 21 BEIJING, (Xinhua) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has signed a State Council decree unveiling a regulation on the management of groundwater. The new regulation, which will take effect on Dec. 1, has set out specific rules for groundwater in the areas of survey and planning, conservation and protection, over-exploitation treatment, pollution control, and supervision and management. Local water administrations and natural resource and ecological environment authorities should conduct survey and evaluations on groundwater conditions, and make underground protection and pollution control arrangements accordingly, it said. To enhance groundwater conservation and protection, the total amount of … Continue reading China introduces regulation on groundwater management

Bolivia’s President denounces the ‘carbon colonialism’ of the West at COP26

Bolivia’s President Luis Acre has called for abandonment of “green capitalism” and for better international cooperation on climate change. He questioned whether rich countries would live up to their responsibility and made the case for climate justice at the World Climate Summit in Glasgow. Bolivia is a member of the Like Minded-Group of Developing Countries (LMDC). It is a group of developing countries who organise themselves as a block in negotiators in international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. The member countries represent more than 50% of the world’s population. The following the LMDC countries negotiate in the United Nations Framework … Continue reading Bolivia’s President denounces the ‘carbon colonialism’ of the West at COP26

New Chinese built renewable energy projects in Central and South America promise to transform the region

New project contracts in Central and South America promise to transform the region Power Construction Corp of China, or PowerChina, said it will step up its expansion in the Latin American market. As part of its plan, it has already signed a construction contract for a 200-megawatt photovoltaic power project in May with Argentina’s Jujuy Provincial Energy and Mineral Co. In addition to the new 200-megawatt power plant, the project includes the expansion of the Cauchari PV plant, the largest and highest of its kind in South America, more than 4,000 meters above sea level with extremely superior sunshine resources. … Continue reading New Chinese built renewable energy projects in Central and South America promise to transform the region

Two years on from COP25 in Madrid: West still shafting developing nations in Glasgow on climate change

Re-reading the editorial we wrote 2 years ago in December 2019, when China Environment News had just begun, reminds us that the contradictions we pointed to then have only intensified. The previous UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid in December 2019 was sabotaged by the rich Western nations, led by the US, when they refused to significantly progress their 2009 COP15 promise for a $100 billion per year global fund to help developing nations tackle climate change. So it was no surprise that discussions on finance at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow got off to a difficult start … Continue reading Two years on from COP25 in Madrid: West still shafting developing nations in Glasgow on climate change

Greening of the Belt and Road Initiative and COP26

The following article by Shakeel Ahmad Ramay, Chief Executive Officer of Asian Institute of Ecocivilization, Pakistan, details how China is working energetically to ‘green’ the Belt and Road Initiative, divesting from fossil fuel projects, promoting renewable energy projects, and working closely with other countries to agree standards and strategies on sustainable development. The article was first published in China Focus on 4 November 2021. “China has also increased investment in clean and renewable energy. The data of the BRI investment shows a steady increase in investment for green energy.” A lot has been written about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), but … Continue reading Greening of the Belt and Road Initiative and COP26

Allegations about China and carbon pollution are rooted in racism

It’s wrong to paint the Chinese as the world’s biggest environmental villains, but mainstream media outlets do it all the time. When I was young, there was a joke going round which went something like this: “Americans eat way more candy than British people!” “Really?” “Yes! Because there are more of them!” This piece of playground humor works by presenting an apparently clear fact, and then revealing the context that shows it up as misleading. In truth, British people ate far more candy per person than Americans. That may be just a feeble junior school joke for most people, but … Continue reading Allegations about China and carbon pollution are rooted in racism

China’s ‘latecomer advantage’ in achieving carbon neutrality

A week before the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, China submitted its climate targets and implementation plans to the UN. The country aims to reach CO2 emissions peak by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Many people, however, remain skeptical about whether China will be able to fulfill its commitments. Li Junfeng believes that the country will meet its targets. Since 2006, China has implemented effective carbon reduction measures, such as the “dual control” policy of reducing energy intensity and consumption with key performance indicators for all levels of regional governments. In 2013, the majority of provinces saw … Continue reading China’s ‘latecomer advantage’ in achieving carbon neutrality