China poised to back Thailand’s move to solar

China’s foothold in producing solar panels in Thailand, as well as investing in and building solar power stations there, will be essential if the country is to continue to move away from fossil fuels with sufficient speed. Thailand is in the midst of a policy shift toward solar projects.  In March 2021 Thailand announced it … Continue reading China poised to back Thailand’s move to solar

“Sponge cities” aim to make China’s 126,000 km² of coastal areas resilient to rising sea levels from climate change

Since 2014, thirty pilot sponge cities were named, using permeable water systems and green infrastructure to manage floods, replenish water supplies, and restore ecosystems, though experts continue to stress importance of reducing carbon emissions. This article explains how the most populous nation on the planet is responding to the threat of rising sea levels and … Continue reading “Sponge cities” aim to make China’s 126,000 km² of coastal areas resilient to rising sea levels from climate change

How ocean currents reveal new secrets about climate change

Massive ocean currents, such as the gulf stream, move heat from one part of the planet to the other. This process, in part, helps to give Western Europe its mild winter climate.  But climate change is already having a visible effect on the world's temperatures and scientists are starting to build a clearer picture of … Continue reading How ocean currents reveal new secrets about climate change

BRI wind farm bringing green energy to Ethiopia

By ZHAO RUINAN | China Daily | 2021-07-31 Forbidding deserts could prove the best places for giant wind power farms, generating abundant and clean sources of energy. That conviction has been driving hundreds of engineers and construction workers from China and Ethiopia over the past three years in their mission to build a wind power … Continue reading BRI wind farm bringing green energy to Ethiopia

Scientists produce high-resolution urban floor area map of China

by Zhang Nannan, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 30 July 2021 Recently, using random forest regression models, scientists estimated an urban floor (building) area map with high accuracy for mainland China. This map, produced by Prof. Liu Miao and Associate Prof. Li Chunlin from the Institute of Applied Ecology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), in … Continue reading Scientists produce high-resolution urban floor area map of China

Wulipo National Nature Reserve added to Hubei Shennongjia World Heritage Site

By WANG KAIHAO in Beijing and DENG RUI in Chongqing | China Daily | 2021-07-30 A nature reserve in Chongqing was included as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Wednesday during the ongoing 44th session of the World Heritage Committee in Fuzhou, Fujian province. The Wulipo National Nature Reserve in Wushan county was … Continue reading Wulipo National Nature Reserve added to Hubei Shennongjia World Heritage Site

Climate change opens new avenues for China-EU cooperation

Having set ambitious climate targets and drawn up sweeping plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions, both China and the European Union are staying on track to pursue sustainable development and thereby to shape a green future, which opens up new vistas for bilateral cooperation. FRANKFURT, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Shuttling between stations in an assembly … Continue reading Climate change opens new avenues for China-EU cooperation

Chinese university develops new material to accelerate solid state battery production

A team at University of Science and Technology of China has developed a new material that could potentially help lower the production costs of solid state lithium batteries and accelerate their commercialization into EVs. The new material, lithium zirconium chloride, offers a reduced material cost and necessary performance, all while remaining stable. As published on Nature Communications this week, … Continue reading Chinese university develops new material to accelerate solid state battery production

Interview with Wang Yi, China’s NPC Standing Committee member, on routes to carbon neutrality

Introduction Since China elevated the concept of “ecological civilization” to the level of national policy in 2012, the country has made great strides in tackling air pollution, with severe smog almost a thing of the past. The energy transition has also seen successes, with the proportion of coal in the primary energy mix falling year after year and renewables … Continue reading Interview with Wang Yi, China’s NPC Standing Committee member, on routes to carbon neutrality

China adopts new Green Development Guidelines for Foreign Investment and Cooperation

On July 16, 2021, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of China issued the “Green Development Guidelines for Foreign Investment and Cooperation” (hereinafter referred to as the 2021 Green Guidelines see link to full document at end of this article).  The Guidelines focus on both investment and trade. With … Continue reading China adopts new Green Development Guidelines for Foreign Investment and Cooperation