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 [...]

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 [...]

New draft of wetlands protection law strengthens conservation and increases fines for damage to wetlands

China has a total wetland area of 53.6 million hectares, ranking it the largest in Asia and fourth in the world. Due to consistent protection efforts, China's wetlands grew by about 202,600 hectares from 2016 to 2020. The National Forestry and Grassland Administration report that more than half of the country's wetlands are now being [...]

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 [...]

How does China’s National Park system work?

National parks came into existence over a century ago in order to improve the protection of valuable natural landscapes in countries worldwide. But the management of the parks involves more than ecology. "The essence of national parks is a form of land management," according to Cao Yue, assistant professor from the Institute for National Parks [...]

UNESCO and China: Building the eco-civilization that leaves no one behind

"Etiquette and culture are learned after people's granary becomes full. Honor and shame are distinguished when the folks have enough to eat and wear." The words from the ancient Chinese statesman and philosopher, Guan Zhong, living in the Spring and Autumn Period about 2,700 years ago, demonstrate the Chinese philosophical wisdom in discerning the linkage [...]

China makes progress in solid waste treatment

BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- China has made progress in preventing solid waste pollution, said a report on the enforcement of the Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste. All provincial-level regions in China have made their plans to advance waste sorting, stated the report submitted to the ongoing session [...]

China vows closer ties with Pacific Island countries on environment

Foreign Minister Wang Yi China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday that China is willing to work with Pacific Island countries for a closer comprehensive strategic partnership. Wang made the remarks while chairing the first China-Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers' Meeting via video link. Wang said the relations between China and Pacific Island countries [...]

Cuba now officially part of the Belt and Road Energy Alliance

Cuba has officially joined the Alliance for Energy of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a project to build an international mega-platform for cooperation and exchange under the principle of shared profit. The announcement was issued by the Cuban Foreign Ministry in a statement this Monday, October 18, 2021. During the second ministerial conference [...]

Tibet in Western media vs the real Tibet on the ground

#ChinaChat Miao Xiaojuan, host of the China Chat program on New China TV, talks with two American experts who visited Tibet - Shaun Rein (of China Market Research Group) and David Blair (of Centre for China and Globalization). Together the two visitors share their firsthand experiences on the trip, delve deeper into Western views of [...]

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 [...]

China issues guideline on green development in urban, rural areas

The general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council have issued a guideline underpinning green development in urban and rural areas. The guideline sets a target that by 2025 the institutional mechanisms and policy systems for green development in urban and rural areas will be basically established. The country [...]

China sets 2025 efficiency goals for energy-intensive industries

BEIJING :China's government said on Thursday energy-intensive industries like steel, aluminium, cement and oil refining should ensure that more than 30per cent of their production capacity meets tighter energy efficiency standards by 2025. The goals, published on the website of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), have been set to put China on track [...]

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, [...]

African foundation hails China’s pledge to support biodiversity conservation

China's financial pledge to support biodiversity conservation in developing countries illustrates its commitment to promoting planetary health, the Nairobi-based African Wildlife Foundation said in a statement. During the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, or COP15, in Kunming, the capital of southwest Yunnan Province, China announced [...]

China to further improve forest coverage and biodiversity by 2025

China will take more affirmative actions to increase forest cover and boost biodiversity by 2025, China's forest and wildlife conservation authority announced. The announcement was made at a press briefing by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration(NFGA), during which NFGA officials responded to reporters' questions on the country's 14th Five-Year-Plan (2021-2025) about ecosystem restoration and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How Chinese infrastructure projects let nature be nature

"On a beautiful day, you could see various animals, zebras, gazelles, giraffes, even elephants," Fauzia Hussein, a passenger on the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway, described the wildlife she observed along the route. Since it opened to traffic in 2017, the Mombasa-Nairobi railway has been crossed by countless wild animals migrating between north and south, bringing a spectacle [...]

Melting the Roof of the World: Impact of Climate Change on the Tibet High Plateau, China

High up in the Tibet Autonomous Region and western China lies the Tibetan Plateau, an imposing landmass of huge importance to Asia. Now, climate change is threatening to melt its glaciers. What does this mean for China and south Asia? Nicknamed the ‘Roof of the World’, the Tibetan Plateau, or 青藏高原 (Qīng–Zàng Gāoyuán), far surpasses [...]

Kunming Declaration – Full Text

China Environment editorial note: The Kunming Declaration (see full text in English here) was adopted today. Its main purpose is to reaffirm the global political commitment to tackling the biodiversity crisis, and continue the process of coming to an agreement on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). The text is agreed by ministers of all parties to [...]

Kunming Declaration adopted at COP15

Parties to the United Nations Biological Diversity Convention have adopted the Kunming Declaration, as a two-day high-level segment of the 15th meeting of the conference of the parties to the convention, or COP 15, concluded on Wednesday. A copy of the full text of the Kunming Declaration is available at this link: The largest [...]

Beautiful China: Promoting ecological civilization with concrete action

Ensuring a balance between environmental protection and economic development is a challenge for the world, especially for China, a country which has undergone fast-paced development. On July 1, China announced the realization of Xiaokang society, or "a moderately prosperous society in all respects," with its GDP soaring to about $15.7 trillion last year from 67.9 billion [...]

China’s path to global ecological civilization

Two months ago, a herd of China's wandering Asian elephants finally returned home after a 17-month odyssey that caught global attention.But the discussion on ecological civilization continues, and the public's ongoing interest in these international stars reflects that more and more awareness is being paid to the issue.China's efforts to escort the elephants home also [...]

Historic Lao China passenger train named Lane Xang to arrive on Friday

The first passenger train to run on the Laos-China railway, which is scheduled to open on December 2, is expected to arrive in Vientiane on Friday. The Prime Minister’s Office on Monday issued a notice that named the historic passenger train ‘Lane Xang’ – Laos’ former name when the country was known as the Lane [...]