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

Beijing, Moscow strengthen energy security collaboration

China and Russia have been stepping up energy cooperation during the first nine months of this year with bilateral energy trade reaching a new high, and the two sides vowed to further enhance energy cooperation in sectors like oil and gas, nuclear, petrochemicals and renewables. Bilateral trade between China and Russia in the energy industry in the January-September period reached $34.9 billion, which accounts for 34.3 percent of the total bilateral trade between the two sides, data from the National Energy Administration showed. Scale of electricity trade between China and Russia during the fourth quarter is expected to rise from … Continue reading Beijing, Moscow strengthen energy security collaboration

Anglo-US military pollution is the skeleton in the West’s climate closet

Western politicians wanted to emerge from the Glasgow COP26 climate summit with their “green credentials” burnished, proving that they have done everything in their power to prevent a future global temperature rise of more than 1.5C. Climate scientists and developing nations are already doubtful whether the pledges being made go far enough. But the visible activity at the summit hid a much starker reality. The very nations proclaiming moral leadership in tackling the climate crisis are also the ones doing most to sabotage a meaningful agreement to reduce humanity’s global carbon footprint. The armed forces of the US and the UK … Continue reading Anglo-US military pollution is the skeleton in the West’s climate closet

China-Brazil wind power project enters operation

CGN Brazil Energy Holding Co., a branch of China General Nuclear Power Group, announced its LDB wind power expansion project was completed and put into operation Thursday. The LDB wind power expansion project is located in Lagoa do Barro in northeast Brazil, with a total installed capacity of 82,800 kW. It is the first Greenland wind power project independently constructed and managed by CGN Brazil Energy, with its annual power generation expected to reach 366 million kWh. CGN’s LDB wind power expansion project in Brazil. (Photo provided by CGN) In addition, the TN wind power project located in northeast Brazil … Continue reading China-Brazil wind power project enters operation

China’s renewable energy model: sharing it to developing nations

Republished by China Environment from China Dialogue under a Creative Commons licence. Having said it will stop building coal power plants overseas, could China instead export its renewable energy model to developing nations? In Yinchuan, Ningxia province, on the eastern side of the Yellow River, over four million solar panels turn to the sun. Below the panels, 10,000 mu (667 hectares) of goji berries wait to be picked. This is a mixed “solar + agriculture” project, launched in 2016 by the Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group. Prior to 2016, this part of the Gobi Desert was as dry as any other. Today, it generates … Continue reading China’s renewable energy model: sharing it to developing nations

China to crackdown on methane emissions

China will endeavor to draft an action plan for methane emission control during the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) period and intensify efforts to establish monitoring and accounting systems for the greenhouse gas, an official said at a news conference on Thursday. Lu Xinming, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment’s deputy director for climate change, also said that following thorough research into its methane emissions, the country plans to hammer out effective measures to reduce emissions in sectors including coal mining, agriculture and urban solid waste disposal. “China will strive to promote the development of technologies to recycle the gas for … Continue reading China to crackdown on methane emissions

US stirs Solomon Islands ‘colour revolution’ after Pacific nation joins Belt & Road and ends recognition of Taiwan regime

China’s BRI has had success among Pacific countries by providing them with sustainable economic development and helping to reduce poverty. Its success has been due to policy reforms aimed at improving debt sustainability and mitigating social and environmental risks. China has also effectively integrated the BRI with the task of tackling global warming. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on 21 October 2021 chaired the first China-Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (via video link). Foreign ministers and representatives from Kiribati, Fiji, Tonga, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Samoa, as well as Secretary General … Continue reading US stirs Solomon Islands ‘colour revolution’ after Pacific nation joins Belt & Road and ends recognition of Taiwan regime

Global North CO2 targets entirely inadequate: they must rapidly cut emissions

Introduction The scientific Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this year published its key report: “Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis”.  The IPCC report gives various probabilities of hitting the key goal of restricting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, depending on a range of CO2 emissions measured in gigatons of carbon – from 300 to 900 – emitted after the beginning of 2020. The key prediction is the one with the 50% chance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, which requires that global emissions be limited to 500 gigatons of carbon. Per capita … Continue reading Global North CO2 targets entirely inadequate: they must rapidly cut emissions

Western greenwashing and plutocratic misadventures – COP26 failure must usher in epochal change

For all the policy failures of COP26 it may actually be an inflection point in history – a point where social and political conditions force a transformation of consciousness and politics that can usher in epochal change. COP26 reaffirmed what has been obvious from the beginning: the Northern colonial and capitalist states most responsible for creating the climate crisis are unwilling to place people before profits in order to address the planet’s looming ecological collapse and humanitarian catastrophe. We need justice. But that word – “Justice” – despite all of the philosophical pontificating from John Locke to John Rawls, is … Continue reading Western greenwashing and plutocratic misadventures – COP26 failure must usher in epochal change

Climate change and Pacific Island nations: ‘a deep betrayal’ by the West

The first China-Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held on 22 October 2021 via video link, little more than a week before the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow. Speaking of bilateral economic cooperation, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi noted that China has signed cooperation documents for the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative with all 10 countries in the region that have built diplomatic relations with Beijing. The growing relationship between the Pacific Island nations and China is evident from the fact that there have already been three successful China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forums. The … Continue reading Climate change and Pacific Island nations: ‘a deep betrayal’ by the West

Success stories of the Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific Islands

Article published by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Through the Belt and Road Initiative, China is helping Pacific nations work towards their sustainable development goals, mitigating environmental risks and tackling global warming. China’s BRI has had success among Pacific countries by providing them with sustainable economic development and helping to reduce poverty. Its success has been due to policy reforms aimed at improving debt sustainability and mitigating social and environmental risks. China has also effectively integrated the BRI with the task of tackling global warming. Fiji In Fiji, I remember the large excited crowd that came together at … Continue reading Success stories of the Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific Islands

China continues financial assistance for a resilient Pacific environment

 17 November 2021, Apia, Samoa – The People’s Republic of China has continued its support for a resilient Pacific environment with the presentation of its yearly financial assistance to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the lead agency in the Pacific region for managing and protecting the environment.  Chinese Ambassador, His Excellency Chao Xiaoliang, presented the annual financial assistance of USD 200,000 to the Director General of SPREP, Mr Kosi Latu, during a ceremony at the SPREP Headquarters in Apia, Samoa. It is the continuation of the annual contribution from China to the Secretariat since 1998. The initial … Continue reading China continues financial assistance for a resilient Pacific environment

CHINA LEADS WORLD IN RENEWABLE ENERGY CAPACITY

CHINA LEADS WORLD IN WIND POWER, SOLAR POWER, BIOMASS POWER & HYDROPOWER Among the renewable energy sources, the installed capacity of hydropower, wind power, solar power and biomass power generation has reached 385 million, 299 million, 282 million and 35.34 million kilowatts respectively, all ranking first around the globe.China’s accumulative installed capacity of renewable energy reached 1 billion kilowatts by the end of October 2021, doubling that at the end of 2015, according to the National Energy Administration on Sunday. SOURCE: ECNS – http://www.ecns.cn/…/2021…/detail-ihatchnz0427621.shtml Continue reading CHINA LEADS WORLD IN RENEWABLE ENERGY CAPACITY

China and India fully justified to phase down coal

The 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change concluded in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov 13 without making any significant movement forward. There is no clarity on whether limiting the global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius remains a practical objective. One participant probably put it right: Though there was no progress, the process isn’t dead yet. We’re hanging in there. The Western countries can never be the villains. The United States had always been the crack in the West’s armor. But when former president Barack Obama brought it into the Paris Agreement, … Continue reading China and India fully justified to phase down coal

China reiterates commitment to Belt and Road green development

We will continue to develop a green Silk Road, encourage businesses to fulfill their social responsibility, learn from environmental, social, and governance concepts, and build more eco-friendly projects with a high standard, in a bid to pursue the green development of the Belt and Road cooperation. Han Wenxiu, CPC Central Committee Statement on BRI at press conference on guiding principles of 6th plenary session of 19th CPC Central Committee, by Han Wenxiu, deputy director in charge of routine work of the Office of the Commission for Financial and Economic Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, on November 17, 2021. At … Continue reading China reiterates commitment to Belt and Road green development

World Insights: China’s green BRI a boost to global climate governance

BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) — China on Tuesday summarized in a landmark resolution the sweeping, historic and transformative changes in its ecological and environmental protection endeavors. The resolution, adopted at the sixth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee held in Beijing last week, coincides with the country’s renewed version of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) — a green BRI, resolving to “make green a defining feature of Belt and Road cooperation.” From practicing at home the new concept of green development to promoting overseas low-carbon energy transformation and technological innovation among its Belt and Road partners, from … Continue reading World Insights: China’s green BRI a boost to global climate governance

The COP26 Deal Was Another Betrayal of Climate Justice

Western governments have tried to blame China and India for the COP26 flop. But it was the rich capitalist states of Europe and North America that refused to accept the just demands of the world’s poorest nations, leaving us still on course for disaster. When the final gavel went down on COP26, the British government minister Alok Sharma had tears in his eyes. “I apologize for the way this process has unfolded and I am deeply sorry,” he said. Sharma was right to apologize, even if he gave the wrong reasons for it. The Glasgow Climate Change Conference has already been … Continue reading The COP26 Deal Was Another Betrayal of Climate Justice

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’

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

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