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

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

China set to become world’s largest supplier of energy transition equipment

Decarbonization goals will transform manufacturing and energy sectors in China, set to become the world’s largest supplier of energy transition equipment Producing 70% of the world’s solar panels and 40% of wind turbines, China’s new solar power installations account for 37% of the global total (2020), cumulative wind power capacity grew 35% from last year, and new electric car sales grew by 170% The following is an extract from an article in the South China Morning Post. **************************************************************** Decarbonization goals will transform manufacturing and energy sectors in China The recent power outages and forced production stoppages in many parts of China may … Continue reading China set to become world’s largest supplier of energy transition equipment

Modernising China’s agriculture – Jack Ma backs government on food security

“Jack Ma’s reappearance shows that he will focus more on philanthropy, and that he agrees with and supports the official direction and current themes of eradicating poverty, rejuvenating rural areas and common prosperity.“ Introduction Alibaba founder Jack Ma seems set to take a role in agricultural development going by his latest moves to break into the agriculture industry, says an article in Lianhe Zaobao (Think China) on 3 November 2021. The article notes that Ma is not the only tech giant in town attempting to use big data and technology to increase agricultural yields. For China, this is a good move that would add to … Continue reading Modernising China’s agriculture – Jack Ma backs government on food security

The US moral superiority complex is accelerating its decline

At first glance, the following article does not relate much to the global environmental crisis and China’s efforts to combat this internationally. However, in reality it provides a significant part of the context in which the West seeks to undermine China’s leadership of the Global South. It is well worth reading. “No matter how hard the power-knowledge regimes of Western intellectual production work to conceal the decline, the West no longer dominates the world and the values it advocates are not unanimous, far from it.“ “At the beginning of October, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled a new partnership … Continue reading The US moral superiority complex is accelerating its decline

China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change

This report was prepared by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, and published in November 2019, with the stated aim of helping all interested people fully understand China’s policies and actions, and their performance and effects in addressingclimate change since 2018. Below, China Environment News reproduce the MEE’s Foreword to the document. The full document can be found at the following link: http://english.mee.gov.cn/Resources/Reports/reports/201912/P020191204495763994956.pdf Foreword The Chinese government has always attached great importance to addressing climate change.Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized for many times, addressing climate change shouldnot be done at others’ requests, but on … Continue reading China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change

Blaming China for the climate crisis is shameful nonsense

The West has followed a Cold War agenda of demonising the world’s most populous country, when in fact it is China that emits less per-person than the US and many of its other critics, while leading the way in renewable energy, reforestation and electric vehicles. Carlos Martinez writes: In the run-up to the Cop26 UN Climate Change Conference, currently taking place in Glasgow, politicians and media in the West conducted a coordinated and insistent campaign to shift responsibility for the climate crisis on to China. US President Joe Biden claimed in his closing statement to the G20 summit, the day … Continue reading Blaming China for the climate crisis is shameful nonsense

China’s vision of eco-civilization can prevent the “end of history”

Up until now, the world has followed the path founded in the West of industrial civilization. Its primary liberal political-economic model, characterized by unfettered private capital, has too often been eulogized as a perfect creation serving humanity. Indeed, it has been applauded as representing a utopian “end of history” which gives it a false quality of being representative of nature itself. However, continuing down this path, of industrial civilization, will lead to the very destruction of nature and humanity which will inevitably lead to a dystopian “end of history.” With Western capital shipping polluting industries to East Asia, the clean … Continue reading China’s vision of eco-civilization can prevent the “end of history”

How can China get rid of coal?

The crucial COP26 climate conference in Glasgow is underway. The conference is regarded as an important step in setting national carbon emission targets and mitigating global warming. China’s total carbon emissions are huge due to its population being the largest in the world. Coal usage is a complex issue in China. China aims to cut the use of fossil fuels to below 20 percent by 2060. But how can China, a coal-reliant country, wean itself off coal? CGTN’s current affairs show “World Insight” collaborated with Euronews to produce a special program “Carbon Targets: China and Europe Going Green,” inviting renowned … Continue reading How can China get rid of coal?

Global warming is behind extreme weather events: China NCC expert

A senior expert from China’s National Climate Center (NCC) has said that climate change is fueling the extreme weather events that hit the world this year – wildfires, heatwaves, torrential rains, drought, floods and storms.  “The occurrence of climate anomalies is due to the accelerating pace of global warming. If the global warming trend does not change, the frequent, strong and concurrent occurrence of extreme weather events will not change,” Zhou Bing, chief expert on climate services, NCC, told CGTN on October 27. The global land surface temperature during the 2011-2020 period was around 1.09 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial … Continue reading Global warming is behind extreme weather events: China NCC expert

Over 100 world leaders endorse declaration to end deforestation by 2030

Over 100 world leaders pledged to “conserve forests and other terrestrial ecosystems and accelerate their restoration,” committing $19 billion in public and private funds to invest in protecting and restoring forests. The joint statement at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow was backed by the leaders of countries including Brazil, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which collectively account for 85 percent of the world’s forests. The Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forest and Land Use will cover forests totaling more than 13 million square miles, according to a statement from the UK prime minister’s office on behalf of the … Continue reading Over 100 world leaders endorse declaration to end deforestation by 2030

COP26: why advanced countries must proportionately make by far the biggest cuts in carbon emissions – factual briefing

Shared from: Learning from China, Published by John Ross, Senior Fellow, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China. The COP26 conference on climate change is discussing an issue which will profoundly affect every person on our planet. Climate change, together with nuclear war, is one of the two issues which can overturn the present basis of human civilisation. Because of the extreme seriousness of this issue, the COP26 conference should therefore be an arena for strictly objective international scientific discussion and international cooperation. Fortunately, as will be seen, strictly objective scientific evidence on the issue of climate change … Continue reading COP26: why advanced countries must proportionately make by far the biggest cuts in carbon emissions – factual briefing

Why China is Building Africa’s Railways

SOURCE: The B1M, 20 October 2021 https://www.theb1m.com/video/why-china-is-building-africas-railways Africa is undergoing a railway renaissance – and it’s being built in large part by China. From Nairobi to Mombasa and Addis Ababa to Djibouti, China is financing, designing and constructing railways that are transforming Africa’s transportation infrastructure. These megaprojects are more than just impressive feats of engineering, passing through safari camps and the East African desert. They’re symbols of better connected societies, economic opportunity, international alliances, soft power, and a shifting balance in the world of construction. To understand why China is building railways in Africa, you have to rewind a bit. … Continue reading Why China is Building Africa’s Railways

China’s Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant to be the world’s largest

China – Russia nuclear power collaboration project China is rapidly expanding the safe use of nuclear power as the country steams toward an ambitious carbon neutrality goal. The Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant (Tianwan NPP), situated in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China, will be the world’s largest nuclear power plant by output. It is designed to have a safer and smarter performance using third-generation nuclear power technologies. The plant is being constructed with eight units in four phases. Four units of the plant are currently operational, feeding electricity into the power grid. The current expansion plan focuses on two new units of … Continue reading China’s Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant to be the world’s largest

China’s stance against backing coal abroad helps Cambodian clean energy

Around half of Cambodia’s electricity is currently generated from coal. China has a significant involvement in the Cambodian energy sector. Cambodia’s power system has proven highly adaptable over the past 20 years. At the turn of the century, only 17% of the population had access to the grid, and the system was three-quarters powered by fuel oil. By 2014, this had switched to nearly two-thirds hydropower, all of it built with Chinese involvement. Seven years later, Cambodia has a remarkably improved electrification rate of 93% . Plans approved after power shortages in 2019 catalysed a return to fossil fuels, which were expected to supply 75% of … Continue reading China’s stance against backing coal abroad helps Cambodian clean energy

Nine key moments that changed China’s mind about climate change

The following article from Carbon Brief gives a very detailed and useful summary of how the Chinese government’s attitude towards climate change, and its understanding of its own responsibilities, have changed over the last two decades. The article is quite long but is well worth the effort for those wishing to understand this important issue. Source: Friends of Socialist China October 26, 2021 Author: Jianqiang previously worked as China Dialogue’s Beijing editor and as an investigative reporter for China’s Southern Weekly newspaper. He has a masters degree in journalism from Tsinghua University. His books include Tibetan Environmentalists in China: The King of … Continue reading Nine key moments that changed China’s mind about climate change

Quantifying national responsibility for excess global CO2 emissions

The following extract is from a study published 1 September 2020, and it details a method for quantifying national responsibility for damages related to climate change by looking at national contributions to cumulative CO2 emissions in excess of the planetary boundary of 350 ppm atmospheric CO2 concentration. This approach is rooted in the principle of equal per capita access to atmospheric commons. For this analysis, national fair shares of a safe global carbon budget consistent with the planetary boundary of 350 ppm were derived. These fair shares were then subtracted from countries’ actual historical emissions (i.e. territorial emissions from 1850 to 1969, … Continue reading Quantifying national responsibility for excess global CO2 emissions