Rooftop solar to roll out on China’s public buildings

On Tiananmen Square, China’s very heart, an 850 square metre solar installation is in operation. The panels sit on the roof of the Great Hall of the People, generating 98,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) a year to run the building below. This is not a common arrangement. Nationally, next-to-no government or public buildings have rooftop solar [...]

As climate change turns North America into a “dust bowl”, US sanctions cripple global growth in solar power

"the reality is that the Biden is doing everything he can to sabotage the adoption of solar power across the globe" Extreme heat in 2021 has broken the famous Dust Bowl record from 1936 for the hottest summer on record in the USA. In 1936, the world observed a hot blob on a relatively cool [...]

China makes breakthrough in high-level radioactive waste disposal technique

China's first high-level radioactive liquid waste disposal equipment, capable of melting waste into glass, has been officially put into use in Guangyuan, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Saturday, making China one of the few countries in the world to have acquired such a technique. Chinese experts believed that the technique could have been a better [...]

China to develop new ultra-high-speed trains and commercial airplanes

China vowed on Monday to strengthen research and development into cutting-edge and disruptive technologies in the transport sector, and carry out studies of new types of vehicles such as ultra-high-speed trains and commercial airplanes. The plan was put forward in a guideline issued jointly by the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Science and [...]

China prepares to test thorium-fuelled nuclear reactor

Shared by The Red Enviromentalist to China Environment on FB from Nature, 10 Sept 2021. Original Nature article shared here. If China’s experimental reactor is a success it could lead to commercialization and help the nation (and the world) meet its climate goals. China has more than 50 conventional nuclear power plants, such as this, [...]

First satellite tracking of wild snow leopards in China yields results

Chinese researchers say they have made "breakthrough" findings of the behavior of rare snow leopards after months of tracking them in northwest China using satellite technology. After gaining prior approval from the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, the Qilian Mountain National Nature Reserve together with the Wildlife Research Institute of Beijing Forestry University launched satellite [...]

Famous Japanese scientist relocates research team to Shanghai

Pioneering Discoveries for a Cleaner Planet - Professor Akira Fujishima Japanese mainstream media "Mainichi Shimbun" on September 2 reported that a leading figure in the field of "photocatalysis", Japanese scientist Professor Akira Fujishima, had led his research team to join full-time the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. Professor Fujishima has been nominated for [...]

China’s Hainan gibbon conservation success for biodiversity preservation: IUCN

The Hainan gibbon is the most endangered of all gibbons and the world's rarest primate. It is endemic to the southern Chinese island of Hainan. Its population has increased from as few as 7 to 9 in the 1980s to 35 today, according to a report released at the WCC held both online and in-person [...]

Archaeologists find evidence of drinking beer 9,000 years ago in southern China

HANGZHOU, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- People in southern China learnt to brew beer from crops and plants about 9,000 years ago, according to findings during an excavation at the Qiaotou site in Yiwu City, known as the world's supermarket, in east China's Zhejiang Province. The findings come from work by Chinese archaeologists Leping Jiang and [...]

Ocean surface climates may disappear by 2100: study

Up to 95 percent of Earth's ocean surface will have changed by the end of the century - oceans will be hotter, more acidic and less hospitable to life unless humanity reins in its carbon emissions, according to research published Thursday.  Ocean surface climates, defined by surface water temperature, acidity and the concentration of the [...]

History of mathematics is being revised to be fair to Han contributions

It’s becoming increasingly clear that many key developments in the history of mathematics were made in China, centuries or millennia before they were found by Europeans. The puzzle over how China suddenly became a global leader in Artificial Intelligence has a simple, widely overlooked answer: mathematics. AI and other Big Data handling techniques are rooted [...]

China’s new energy vehicle industry turbocharged by low-carbon drive

"China 65,000 electric vehicle charging stations, 644 power swap stations, and 1.87 million charging piles had been built nationwide, covering 176 cities and more than 50,000 km of highways." "Not only has China's interim goal of 5 million EVs been met, but the country has cultivated the world’s largest plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market. In [...]

China’s first global carbon flux dataset produced through CO2 monitoring satellite

Chinese scientists recently created the country’s first global carbon flux dataset based on data collected by the country’s first carbon dioxide (CO2) monitoring satellite TanSat. The achievement means that China is capable of conducting the quantitative spatial monitoring of the global carbon budget and helping take an inventory of the carbon budgets around the world. [...]

Questions continue to grow over US’ early infection data in Florida and 2019 vaping patients: possible cases before Wuhan

Digging for truth Florida, a new COVID-19 epicenter in the US where the seven-day average cases rose to a record of more than 19,000 in August, is causing public concern due to its serious epidemic situation and the lack of transparency about its early cases - especially in the case of 171 early patients' data [...]

Scientists confirm the 1987 global ban on ozone depleting chemicals saved the planet

And prevented a 50% rise in Greenhouse Gas levels If it weren't for a global ban of ozone-destroying chemicals in the late 1980s, the ravages of climate change would have become far worse by the 2040s than is currently projected, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature. Fortunately, because of international action under [...]

Is Natural Selection culling far right Americans?

Large numbers anti-science rednecks choose death, serious long-term illness, and for males, impotence from Covid. Ironically, this could be seen as reinforcing the veracity of Darwinian natural selection. The death rate from COVID-19 in the U.S. is rising. The seven-day average of new cases has increased by nearly 70% to almost 30,000 per day; hospitalizations [...]

First-ever rain recorded on the summit of Greenland’s ice sheet

It has just rained at the summit of Greenland's ice sheet for the first time in recorded history, in yet another worrying milestone in our ecological unravelling. Like much of the Northern Hemisphere, Greenland's been experiencing a massive heatwave with temperatures at the glacier's summit rising above freezing for the third time in less than a decade. On 14 [...]

Plant Conservation in China

Plants plays an essential role in maintaining the global environment and supporting human development. China has over 35,000 species of higher plants, about 10% of the world flora, which made it the 3rd largest plant species home in the world. China is also one of the four origin centers of cultivated plants in the world, [...]

25 million people sign online petition to WHO for probe into Fort Detrick bio-war lab

Source: Xinhua 08-08-21 BEIJING, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese netizen-initiated petition urging the World Health Organization to probe the U.S. Fort Detrick biolab concluded on Friday, garnering 25 million signatures online since its launch on July 17. The online petition calling for a probe into the Fort Detrick represented the wide public opinion, said [...]

Corona virus rife in common US deer

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. The findings, revealed by an analysis of samples collected after the pandemic began, represent the first detection of widespread exposure to the [...]

U.S. virologists synthesized infectious SARS-like corona virus in 2008

A group of U.S. virologists reported "the design, synthesis, and recovery of the largest synthetic replicating life form," a 29.7-kb bat SARS-like coronavirus in an article published in the U.S. scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) as early as October 2008. The article reported the creation in [...]

Global investigation needed on West’s failure to contain Covid: Martin Jacques

The Australian government, as leading mouthpiece for the US, in April 2020 called for an "independent" international team to be sent to China to investigate the origins and causes of COVID-19. ... The obvious absurdity was that during this period it became abundantly clear that the West had failed to deal with the virus and [...]

Technologies facilitate biodiversity protection in China

In the Internet era, information technology has made possible the processing of massive data, and created wider and more convenient platforms for biodiversity conservation in China, including Chinese Virtual Herbarium, the Plant Photo Bank of China, and the National Animal Collection Resource Center. The emergence of these databases and digital programs in recent years is [...]

China imposes massive travel restrictions to combat Delta outbreak

Xinhua News, 4 August 2021 China has imposed massive travel restrictions, including temporary closure of airports and travel alerts for citizens to other places across the country, to contain the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19. All 31 provincial-level regions in the Chinese mainland have urged citizens not to go to medium and high-risk [...]

Should the United States be investigated by the WHO over COVID-19’s origins?

Report on CGTN Think Tank Online Survey Full survey report: ** Click to access Should-the-United-States-be-investigated-by-the-WHO-over-COVID-19-origins-English-version.pdf CGTN Think Tank conducted a global online survey, available in six UN official languages, on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, VK, Weibo and WeChat, on July 30. Participants were asked: "Do you think the WHO should investigate the U.S. as part of the [...]