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  • China’s approach of rural revitalization
    Winning the “war” in the fight against poverty has become a common action of the whole society. Its victory is a manifestation of the institutional advantages of socialism in concentrating its efforts on major events and the party’s advantages in consolidating social consensus. It is a phased strategic goal. realization. However, economic and social development has certain objective laws. In particular, Chinese society will still be in the primary stage of socialism for a long time, and there are major social contradictions of unbalanced and insufficient development. The contradictions are mainly concentrated in agriculture and rural areas, because the development of …
  • China urges Green philosophy in BRI projects
    In a move seen as important to further Greening of the Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese authorities have updated guidance on environmental protection for overseas operations, requiring Chinese companies to adopt environmentally friendly approaches through the entire life cycle of their projects. In the last few days, the Communist Party of China’s powerful Central Committee and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) have both widely disseminated information about updated China’s guideline on environmental protection in overseas projects. The guideline, unveiled on Tuesday, was jointly issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the Ministry of Commerce as a …
  • China installs world’s largest offshore converter: massive 3.1 GW of offshore wind capacity added to the grid
    An offshore converter station, developed by China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG), was installed at CTG’s Rudong wind farm in east China’s Jiangsu Province. The 15-story-tall converter station is said to be the world’s biggest, and first of its kind in Asia. The installation of the world’s largest offshore converter station was hailed by China Classification Society (CCS) as ‘a significant milestone’ in the development of deep-water wind power. The converter station commenced feeding power to the grid on 11 November 2021, and was fully connected on 25 December 2021. The project boasts higher voltage class (±400kV) and larger transmission capacity than any …
  • ‘Heroes for the Wild’: China’s nature reserve rangers
    China’s one million rangers provide crucial educational bridges between leaders and locals, protecting the country’s wildlife. “China is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world while it holds 1/5 of the world’s population. To better preserve its biodiversity and the fragile ecosystems against anthropocentric threats, China has established more than 11800 protected areas covering approximately 18% of its total land area, reaching the Aichi target 11 which aims to protect 17% of land area (Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, 2016). “ “Among different types of protected areas, nature reserves have been the strictest and most predominant …
  • Rare Chinese mountain cat released back into the wild after toe amputation
    The Chinese mountain cat (Felis bieti), is under first-class national protection in China, and is endemic to China. It is listed as “vulnerable” by the IUCN Red List. Studies have shown that the species is rare and the distribution density is low, and ecological studies on their physiology, reproduction and feeding habits are scarce. A Chinese mountain cat known as “Huang Rong” was the first in the world to be successfully released back into the wild after toe amputation surgery. It was released into the Laohu Valley on Monday in Qilian Mountains National Park in northwest China’s Qinghai Province. The …
  • What is the real story behing US 5G ?
    America’s 5G band is part of US the military weapons and communication system. It seems that this will enable the US regime to control the “civilian” 5G system, access non-military communications data, and provide the ability to turn off 5G nation-wide at any time. In August 2020 the US government announced it would redeploy spectrum currently used by the military towards commercialised 5G networks.The US regime’s Department of Defense said it would ensure commercial use of this critically-needed mid-band spectrum “does not compromise military preparedness or national security.” The US military currently uses the mid-band spectrum for radar operations that …
  • FAO and China agree to implement Phase 3 of South-South Cooperation
    The agreement marks the official launch of Phase III of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme after China’s announcement of an additional $50 million in funding The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has signed an agreement with the Chinese Government officially launching Phase III of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Programme. The General Agreement was signed by the Director-General of FAO, Qu Dongyu and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China,Tang Renjian. It followed the announcement by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September 2020 of an additional $50 million in funding …
  • Beijing’s air quality has dramatically improved
    The following is an extract from New Statesman: Beijing is now preparing to host the winter games in February 2022. Since 2008 Olympics the Chinese economy has more than tripled in size and annual coal consumption has increased, yet air quality in Beijing continues to improve.  Data from the city’s environment bureau shows that between 2013 and 2021 average levels of larger particulates, PM2.5 and PM10, fell by 63.1 per cent and 49.1 per cent respectively. These pollutants come from vehicle emissions and cooking smoke, settle in the respiratory system, and can contribute to coughs, asthma attacks and high blood pressure. Meanwhile, levels of nitrogen dioxide …
  • China offers to help rebuild Tonga after volcanic eruption
    Introduction Tonga became a member of the Belt and Road initiative in November 2018. Tonga’s relationship with China dates back over a decade to the aftermath of the deadly 2006 riots in the capital of Tonga, Nuku’alofa, which destroyed much of the small Pacific nation’s central business and government districts. The Tonga Government rebuilt the city, in part, with Chinese financing provided in 2008 and 2010, and roughly $90 million in China’s initial loans to the island. China deferred the payments scheduled for the earlier loans when Tonga offically joined the BRI. The Global Times report The tsunami triggered by a massive underwater …
  • The pandemic’s true death toll is millions more than official counts: Nature
    Countries have reported some five million COVID-19 deaths in two years, but global excess deaths are estimated to be double or even quadruple that figure (i.e. 12 million to 22 million). On 18 January 2022, the journal Nature published a news item examining the likely real death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic. Nature said: “On 1 November, the global death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic passed five million, official data suggested. It has now reached 5.5 million. But that figure is a significant underestimate. “ “Records of excess mortality — a metric that compares all deaths recorded with those expected …
  • Rising ground-level ozone pollution causes crop loss worth $63b in East Asia
    Rising ozone pollution at ground level (technically, the “boundary layer” of the troposhere) is having a devastating impact on agriculture in East Asia, causing a crop production loss of nearly $63 billion annually, which may exacerbate food insecurity and health risk in the region.  Ground ozone, a greenhouse gas known for contributing massively to climate change, also impacts the growth of crops. A team of researchers studied the impact of the pollutant on three major crops of the region: wheat, rice and maize. Wheat suffers the highest production loss in East Asia, amounting to $22 billion, followed by rice around …
  • Chinese courts introduce punitive damages in environment lawsuits
    Shared by China-Environment-News.com on Facebook BEIJING — A judicial explanation issued by China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) on Thursday confirmed that polluters will have to pay punitive damages to the victims in environment lawsuits. The move aims to punish and deter offenders as well as to fully compensate victims who suffer personal or financial loss due to environmental damage, said Yang Linping, vice president of the SPC, at a press conference. Punitive damages will be granted if the offender is proven to be intentional and his or her act has caused serious consequences, Yang said.The amount of punitive damages will …
  • Tarea Vida (‘Life Task’) – Cuba’s action plan on climate change
    Cuba is taking serious action on the threats posed by climate change. In April 2021, the Cuban News Agency (ACN) reported that the use of renewable energy sources in Cuba during 2020 reached an installed power potential of 298 Megawatts (MW), which is expected to increase in tune with athe national energy strategy aimed at diversifying energy sources to over 2000 MW by 2020. Cuba, a small island nation of 11.3 million people, began investing in renewable energy in 2014 and is ramping up its efforts in a push to make renewables its principal source of electricity by 2030. China …
  • China outlines marine-protection tasks for 2021-2025
    Shared by China-Environment-News.com on Facebook China has unveiled a plan to specify key tasks for protecting the marine environment in the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) on Monday. The plan, jointly issued by the MEE and five other departments, outlines five areas for marine-environment protection. During the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), China saw an overall improvement in its marine environment, said the MEE, but more protection efforts should be made, given that problems such as pollution and ecological degradation remain prominent, and governance systems and capacities still need to be …
  • China announces plans for archaeological work in 14th Five-Year Plan period
    China in 2022 will roll out and implement plans for archaeological work in the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), said an official at a national conference held Monday. Li Qun, head of the National Cultural Heritage Administration, made the announcement at the conference, which was attended by heads of cultural heritage administrations across the country. The conference summarized some of the results of archaeological work in 2021. According to the conference, 1,388 archaeological projects were conducted in the country last year to protect historical remains involved in construction and development projects. In addition, the conference named several of the most …
  • Xi says China will stay committed to promoting ecological conservation
    China will stay committed to promoting ecological conservation, actively engage in international cooperation on climate, and jointly work for a complete transition to a greener economy and society, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday in remarks in a video speech at the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session..  Following the idea of “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets,” the country has carried out holistic conservation and systematic governance of its natural resources, including mountains, rivers, farmlands and deserts, Xi noted. “We do everything we can to conserve the ecological system, intensify pollution prevention and control, and improve …
  • China’s Antarctic Program and the Antarctic Treaty System
    On 4 January 2022 China’s CGTN media network posted a short video announcing that a team of Chinese scientists has arrived at the Zhongshan Station and the Great Wall Station to conduct the 38th expedition in Antarctica to carry out scientific research. The link to the CGTN video is: https://youtu.be/YESKwlAEOJA In this post we provide background information on China’s Antarctic Program and the Antarctic Treaty System, of which China is a consultative party to the Treaty. We provide two back ground articles below. 1. CHINA’S ANTARCTIC PROGRAM On 20 November 1984 China dispatched its first Antarctic research expedition team, and …
  • ‘Panda Bonds’ to help fund Africa’s energy transition: China-Africa Cooperation Forum
    China’s commitment to supporting Africa’s green and low-carbon energy transition was a highlight of the 8th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which concluded on 30 November 2021 with a climate joint declaration. The Declaration on China-Africa Cooperation on Combatting Climate Change provides the shape of future partnership in the energy sector. On coal, it reaffirms President Xi Jinping’s pledge, made at the UN General Assembly in September, to stop building new coal-fired power projects abroad, a move that was welcomed by more than 120 African community organisations and NGOs. On clean energy, it includes a commitment from China to further increase investment in solar, …
  • China’s Electric Vehicle sales reach record 2.9m in 2021
    China’s electric vehicle (EV) sales rose by 160% to a record high of 2.9 million units in 2021, underpinning the first increase in overall car sales in the country in the past four years, reports Caixin. New-auto sales rose 3.8% to 26.3 million vehicles in 2021, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Sales of plug-in hybrids more than doubled to 600,000 units. Strength in such “new-energy” vehicles more than offset a 5% slump in other automobiles, including conventional gasoline-fueled models, amid a semiconductor shortage. The surge reflects Beijing’s push to pivot to electrics as it works to make China …
  • China holds over 1,000 officials accountable for environmental violations
    Over 1,000 officials have been investigated for environmental violations in four provinces, after receiving thousands of public complaints Over 1,000 officials have been summoned or held accountable for environmental violations as central environmental inspectors concluded their monthlong visits to four provincial-level regions, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) said. Inspection teams received more than 13,100 complaints from members of the public after they arrived in the provinces of Heilongjiang, Guizhou and Shaanxi and the Ningxia Hui autonomous region in early December, according to a media release from the MEE, where the office of the inspection is based. Staffed by …
  • China-Iran to implement comprehensive cooperation plan for energy and infrastructure
    China and Iran announced the launch of the implementation of a 25-year comprehensive cooperation plan following talks on 14 Jan 2022, between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in Wuxi, east China’s Jiangsu Province. Cooperation between the two nations will cover areas such as energy, infrastructure, production capacity, science and technology, and medical and health care. The two countries also agreed to expand cooperation in agriculture, fisheries and cyber security. Energy development is one of the areas where Iran has been hit by economic sanctions imposed by the US regime. Head of Renewable …
  • Indonesia to build “world’s largest green industrial estate” backed by Belt and Road Initiative
    PT Kalimantan Industrial Park Indonesia (KIPI), a consortium of companies from Indonesia, China and the United Arab Emirates, is financing the US$132 billion project in North Kalimantan, Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said will initially sit on 16,400 hectares of land on the island of Borneo but could be extended in future to almost twice that size. Located in North Kalimantan province, the estate will span 30,000 hectares (74,132 acres) and include investment from China and the United Arab Emirates. President Widodo made the comments during a ground-breaking ceremony on December 21, 2021. The Indonesian president said he is keen to establish manufacturing industries …
  • Top legislator urges improving eco-conservation legal system in China
    BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) — Top legislator Li Zhanshu on Friday called for enhanced efforts to perfect China’s legal system for ecological and environmental protection. Li, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), made the remarks at a symposium on eco-environmental legislation, which was held by the Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee of the NPC. Stressing the significance of thoroughly implementing Xi Jinping Thought on Ecological Civilization, which provides fundamental guidance for the rule of law in this area, Li urged coordinated efforts to enact new laws on eco-environmental protection while revising existing ones. He …
  • Syria joins the Belt and Road Initiative
    Syria on 11 July 2022 joined the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which will help the Middle Eastern nation create new opportunities for cooperation with China and other countries, to help rebuild amid wars, Western sanctions, and the Covid pandemic. Syria’s admission ceremony took place during the signing of a memorandum of understanding at the Planning and International Cooperation Commission in the Syrian capital Damascus. It was attended by Fadi Khalil, head of the Syrian Planning and International Cooperation Commission, and Chinese ambassador Feng Biao. Khalil said “the admission revives the old role of Syria on the ancient Silk …
  • Zhou Enlai’s Legacy in the Belt and Road Initiative
    Introduction Zhou Enlai was China’s first Premier, serving from the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949 to his death in 1976, as well as the People’s Republic first Foreign Minister, from 1949-58. The 46th anniversary of his death fell on January 8th. He is still remembered with boundless respect and affection by the Chinese people and progressive people around the world. China Environment is pleased to republish the following article on the internationalist activities China’s former Premier Zhou Enlai by Chinese scholars Han Tongyou and Xu Zhengfei. This English language version was originally from Dongsheng’s Chinese Voices. The article provides an …
  • Nicaragua along the Belt and Road
    This excellent article, republished from China’s Global Times locates the recent inauguration of Daniel Ortega for a further term as President of Nicaragua, and the increasingly close ties between China and the Central American nation, within the overall context of a resurgence of the left throughout Latin America. This is occurring in the teeth of intense US pressure and hostility and, the article notes, the Latin American left is characterised by a strong opposition to hegemony. The growth of the left in Latin America  therefore  aligns with global trends and will lead to stronger ties with China as well as Russia. Friends …
  • China No 1 publisher of net-zero emission studies
    CHINA SURGES FORWARD IN RENEWABLE ENERGY RESEARCH China has a clear lead in the publication of research over the past two decades related to the world’s climate goal of reaching net-zero emissions, a recent report has found. Its performance is also noteworthy in terms of patents that serve the goal. The conclusion was reached based on an analysis of over 1.6 million research publications between 2001 and 2020, as well as roughly 800,000 patents, all with the aim of advancing the understanding of clean energy research and innovation and the pathways toward a net-zero emissions future. Titled Pathways to Net …
  • Why there are no urban slums in China
    China has not seen the emergence of urban slums as in many capitalist countries, but instead, there has been a narrowing gap between urban and rural areas.The Chinese government is committed to rural revitalization and to reducing the urban-rural income gap and developmental imbalance. The attached article proposes a concept of “Neo-ruralism” as a way to rebuild urban-rural relations and address the problem of uncoordinated development. Urban-rural relations in China need to be investigated from the perspective of China’s gradual involvement in global capitalism since the early 20th century, and within the context of Western industrialization and capitalist globalization. During …
  • The Logic Behind Shanghai’s Massive New Urban Plan
    In January 2021, Shanghai mayor Gong Zheng announced that Shanghai’s days as a unified city were numbered. Instead of one sprawling city covering the entire municipality, Shanghai is planning to build five new cities within its boundaries, as the suburban districts of Jiading, Songjiang, Qingpu, Fengxian, and Nanhui are turned into what Gong termed “comprehensive node cities with radiating and driving functions.” Gong’s speech marked the first time this plan had ever been included in a Shanghai municipal government work report, and it represents the latest step in Shanghai’s efforts to balance the needs of its growing population with its hard space …
  • Nepal’s Largest Hydropower Station Starts Operation
     With the completion and operation of the Upper Tamakoshi hydroelectric power station, Nepal has not only resolved a long-standing problem of intermittent power shortages, but also realized the transformation from an electricity importer to an exporter. Nepal has begun to sell hydropower to India, which was once Nepal’s largest provider of aid. This has inspired people of the infrastructure construction in South Asia.The first generator unit at the Upper Tamakoshi Hydroelectric Power Station, the largest power station of its kind in Nepal, went into operation on July 5, 2021. Located on the Tamakoshi River in Dolakha District, approximately 2,000 meters from Kathmandu …
  • World ocean heat hits record high in 2021: study
    Data collected for a study conducted by researchers from 14 institutes in China, the United States and Italy, published 11 January 2022 in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, has found that 2021 was the hottest for the world’s oceans in recorded human history. They researchers found that the upper 2,000 meters in all oceans last year absorbed a greater amount of heat than the previous record set just the year before, equal to 145 times world electricity generation in 2020. Since more than 90 percent of the excess heat due to global warming is absorbed by the oceans, ocean …
  • Chinese mathematicians model effects of toxicants on ecology of polluted rivers
    Two Chinese applied mathematicians have developed a spatio-temporal model to help determine criteria for water quality necessary to maintain a healthy aquatic ecology. The model could offer the basis for effective decision-making tools for water and environment managers, and help develop future policy guidelines surrounding specific target species and toxicants. When designing environmental policies to limit the damage of river pollution, it is paramount to assess the specific risks that particular pollutants pose to different species. However, rigorously testing the effects of toxicants—like insecticides, plastic debris, pathogens, and chemicals—on entire groups of organisms without severely damaging their whole ecosystems is simply not …
  • Clean household heating in northern China has environmental benefits: study
    Many of China’s households still rely on small coal stoves for heat, which causes air pollution that damages health. To address these problems, the Chinese government launched a five-year “Clean Heating Plan” in 2017 with the goal of transitioning 70% of northern households away from coal and toward cleaner heating options. The plan is now in its final year. A study by a group of researchers from several Chinese Universities and research institutes and Princeton University in the US have recommended an increase the use of heat pumps in rural households. Among the options studied, the researchers found air-to-air heat pumps offer …
  • How will China control its methane emissions?
    “Climate change experts are optimistic that China will begin systematically reducing emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas of which the country is among the world’s biggest emitters, but they say more specific measures are needed still.” Introduction: Actions in China’s 14th Five-Year Plan Long neglected, methane reduction received its first-ever mention in China’s latest five-year plan. On March 13, China published its 14th Five-Year Plan, a policy blueprint for the years 2021 to 2025, which for the first time mentioned tightening control over methane, among other non-carbon dioxide greenhouse gases. “Methane being raised to such a high position in the 14th Five-Year …
  • Eighty seven percent of overseas coal power financed by G7 and other advanced economies
    A recent Boston University study published in July 2021 found that Japanese, Korean and Western financiers bankroll 87 % of overseas coal power plants globally, contrary to the misconception that most new funding comes from public financing entities in China. In fact, before China banned any new funding of overseas coal projects, China accounted for only 13 % of financing for overseas coal power projects. The private sector from the G7 and other advanced economies make up the majority of overseas coal finance in the world economy. Rather than pointing fingers, the G7 should work with the G20 (including China) and other forums …
  • Belt and Road spreads in US ‘backyard’ – Latin America and the Caribbean
    Introduction The US has long considered Latin America as “America’s Backyard” – its exclusive neo-colonial zone following decline of European colonial powers. Since 1823, the “Monroe Doctrine” and US actions over the past 2 centuries to subjugate Latin America and the Caribbean, have made it clear that the US was, and still is determined to ruthlessly establish and maintain itself as the absolute hegemon in the region. However, rapid changes in the world economy, in particular, the emergence of China and the Belt and Road Initiative, have and continue to transform the strategic strength of the US empire. The US …
  • Chinese solar researchers increase efficiency of solar cells
    Chinese scientists have developed a hybrid cooling technique to reduce photovoltaic (PV) module temperatures by up to 12.86 C and increase power yields by 7.25%. “Researchers from Zhejiang University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China have developed a hybrid solar module cooling technique based on radiative cooling (RC) and the use of heat pipes to transfer heat”, PV Magazine reports. The scientists discussed their findings in “Enhanced radiative cooling of solar cells by integration with heat pipe,” which was recently published in the scientific journal Applied Energy. The article points out that “thermal management of solar cells is of vital importance to maintain adequate electrical efficiency.” Lately, radiative …
  • High-speed rail cuts greenhouse gas emissions
    China’s high-speed railway network has led to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a recent study has shown. The research found that the high-speed railway connection has led to an annual reduction of nearly 11.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions by replacing road traffic, equal to 1.33 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in China’s transport sector. Published in the journal Nature Climate Change in October 2021, the study was carried out by researchers from Singapore, Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. Researchers explained that the mitigation came from more cargo being switched to greener …
  • China’s non-fossil fuel powered generation capacity to surpass coal in 2021
    The installed capacity and proportion of power generated from non-fossil sources is expected to surpass those of coal-fired power generation for the first time by the end of the 2021 year. In the first half of 2021, China’s power consumption totaled 3.93 trillion kWh, up by 16.2 percent year on year, according to a report released by the China Electricity Council (CEC). The installed capacity of power generation in China is expected to reach 2.37 billion kilowatts by the end of 2021, up around 7.7 percent year on year, with that of power generated from non-fossil sources hitting 1.12 billion …
  • Financing a green future, China in action
    While maintaining an effective policy mix to spur green investment, #China is working towards a policy system that supports financing activities in a market-based way, and has made efforts to help developing countries cope with climate change and promote global efforts in green transition. To facilitate #GreenFinance, China has combined top-down and bottom-up approaches to ensure that the government plays a guiding role while the market plays a decisive role in resource allocation. The next five years will be a critical period in achieving China’s carbon goals, and the central bank will continue to lay the ground for the green finance framework via …
  • Nature: recent scientific reports on climate change – Editor’s choice
    Nature has prepared a package of 19 recent scientific reports on key aspects of climate change. “Climate change refers to a statistically defined change in the average and/or variability of the climate system; this includes the atmosphere, the 7 cycle, the land surface, ice and the living components of Earth. The definition does not usually require the causes of change to be attributed, for example to human activity, but there are exceptions.” Nature See below to link to the articles SOURCE: Nature, 25 Nov 2021 https://www.nature.com/collections/xstcgsgkmd?utm_source=facebook_ads&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=APSR_41598_AWA1_GL_PHSS_EDCOL_EC_Climate&fbclid=IwAR1d0qEVQz1yDCUdVjtCGIbQJ8i5QUyS_sZS7FrF7G6_uTOl5J4a_vDIy24
  • China to become the world leader in safe nuclear power
    China connected its first small modular nuclear reactor to its power grid, making it the first country in the world to draw power from such a machine, a report from Bloomberg reveals. China Huaneng Group Co.‘s 200-megawatt unit 1 reactor at Shidao Bay is connected to the grid in the Shandong province. The company is also developing a second reactor, which is scheduled to go into full operation next year following tests. The 200-megawatt small modular reactor (SMR) is roughly a fifth of the size of China’s first proprietary reactor design, called Hualong One. Its small size allows for greater scalability as well …
  • China-Brazil cooperation in clean energy has broad prospect
    December 30, 2021 SAO PAULO, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — The first self-constructed and managed green field wind power generation program of CGN Brazil Energy Holdings Co., Ltd. (CGN Brazil) and Participations S. A. has started operation lately, with another wind power project started constructing on the same day. Photo shows the CGN Brazil wind power generation project in Lagoa do Barro, Piaui in northeast Brazil. With rich wind and solar resources in Brazil and advanced technology, equipment and management experiences from China, the two sides’ cooperation in developing the clean energy market has a broad prospect. Established in June 2019, …
  • Unlocking US Sanctions: China Signs Construction & Energy Deals With Cuba
    Beijing is slowly unpicking Washington’s foreign policy, sanction by sanction, country by country.   Sometimes, you just have to be patient. Cuba, the Caribbean nation long a thorn in the side of the United States since Fidel Castro took control of the island against US wishes, has managed to get around crippling US sanctions that have rendered the islands economy backwards for over 50 years by signing reconstruction deals with China as part of the Belt and Road Initiative. Cuba’s economy shrunk by 11% in 2020, and the government says it only began to grow slowly last year at just 2%. …
  • China’s ‘latecomer advantage’ in achieving carbon neutrality
    This article by Junfeng Li, of China’s National Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation Center, points out that achieving carbon peak / carbon neutrality in China is a broad and profound economic and social systemic change. Achieving carbon peak / carbon neutrality is a broad and profound economic and social systemic change, and must be included in the construction of ecological civilization. It is necessary to coordinate the relationship between improving energy efficiency and the development of non-fossil energy, energy transformation and development transformation, transformation and security, and improve carbon peaking / carbon neutrality. It provides analysis of progress and …
  • Cuba and China united by the New Silk Road
    On December 23, Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz and the President of the National Commission for Development and Reform of China, He Lifeng , signed the Cooperation Plan between the Government of the Republic of Cuba and the Government of the People’s Republic of China. for the joint promotion of the Economic Belt of the Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century. This document makes effective the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two governments in November 2018 for the inclusion of Cuba in the Belt and Road Initiative . ” The Memorandum was prepared in correspondence with the economic and social development objectives of Cuba, …
  • BRI: Pakistan’s Karot Hydropower Station begins water storage
    After six years of construction, the Karot Hydropower Station in Pakistan has lowered the gates of its diversion tunnels and has officially started to store water on Saturday. The Karot Hydropower Project in Pakistan is one of the major investments under the Belt and Road Initiative. The plant is along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a 3,000-kilometer-long route of infrastructure projects connecting the two countries. It’s a milestone event, marking the completion of over 90 percent of the project. It also paves the way for power generation in eastern Pakistan in the first half of next year. Karot Hydropower Station is …
  • China’s West-East Gas Pipeline: Journey to the East
    Kelvin Kwok shared a link to China Environment News on Facebook. “China should shut all the coal power plants”, say many. Well yes, that is a very valid statement, if we ignore any underlying hostility/racism or comically sincere expectations from ivory towers. Focusing on the reality in China, you will know coal is indeed used a lot, especially for heating during winters, and the country’s energy structure needs to be reformed if we want a cleaner future, regardless of what the world says. China has introduced policies like coal-to-gas and coal-to-electricity. These are working well in some areas and for much of the time, …
  • China plans to build 100 “waste-free” cities by 2025 
    China has mapped out an ambitious plan to build 100 “waste-free” cities by 2025 as a pivotal move to minimize the solid waste generation and maximize its recycling in urban areas. In fact, China has launched the pilot program of the “waste-free” initiative since 2019 in 11 pilot cities including the cities of Shenzhen, Chongqing and Shaoxing, which have played exemplar roles across the nation. According to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, measures will be taken to encourage green development and transition to comprehensively reduce the amount of the waste produced while promoting the utilization rate of the recycled …
  • World’s largest pumped-hydro storage power station starts operations in north China
    The Fengning pumped storage power station in north China’s Hebei Province, which will provide green electricity to the Beijing Winter Olympics, started operations on 31 December 2021. To achieve carbon emission reduction, China is developing new sources of energy, such as wind and solar, and adjusting the energy structure are among the priorities. China is putting efforts to expand its pumped hydro energy storage over the next decade, aiming to have 62 gigawatts of storage facilities operating by 2025, and 120 gigawatts by 2030, according to a plan published by the National Energy Administration. The hydropower station is designed to …
  • China’s first high-level radioactive waste glass curing facility in operation
    China’s first facility for immobilizing high-level radioactive waste in glass went into operation in the city of Guangyuan, Southwest China’s Sichuan province, on September 11, 2021. This has made China one of few countries to master this technology and is of landmark significance for the green development of China’s nuclear industry. This is a landmark project at the back end of China’s nuclear industry chain. The China Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) announced that China’s first high-level radioactive waste liquid glass curing facility was officially in operation. The operation marks a breakthrough in China’s treatment capacity for high-level radioactive waste liquids. China has …
  • China building Cuba’s largest wind farm – country moves towards renewable energy
    La Herradura Wind Farm Project is the largest wind power project in Cuba, supplied and constructed by Chinese firms. This investment forms part of Cuba’s goal of sourcing 24% of its total energy supply from renewables by 2030. Herradura 1 will supply 51 MW, Herradura 2 supplying a further 50 MW. Herrandura 1 is being built by Chinese firm Goldwind, and Herrandura 2 will be built by Chinese firm Dongfang. *********** Facing the challenges of an aging energy infrastructure, Cuba is looking to new energy sources with help from the Belt and Road Initiative to strengthen its power production capacity …
  • China’s progress towards building “zero-waste cities”
    China has seen significant progress in promoting pilot projects that transform urban areas into “zero-waste cities” under the Chinese government’s green development plan to minimize solid waste generation and maximize waste recycling in urban areas. A pilot city in the “zero-waste city” project, Shenzhen in south China’s Guangdong Province has actively explored a new path of “waste treatment” and achieved substantial success. Residents can have coffee, watch exhibitions and learn about the cutting-edge garbage disposal technology at the waste incineration power plant in the Yantian Energy Ecological Park in the city. The refuse disposal plant can handle more than 500 …
  • China’s urban development experience helpful for Nicaraguan capital, Managua – mayor says
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Dec. 30, 2021 — China’s experience in urban development could help improve Managua’s urban planning and enrich local authorities’ knowledge, said Reyna Rueda, mayor of the capital city of Nicaragua. In a recent interview with Xinhua, the mayor said she looks forward to the opportunities in urban development cooperation with Chinese cities following the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Nicaragua on Dec. 10. Rueda said the renewed bilateral ties are good for local governments, as well as the central government, because they allow exchanges of views with Chinese peers on common issues and interests regarding the …
  • China puts pioneering ‘pebble bed’ nuclear reactor into operation
    The state-run China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced on December 20, 2021 that at the Shidaowan Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Shandong province of east China, the world’s first High Temperature gas cooled Reactor of Pebble bed Module (HTR-PM) is now connected to the grid. It is the first fourth generation (GEN IV) NPP of High Temperature Gas cooled Reactor (HTGR) connected to the grid, along with its unique inherent safety and robust reliability. China is one of the few countries that has been capable of mastering the GEN IV technology, the first to make use of ‘pebble bed reactor’ (PBR) technology, making it a leader in global nuclear power technology advancement. …
  • Green belts and connected parks planned for Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City
    Singapore and China have agreed to deepen cooperation to make the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City greener and more sustainable, said Singapore’s Ministry of National Development (MND) on Wednesday (Dec 29, 2021). National Development Minister Desmond Lee announced during the 13th Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Joint Steering Council Meeting on Wednesday that the National Parks Board of Singapore (NParks) and the Tianjin Eco-City Administrative Committee of China have signed a memorandum of understanding on a collaboration to enhance the Eco-City. It was once a desolate, toxic, uninhabitable wasteland. Today, Tianjin has been transformed into a cool, breathing liveable city. Click on VIDEO to go inside the Tianjin Eco-City …
  • Green Development: Singapore and China sign bilateral cooperation agreements
    Singapore and China reached 14 deals at Wednesday’s (Dec 29) Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation meeting, the biggest haul in recent years from this high-level platform set up in 2004. Among them are these agreements: Urban governance Singapore’s Ministry of National Development (MND) and China’s state planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to continue sharing knowledge and experience on urban governance, planning and management. There will be visiting fellowship programmes for senior officials and promising young officials, study visits, joint research and publications and platforms to exchange knowledge. Another similar MOU was inked …
  • Cuba eyes cooperation with China on clean energy
    Facing the challenges of an aging energy infrastructure, Cuba is looking to new energy sources with help from the Belt and Road Initiative to strengthen its power production capacity and move away from fossil fuels. The Latin American country joined the Belt and Road Energy Partnership, or BREP, in October. The program aims to strengthen connectivity in infrastructure and energy investments, and push for more clean energy and efficiency. For Cuba’s energy system, participating in the BREP could be an important lifeline. The country’s energy infrastructure is aging, and 95 percent of electricity comes from fossil fuels, mostly from eight …
  •  The industrialization of agriculture by capitalism and Metabolic Rift
    The following is an extract from Capitalism and Robbery: The Expropriation of Land, Labor, and Corporeal Life, by John Bellamy Foster et al, Monthly Review, Dec 01, 2019. See also: The review of Guano and the opening of the Pacific world, recently shared by China Environment. ********************* Marx presented a systematic analysis of how industrialized agriculture robbed the land of necessary nutrients. He recognized and provided the basis for assessing the interlocking oppressions and processes of expropriation that accompanied this soil crisis. Nutrients from the countryside accumulated as waste in the cities and were washed away to sea as part …
  • Chinese-made electric trucks boost green logistics in Mexico
    Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has delivered 20 21-ton electric trucks to Mexican beer maker Grupo Modelo. The Mexican beer maker has already ordered another 20 electric trucks from BYD and says it plans to add a total of 500 electric trucks to its fleet over the next two years. BYD will also supply the company with electric forklifts. BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and batteries, and the global leader in battery-electric buses. BYD is also an industry leader in several other high-tech sectors, including high-efficiency automobiles, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, electric forklifts, SkyRail, energy storage …
  • Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World
    The 19th century search for fertilizer drove imperialist expansion and ecological destruction Climate & Capitalism: Ecosocialist Discussion BOOK REVIEW by Martin Empson Author: Gregory T. CushmanGUANO AND THE OPENING OF THE PACIFIC WORLDA Global Ecological History In the last two decades it has been common, in Marxist books on ecology, to find discussions of how capitalist agriculture developed an urgent need for fertilizers to solve the crisis of soil fertility in the 19th century. One source of this fertilizer that is often mentioned is bird manure, guano, from islands in the Pacific ocean. The desperate state of agriculture, and the …
  • Is the ocean’s ability to regulate the global climate breaking down?
    Oceans are a global force of nature that form the foundation of the blue planet on which we live. They cover 71% of our planet’s surface and make up 95% of all the space available to life. They are a life-support system for Earth and a global commons that provide us with free goods and ecological services, from the food we eat to the oxygen we breathe. The oceans also regulate the global climate; they mediate temperature and drive the weather, determining rainfall, droughts, and floods. They are also the world’s largest store of carbon, where an estimated 83% of …
  • Omicron spread shows China got it right on Covid-19 strategy, top disease expert says
    Wuhan lockdown was landmark decisive move that drastically contained the spread of the coronavirus in China, Zhong Nanshan says Expert credits rapid testing and universal vaccination coverage, along with stringent controls with country’s success Foreign nations should realise by now that China’s so-called over the top approach in handling the pandemic was the correct one, the country’s top respiratory expert has said, as the Omicron variant spreads around the world at record-breaking pace. The remarks from Zhong Nanshan, China’s No 1 epidemiologist who helped shape its Covid-19 response, came as he reviewed the pandemic in the country over the past two years. Covid-19 …
  • Officials in Guangzhou, China punished for axing city’s beloved Banyan trees
    Ten Guangzhou officials have been penalized for their involvement in a “destructive” tree-removal project from the southern city’s urban landscape, China’s top anti-corruption watchdog said on 13 December 2021. As punishment, provincial authorities in Guangdong province dismissed five current and former senior officials — the latter now working elsewhere in the province of which Guangzhou is the capital — including the head of municipal forestry and a former vice mayor, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. The remaining officials, including Guangzhou’s deputy party committee secretary, were either given warnings or received “demerits” for their involvement. Many residents say they have …
  • Turnover of China’s carbon market tops 5.8 billion yuan
    Xinhua, 23 Dec 2021 – shared by China-Environment-News.com on Facebook Background from CEN: China’s national emissions trading system (ETS) was launched in July 2021. As the largest carbon market in the world, China’s system is more than ten times larger than that of the US state of California. The Chinese scheme has more than doubled the share of global emissions covered under an WTS , and covering approximately one-tenth of global carbon dioxide emissions. In the first phase, the market will be focused exclusively on the power sector, covering over 2,200 businesses, (comprising more than 40 percent of the nation’s emissions), …
  • NEVs to take over 30% share of China auto market in 2025
    Xinhua, 25 Dec 2021 – shared by China-Environment-News.com on Facebook SHANGHAI, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) — New-energy vehicles (NEVs) are expected to grab over 30 percent share of China’s auto market in 2025, according to the electric vehicle industry think tank China EV100. NEV sales in the world’s largest auto market are expected to exceed 5 million units in 2022 and reach at least 7 million units in 2025, said Zhang Yongwei, vice president of China EV100, adding that in an optimistic scenario, the sales could even reach 9 million to 10 million units in 2025. In the January-November period of this …
  • China’s Environmental Ministry requires local authorities to stop haphazard ‘smokestack projects’ – down by 30% in 2021
    The number of smokestack projects approved by government is expected to have declined this year as China forges ahead with its ambitious climate goals, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said on 23 Decxember 2021. The number of such projects going through environmental impact assessments this year is estimated to have decreased by 30 percent year-on-year, Liu Zhiquan, head of the ministry’s environmental impact assessment and emission management department, told a news conference. He said the ministry has demanded that local environmental authorities enhance examination to rule out the haphazard development of such projects. China aims to see its carbon …
  • China: understanding the New Development Stage, applying the New Development Philosophy, and creating a New Development Dynamic
    XI JINPING English Edition of Qiushi Journal, 2021-07-08 Since the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held in October 2020, all regions and departments have yielded positive results from their hard work to study, publicize, and apply the guiding principles from the Session in line with the Central Committee’s requirements. During this special seminar, the Central Committee hopes that we will gain an accurate understanding of the new stage of development through extensive discussions and exchanges of experience, with a view to fully implementing the new development philosophy, accelerating our efforts to …
  • Protect or hunt? Environmental management of wild boars in China
    Crop-eating wild boars have been a headache for local villagers for years in Tongjiang, a mountainous county nestled in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. “If they don’t come tonight, they will come tomorrow night, or the day after tomorrow. They will come anyway,” said villager Ma Xingquan. He also said that wild boars will not stop coming down to the village until there’s nothing left to eat in the field. Another local, Sheng Daxiu, said that this year wild boars have “visited” their village more often than they did in the past years. She said a villager’s cornfield was severely damaged …
  • US climate commitments in chaos – is Biden’s “Build Back Better” policy dead?
    At the Glasgow climate meeting in November 2021, US President Biden was keen to promote the US “commitment” to the Paris Agreement (which the US regime had only recently “rejoined”) aimed at preventing some of the worst effects of global warming. Much was made at the time by the Biden regime and its acolytes of the claim that the US would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to 50% below 2005 levels. Many commentators pointed out that, with the best will in the world, there were serious doubts that the US, as an economy dominated by oligarchs with contradictory vested …
  • The changing energy mix in our time – replacing fossil fuels with solar
    China has the largest solar production capacity in the world. How did Chinese companies achieve this No.1 position and what are the changes solar power is bringing to our lives? In the attached Green Front Video, Kate Kui interviewes Li Zhenguo, founder of the largest solar company globally, Longi Green Energy, which is based in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, for his insights. Watch Video: SOURCE: BIZBEAT on YouTube (Green Front Series II Ep.2), 21 Dec 2021.
  • Shanghai’s ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’ to open along creek
    A new landmark shopping complex along the Suzhou Creek in Shanghai, dubbed the city’s Hanging Gardens of Babylon, will open on Wednesday. The initial phase of the “Tian An 1000 Trees” project will include restaurants, museums, art galleries and entertainment sites, along with the city’s earliest industrial heritages. Residents and tourists have been intrigued by the structure’s unconventional appearance during its eight years of development, with trees planted on its pillars and balconies. There will be up to 1,000 pillars with a tree on top of each, giving the structure a hill-like appearance. An automated watering system has been buried …
  • To achieve carbon neutrality, Chinese scientists in action
    China’s emission control efforts will test and develop a series of scientific conclusions, methods and technological innovations. Many Chinese researchers are now engaged in the carbon emission-related studies. On Dec. 3, 2021 Lanzhou University, based in northwest China’s Gansu Province, jointly established an institute with LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd. to build a research and development platform of clean energy technology, equipment and material. Gansu, with broad Gobi and desert areas, has abundant wind, light and heat resources which can be efficiently utilized to better serve the country’s carbon reduction goal. Previously, the researchers from Lanzhou University have made …
  • China’s top legislature deliberates on law for improved conservation of Yellow River
    On 1 March 2021, China brought into effect a law to protect the Yangtze River, the country’s longest river. Now, a new draft law on the protection of the Yellow River, the “mother river” of the Chinese nation, has submitted to the ongoing session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee for deliberation on 20 Dec 2021. The draft law proposes multiple measures, including the launch of a fishing ban in key waters of the Yellow River Basin and the establishment of nature reserve areas, to restore the river’s ecological environment. Relevant departments of the State Council shall carry out …
  • First digital mobile supervision station launched to protect ecology of Qinling Mountains
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  • Vision of ecological civilization benefits all
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  • China to build fusion energy research facility
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  • Chinese-built hydropower station in Zambia turns on 1st generator
    The first generator for the Kafue Gorge Lower Hydropower Station, an infrastructure project in Zambia which was built by Chinese companies, has been put into operation in August 2021. As the largest single building infrastructure project and the largest hydropower station in Zambia, it has created new and favorable conditions for the country’s economic and social development and the improvement of local people’s livelihoods. Zambia has been tackling power shortages for a long time. Only about 25 percent of the urban population and 3 percent of the rural population have a stable electricity supply. Meanwhile, people in the country have …
  • Zambia call for close cooperation with China on capacity building for green economy
    The Zambian Minister for Green Economy and Environment, Hon. Eng. Collins Nzovu, MP, has called for close bilateral relations between Zambia and China in the areas of forestry development and management, green economy and climate change, meteorological and weather services, environmental protection and management, and capacity building. The Minister was speaking when the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Li Jie paid a virtual courtesy call on him today. Mr. Nzovu said the Ministry of Green Economy and Environment would like to learn from China’s development experience and is willing to create a favourable …
  • China and Nigeria to form partnership to bring renewable energy to rural parts of Nigeria
    The Federal Government of Nigeria has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the People’s Republic of China on renewable clean energy. The project will boost electricity supply to rural parts of Nigeria. China has also donated rural solar equipment to Nigeria while seeking cooperation to provide solutions to electrical shortages through a transfer of renewable energy technologies into the country. This was disclosed during a visit by Mr Ji Yuxin, Representative of China’s Principal Surveyor of Wind Energy, to Mohammed Abdullahi, the Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation on Friday in Abuja. The proposed partnership, according …
  • Richard Lewontin, eco-socialism, evolutionary biology and Marxism
    Originally published by: Science for the People by Professor Erik Svensson, November 3, 2021. https://magazine.scienceforthepeople.org/lewontin-special-issue/richard-lewontin-dialectical-materialism-the-relationship-between-evolutionary-biology-and-marxism/ On July 4, 2021, the great population geneticist and evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin passed away at the age of 92. Lewontin left a strong political legacy in the United States in addition to his scientific one. He shared this political legacy with his fellow Marxist and comrade Richard Levins, who passed away five years ago and who was memorialized in an article titled “The People’s Scientist” in Jacobin in 2016.1 In 1985, the two co-authored a famous but also controversial book, The Dialectical Biologist. Published in the last phase of the Cold War …
  • Fukushima radiation in Arctic adds to pressure on Japan
    The revelation that radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear plant has reached the Arctic Ocean is sparking renewed calls for Japan to scrap a decision to dump toxic water from the crippled plant into the sea. According to a study by Yuichiro Kumamoto, a senior researcher from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, radioactive Cesium-134 that flowed into the ocean after the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011 arrived in the Arctic region about eight years later. CLICK FOR VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ2eQtrWf9 According to the study, which was published on Tuesday, seawater collected at 73 degrees latitude north in the …
  • Mercury contamination reaches deepest parts of ocean: Chinese study
    Chinese researchers and collaborators recently found that hadal trenches, the deepest parts of an ocean, receive a large amount of mercury. The study, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), was conducted by a research team led by Xu Yunping, with Shanghai Ocean University and its international collaborators. Through the full-ocean-depth lander, self-developed by the Hadal Science and Technology Research Center of Shanghai Ocean University, researchers collected sediment samples from hadal zones, that can have depths of 6,000 to 11,000 meters, including the Mariana Trench, and found that even the world’s deepest ocean realm is …
  • Chinese researchers set up global database of soil seed banks
    Chinese researchers have compiled and analyzed a database to characterize global determinants and patterns of soil seed banks. Soil seed banks, which include all viable seeds on or in the soil, represent a critical but hidden stock for potential future plant diversity on Earth. They are vital for the long-term survival of individual plant species and the diversity and dynamics of plant communities. In the dataset established by researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 15,698 records of species diversity and density for soil seed banks in natural plant communities worldwide have been compiled. Random forest models showed that …
  • China industrializes biological humus to improve soil quality
    A type of biological humic acid, featuring high purity and high activity, extracted from agricultural and forestry waste has been industrialized and used for soil restoration in China. A large amount of agricultural and forestry wastes are burned in the open air due to the lack of large-scale high-value utilization, resulting in environmental pollution and resource wastage. Humic acid is an internationally recognized green and effective environmental material for soil restoration that is in urgent need. Industrialization of rapid pyrolysis of humic acid has stably served the bulk and high-value utilization of agricultural and forestry wastes since 2012, said Tian …
  • China light-splitting greenhouse also generates solar power to run the greenhouse’s operation
    Chinese researchers have developed a new type of light-splitting greenhouse roof that can allow visible light to enter while converting near-infrared light into electricity. A group of researchers from the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, developed this new greenhouse covering structure based on the solar spectral splitting utilization, according to China Science Daily. Visible light, with a wavelength from 400 nanometers (nm) to 780 nm, is critical for driving the photosynthesis process of greenhouse plants, but near-infrared light, with a wavelength from 780 nm to 2,500 nm, has little …
  • From ending deforestation in China, to ending it everywhere
    Experts argue China can build on protections for its own forests and expand due diligence to cover overseas products. [This article is republished in full from China Dialogue under a Creative Commons licence] Last month, the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow gave new impetus to forest conservation worldwide. Signatories to the Glasgow declaration on forest and land use committed to “halt and reverse” forest loss and land degradation by 2030, while at the same time “delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation.” The 141 countries that signed up contain 90% of global forest coverage. Phasing out coal has received most …
  • China boosts battery recycling amid decommissioning surge
    China is seeking to boost the battery recycling sector to cope with the rise in decommissioning of aging batteries from new-energy vehicles (NEV), which have grown in popularity in recent years. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said it will issue a new regulation to clarify the supervisory responsibilities of national and local departments, along with the requirements for battery recycling, according to Science and Technology Daily. The latest data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showed that the cumulative NEV sales volume in China in the first 11 months this year is close to 3 million, …
  • China, ASEAN to share new opportunities with RCEP in effect: experts
    ASEAN and China share common development goals and face common challenges like climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, thus the two sides need closer ties to ensure the stability of supply and production chains to adapt to changes in the regional and international environments. (Dang Xuan Thanh, vice president, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences) Experts call on China and ASEAN to strengthen cooperation to better make use of the opportunities brought by the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. The 13th China-ASEAN Think Tank Strategic Dialogue Forum was held on Wednesday in Nanning, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, with …
  • Uganda’s Entebbe-Kampala Expressway – BRI project connects major cities and international airport
    Tourists and visitors traveling through Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport can save time between their destinations thanks to the 51-kilometer Kampala-Entebbe Expressway that was constructed by Chinese contractors. The recently commissioned Entebbe-Kampala Expressway gives the travel manager easy access to his destination as the expressway stretches from the outskirts of the capital and leads to the main airport, cutting a 2-hour-long journey to only around 30 minutes. Entebbe airport is Uganda’s major international airport and serves as the main entry point into the country. A tour and travel manager David Mulindwa drives over 30 kilometers to get to the country’s principal …
  • “Ecological Bank” brings benefits to Chinese farmers – opens another door for green funding
    Liangshan Bank Thanks to the local “Liangshan Bank,” green resources that were once deemed useless by farmers are now assets. The name “Liangshan Bank,” or “the bank of two mountains,” came from the “two mountains” concept of Chinese leadership, according to which “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets.” Apart from being a traditional lender, Liangshan Bank acts as a platform to integrate green resources and transform them into assets with development value. The Liangshan Bank acts as a platform for integrating the management rights of green resources to make better use of them. Those who have deposited resources …
  • China’s BRI – new global green investment
    The immense regional as well global popularity of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has now rattled the policy makers sitting in the Washington DC and Brussels to start their own impromptu so-called global mega projects of development. The so-called the Build Back Better World (B3W) with the commitment to invest up to $40 trillion and EU sponsored the Global Gateway Strategy (GGS) with 300 billion Euros. Both global financial players termed their versions of BRI as inclusive, transparent, open and last but not the least, development-oriented with no secret conditions. Both claimed to announce their mega projects to …
  • Chinese company director sentenced to prison for illegal production of ozone-destroying chemicals
    China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environmental Protection has adopted “zero tolerance” for businesses found illegally making or using CFC-11. The evidence shows that China has delivered on this commitment. In February 2021, a Chinese company and its director were convicted of illegally making CFC-11. Both the company and director were given significant fines, and the director was also sentenced to 10 months in prison. This was the country’s first prison sentence for environmental pollution related to the chemical. The case was unearthed during a two-month campaign launched by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment in 2019 to eliminate illegal production …
  • Wild yak population continues to rise at reserve in North West China
    VIDEO – click to view. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orgPa3yw1fY The number of wild yaks has increased by 3,000 to reach around 12,000 over a decade at a nature reserve in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to the latest research released on in December 2021. With the development of the fourth scientific expedition at Altun Mountain National Nature Reserve in Xinjiang, the monitoring of wildlife overwintering in the protected area has also been officially launched recently. The site of the science expedition is located in the buffer zone of the Altun Mountain National Nature Reserve. The monitoring site is located in the …
  • Draft list of protected animals promotes human-nature harmony
    The National Forestry and Grassland Administration released the draft of a new list of terrestrial wild animals with important ecological, scientific and social importance on Dec 5 to solicit public opinion. Compared with the earlier list, published in 2000, a notable change is the removal of wild boars as a protected species. The exclusion of wild boars from the list is being seen as course correction, as these animals have been entering villages and damaging crops for years. In 2021, wild boars trended 12 times on the micro blog in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. Data show that China has an estimated …
  • Tibet-Kathmandu railway in focus as China vows change for landlocked Nepal
    China announces it will help Nepal realise its dream of becoming a ‘land-linked country’ US$8 billion cross-border railway from south Tibet to Kathmandu is key project in Belt & Road plan in South Asia In May 2017, Nepal joined the BRI with a hope of obtaining long-term benefits through a myriad of projects. The line has already reached Xigaze (or Shigatse) in Tibet. In July 2020 the next secton of line in Tibet from Xigaze to was still in the planning stage, although China had reportedly commenced surveying work. The SCMP reported that the railway project was among 20 bilateral …
  • China building world’s largest national park system
    This autumn, without much fanfare, China established a new government initiative that could have a profound impact on the nation’s increasingly threatened biodiversity. In October, President Xi Jinping announced the formal establishment of a network of five national parks, covering a total of 230,000 square kilometers (88,800 square miles) and containing nearly 30% of the country’s key terrestrial wildlife species. China, this year’s host for the United Nations biodiversity conference, has vowed to use the new system to fix loopholes in its conservation work. Once completed, it will be the world’s largest national park system, replacing a complex and unwieldy structure of …
  • China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: $62 billion BRI plan to build Pakistan
    The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a mega plan that has the potential to revolutionize the Pakistan economic reality. CPEC has contributed to resolving the serious electricity shortage in Pakistan — a big hurdle to industrial development. Before the commercial operation of a number of energy projects under CPEC, Pakistan was suffering a severe power crisis, with 12-18 hours of load shedding in a day, interrupting industrial production. However, in recent years, entities like PowerChina (the world’s largest infrastructure construction investor ) have undertaken many energy projects under CPEC, including the Diamer Basha Dam Project, the 4th and 5th expansion of the …
  • Ecological corridors help expand giant pandas’ habitat
    CHENGDU, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) — The ecological corridors established in west China have connected fragmented habitats of wild giant pandas, expanding their habitat range and facilitating the hybridization among different subspecies. At least two video clips showed giant pandas in the ecological corridors earlier this month, indicating that various subspecies from different areas were moving via these corridors, making high-quality cross-breeding possible. In mid-October, China officially designated the first group of five national parks, including the Giant Panda National Park. Covering a total area of 22,000 square km, the park spans the provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu. In Sichuan …
  • Cambodian expressway funded under Belt and Road over 70% completed
    The expressway is one of the Cambodia-China cooperation projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Nearly 71 percent of the construction work on the Chinese-invested Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville Expressway has been completed despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) said in a news release on 12 December 2021. Road Traffic Technology reports that the 190km-long Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway will be the largest roadway in Cambodia when operational in 2023. The new expressway will act as an efficient link between the capital city Phnom Penh and the coastal city Sihanoukville. Being developed as …