Pakistan, China to work for ecological civilisation under CPEC project

Islamabad : Pakistan and China are going to turn China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into a model for ecological civilisation aiming at restoration of the natural environment in the region. According to the details, a joint committee has been formed to work towards ecological civilisation that also comprises Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam. An official of the climate change ministry said the concept of ecological civilisation would help stimulate green economy, green transportation system and green channels of production in both Pakistan and China. He said: “The basic aim of ecological civilisation remains reversal … Continue reading Pakistan, China to work for ecological civilisation under CPEC project

Fact check: Is China the main climate change culprit?

CLIMATE CHANGE MYTHS ABOUT CHINA DEBUNKED The following article, from the German news service Deutsche Welle, (DW) reiterates what China Environment News has been writing about since we started 18 months ago. It’s very encouraging to see the one of the largest and most influential broadcasters in Europe take such an unbiased and objective view of the role of China is climate change. DW is the German federal state-owned international broadcaster. China currently releases more carbon emissions than any other country — leading many to believe it bears the greatest responsibility for climate change. However, the situation is more complex … Continue reading Fact check: Is China the main climate change culprit?

Hong Kong: new Clean Air Plan to achieve Tokyo, Paris levels of clean air by 2035

Hong Kong’s air quality has improved since the publication of the last plan in 2013 – pollutant levels overall have fallen by up to 50 per cent and visibility increased 40 per cent over the past five years. Hong Kong has set itself a new target to reach the same standards of air quality as major international cities such as Tokyo and Paris by 2035. Unveiling the Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong 2035 on Tuesday, Secretary for Environment Wong Kam-sing said the city would aim to fully comply with all World Health Organization standards in this area over the … Continue reading Hong Kong: new Clean Air Plan to achieve Tokyo, Paris levels of clean air by 2035

Good news for wind power? Has 6 decades of surface wind “stilling” ended in China?

Since the 1960s, a significant trend has been that global land surface wind speed (SWS) has significantly weakened, a phenomenon known as global terrestrial stilling. The stilling is widespread worldwide. It has seriously affected the ecological environment and social economy, especially as a factor restricting the sustainable development of the wind energy industry. The latest research, by a team of Chinese scientists from Institute of Atmospheric Physics at Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center of the Ministry of Natural Resources, has found that the stilling reversed around 2010 and global SWS is strengthening. The results … Continue reading Good news for wind power? Has 6 decades of surface wind “stilling” ended in China?

Across China: Green buildings house hopes of low carbon future

TIANJIN, June 28 (Xinhua) — With a few clicks on a screen, the apartment’s lighting and air conditioning systems can be operated, the skylights can be opened or closed, as well as the curtains… In a smart room displayed at an expo held in north China’s Tianjin Municipality, all futuristic home ideas have been translated into business reality. The smart room made its debut at the China Building Science Conference and Green Intelligent Building Expo, which concluded on Sunday, along with over 500 exhibitions with their environment-friendly construction technologies. “The room is recyclable and renewable, and can respond to environmental … Continue reading Across China: Green buildings house hopes of low carbon future

Australian virologist who was a researcher at the Wuhan lab speaks out

Half-truths and distorted information have obscured an accurate accounting of the lab’s functions and activities, which were more routine than how they’ve been portrayed in the media. “It was a regular lab that worked in the same way as any other high-containment lab … What people are saying is just not how it is.” Australian virologist, Dr Danielle Anderson, was working on research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory just weeks before the first known cases of COVID-19 emerged in central China. One of a dozen experts appointed to an international taskforce in November to study the origins of … Continue reading Australian virologist who was a researcher at the Wuhan lab speaks out

US bio-warfare labs source of Covid-19 pandemic ?

International pressure builds for independent investigation The lab-leak theory, that COVID-19 was leaked from a laboratory, has once again caused a clamor since the beginning of this year, months after the argument was thrown into the trash can of conspiracy theories by an overwhelming number of scientists. Observers found that things only get more complicated when the origins of the coronavirus – an already difficult scientific issue – is entangled in political manipulation tricks. Combing through more than 8,000 pieces of news reports related to the lab-leak theory, the Global Times found that as many as 60 percent of the … Continue reading US bio-warfare labs source of Covid-19 pandemic ?

Bonsai-like mangroves thrive in south China’s Techeng Island

Techeng Island in Zhanjiang City, south China’s Guangdong Province, is home to one of the most beautiful mangrove trees in China. The picturesque tourist resort features 50.7 square kilometers of mangrove forests. Many of the bonsai-like mangrove trees growing in the southeastern part of the island are over 100 years old.  The mangrove forest in the southern part of Techeng Island in Zhanjiang City, south China’s Guangdong Province, has been hailed as China’s most ancient, occupying an area of around 10 hectares.   The forest consists of white mangroves and red mangroves. Back in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the island’s residents … Continue reading Bonsai-like mangroves thrive in south China’s Techeng Island

COVID lab-leak theory: ‘Rare’ genetic sequence doesn’t mean the virus was engineered

” … there is no evidence presented in the WSJ piece that scientifically supports the concept of a lab leak of a genetically engineered virus.” Two scientific experts from the University of Leeds, Dr Keith Grehan (postdoctoral researcher on molecular biology) and Dr Natalie Kingston (research fellow on virology) argue that the article written for the US Wall Street Journal is scientifically dubious, and based on speculation unsubstantiated by evidence. The theory that the COVID-19 pandemic was triggered by the SARS-CoV-2 virus being leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China was recently given new life following an explosive … Continue reading COVID lab-leak theory: ‘Rare’ genetic sequence doesn’t mean the virus was engineered

China’s water quality improves in first five months of 2021

Xinhua27 Jun 2021 China’s water quality improved in the first five months of the year, according to data released by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment. The data shows that 81.8 percent of surface water was graded Class I to III (good quality) in the January-May period, up 1 percentage point from the same period last year, while the figure for Class V water fell 0.7 percentage points year on year to 2.1 percent. Surface water quality in China is divided into five classes, with Class I being the best. For major rivers, including the Yangtze River and the Yellow … Continue reading China’s water quality improves in first five months of 2021