Guangdong nuclear power plant incident: Making a mountain out of a molehill?

Speculation about a possible radiation leak at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong has dominated the Chinese media news cycle in the last few days. Taishan has refuted the allegations, saying that the environmental indicators at the plant and its surrounding areas are “normal”. This statement has provided some measure of calm, especially among residents of nearby Hong Kong and Macau. On 13 June, quoting US officials and documents it has seen, CNN reported that the US government had spent the past week assessing a report of a leak at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant after Framatome, a French … Continue reading Guangdong nuclear power plant incident: Making a mountain out of a molehill?

New study finds more evidence COVID-19 was in US by December 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A new analysis of blood samples by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program between January 2 and March 18, 2020 suggested that seven people in five states may have been infected well before the country’s first confirmed cases were reported in January 21, 2020.  Blood samples taken from Americans early last year becomes the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus was in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials in that country. US health officials are increasingly accepting a timeline in … Continue reading New study finds more evidence COVID-19 was in US by December 2019

New giant rhino fossil from China is one of largest land mammals ever found

A 26.5 million-year-old skull found in northwest China has been identified as another extinct species of giant rhino, one of the largest mammals to ever roam the land. The fossil is remarkably well-preserved, and after close analysis, scientists have named it Paraceratherium linxiaense, the sixth species of this hornless rhino genus to be uncovered in Eurasia.   It’s hard to infer the exact size of the beast from its skull alone, but other Paraceratherium fossils suggest these creatures once stood on four surprisingly skinny legs at a shoulder height of about 4.8 meters (15.7 feet), which is roughly the size of the largest modern giraffes. … Continue reading New giant rhino fossil from China is one of largest land mammals ever found

China, Central Asia nations build green ties

Central Asia’s largest wind power project is an example of international co-financing implemented by a Chinese construction company. Does this example provide lessons to support the green energy transition of emerging economies by mobilizing international finance? Fossil fuel production constitutes 17 percent of oil and gas rich Central Asian Kazakhstan’s GDP. Despite this Kazakhstan announced the country is planning to shift to 50 percent renewable energy by 2050. To give some perspective, in 2015, the United States generated just 13 percent of its energy from green sources, like wind, solar, and hyrdo. Central Asia’s largest wind power project with a generating capacity of 100 MW was … Continue reading China, Central Asia nations build green ties

Environmental protection boosts flora, fauna, people

In Qinghai province, environmental protection has been prioritized, and the province aims to build two more national parks-the Qinghai Lake National Park and the Kunlun Mountains National Park. In recent years, Qinghai has established many nature reserves, forest parks, wetland parks and geoparks, which have boosted the eco-friendly tourist services provided by the province, and raised local living standards from tourism. Improvements to the local ecosystem are attracting visitors and raising people’s living standards During this year’s May Day holiday, the northwestern province of Qinghai experienced a tourism boom, despite the hangover from the COVID-19 outbreak. The province recorded more … Continue reading Environmental protection boosts flora, fauna, people