How ocean currents reveal new secrets about climate change

Massive ocean currents, such as the gulf stream, move heat from one part of the planet to the other. This process, in part, helps to give Western Europe its mild winter climate.  But climate change is already having a visible effect on the world’s temperatures and scientists are starting to build a clearer picture of what happens when certain climate components near their tipping point.  Watch video: https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2021-07-31/-How-ocean-currents-reveal-new-secrets-about-climate-change-12jYE9gFFRK/index.html Explaining the situation to RAZOR is Levke Caesar, part of an international group from the UK, Ireland and Germany collecting data about one of the largest ocean currents – known as the AMOC. Source: … Continue reading How ocean currents reveal new secrets about climate change

Scientists produce high-resolution urban floor area map of China

by Zhang Nannan, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 30 July 2021 Recently, using random forest regression models, scientists estimated an urban floor (building) area map with high accuracy for mainland China. This map, produced by Prof. Liu Miao and Associate Prof. Li Chunlin from the Institute of Applied Ecology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), in collaboration with scientists from Fudan University and Shanghai Normal University, has used data collected from night-time light (with 130-m spatial resolution), population density maps (with 100-m spatial resolution) and single building data sets of 71 cities. Urbanization research is a hot spot of global concern. China’s … Continue reading Scientists produce high-resolution urban floor area map of China

Wulipo National Nature Reserve added to Hubei Shennongjia World Heritage Site

By WANG KAIHAO in Beijing and DENG RUI in Chongqing | China Daily | 2021-07-30 A nature reserve in Chongqing was included as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Wednesday during the ongoing 44th session of the World Heritage Committee in Fuzhou, Fujian province. The Wulipo National Nature Reserve in Wushan county was included as part of Shennongjia in neighboring Hubei province, a key center of biodiversity that was added to the list in 2016. The expansion followed a Chinese proposal to modify the original boundary of the Shennongjia site to further reflect the ecological value of the … Continue reading Wulipo National Nature Reserve added to Hubei Shennongjia World Heritage Site

Is America’s e-cigarette crisis a smokescreen for the coronavirus outbreak?

Coughing and short of breath, a patient presented to the emergency room with a low blood oxygen level, and the CT scan showed a “ground glass” pattern of white flecks on his lungs, a sign of severe pulmonary damage. Sounds familiar? Well, he wasn’t diagnosed with COVID-19. Instead, the patient was treated as one of the first EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury) cases in the U.S. that have mysteriously popped up since March 2019. Back in 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acted quickly to link the unknown pneumonia with the use of e-cigarettes, … Continue reading Is America’s e-cigarette crisis a smokescreen for the coronavirus outbreak?

Climate change opens new avenues for China-EU cooperation

Having set ambitious climate targets and drawn up sweeping plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions, both China and the European Union are staying on track to pursue sustainable development and thereby to shape a green future, which opens up new vistas for bilateral cooperation. FRANKFURT, July 29 (Xinhua) — Shuttling between stations in an assembly hall of a manufacturing base located in the Sino-France Ecology Park in Chengdu, several automated electric trucks carry materials in an orderly and efficient manner, enabling a brand-new car to roll off the production line in less than 20 hours. The ecology park, home to … Continue reading Climate change opens new avenues for China-EU cooperation

Chinese university develops new material to accelerate solid state battery production

A team at University of Science and Technology of China has developed a new material that could potentially help lower the production costs of solid state lithium batteries and accelerate their commercialization into EVs. The new material, lithium zirconium chloride, offers a reduced material cost and necessary performance, all while remaining stable. As published on Nature Communications this week, a research team from the University of Science and Technology of China led by Professor Ma Cheng believes its new material will help accelerate solid state battery production, due to its low-cost and comprehensive performance. The study, titled A cost-effective and humidity-tolerant chloride solid electrolyte for lithium … Continue reading Chinese university develops new material to accelerate solid state battery production

Interview with Wang Yi, China’s NPC Standing Committee member, on routes to carbon neutrality

Introduction Since China elevated the concept of “ecological civilization” to the level of national policy in 2012, the country has made great strides in tackling air pollution, with severe smog almost a thing of the past. The energy transition has also seen successes, with the proportion of coal in the primary energy mix falling year after year and renewables powering forwards. China’s conservation efforts have also delivered visible result, with achievements in greening and afforestation noted around the world. It is easy for outsiders to take an over-simplified views that strong policy interventions by central government make China’s low-carbon transition a sure thing. Such expectations have … Continue reading Interview with Wang Yi, China’s NPC Standing Committee member, on routes to carbon neutrality

China adopts new Green Development Guidelines for Foreign Investment and Cooperation

On July 16, 2021, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of China issued the “Green Development Guidelines for Foreign Investment and Cooperation” (hereinafter referred to as the 2021 Green Guidelines see link to full document at end of this article).  The Guidelines focus on both investment and trade. With MOFCOM being responsible for regulating Chinese overseas projects including their environmental standards, while MEE is responsible for providing concepts and knowledge, these Guidelines must be considered highly influential in pushing for a green BRI where enterprises should “follow international green rules and standards” in their overseas … Continue reading China adopts new Green Development Guidelines for Foreign Investment and Cooperation

Finding the origins of COVID-19 and preventing future pandemics

“If there was indeed a laboratory-related release of SARS-CoV-2, it may well have occurred in a project funded by the U.S. government, using methods developed and championed by U.S. scientists, and as part of a U.S.-led and U.S.-financed program to collect and analyze potentially dangerous viruses, including in China.“  Jeffrey D. Sachs, is a University Professor at Columbia University, and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Professor Sachs will also chair the The Lancet COVID-19 Commission. In the attached article, Professor Sachs asks: Where did COVID-19 come … Continue reading Finding the origins of COVID-19 and preventing future pandemics

Electricity Transmission in China : The Long March to Smart Grids

To support activity in China, the world’s leading industrial power and most populous country, the transmission and distribution of electricity have become a major challenge. The geographical distance between the areas where energy resources are located and those where they are consumed has made UHV (Ultra High Voltage) technology a priority for over ten years. Today, Smart Grid technology has now also been added to this. The enormous energy consumption associated with China’s development since the 1980s goes hand in hand with a major problem for the country: its main coal resources, the primary source of electricity generation, are located … Continue reading Electricity Transmission in China : The Long March to Smart Grids