China and African nations push for new global fund to secure biodiversity accord

China and African nations are pushing for the establishment of a multi-billion-dollar “global biodiversity fund” to help developing countries meet goals agreed in the UN Convention on Biodiversity being negotiated to protect nature, U.N. officials and observers said. About 195 countries are expected to finalise a new accord to safeguard the planet’s plants, animals and ecosystems at a two-part U.N. summit due to culminate in May next year in the southern Chinese city of Kunming. China as host of the UN Convention on Biodiversity has urged countries to recognise the importance of biodiversity in human health and endorse key Chinese … Continue reading China and African nations push for new global fund to secure biodiversity accord

White Man’s Media: vilification of China and ‘colonisation of the mind’

Most political colonies have come to an end. But a colonial mind set continues in the Australian media. That colonial media mind set in turn promotes a ‘colonisation of the mind’. By John Menadue, the publisher of Pearls & Irritations. The US Department of Defence maintains, in its own words ‘full spectrum dominance’ throughout the world.  Legacy media in the US and the UK has the same dominance . It frames and  influences how we [in the West] think and particularly how governments act. US legacy media – CNN, Washington Post, New York Times, Fox News  and western news agencies … Continue reading White Man’s Media: vilification of China and ‘colonisation of the mind’

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 mineral aragonite, which many marine animals use to form bones and shell, support the vast majority of sea life.  The world’s seas have absorbed around a third of all carbon pollution produced since the Industrial Revolution. But with atmospheric CO2 levels increasing at a rate unprecedented … Continue reading Ocean surface climates may disappear by 2100: study

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 in processes developed thousands of years ago by Chinese scholars. Numeracy has always remained high on educational priorities in the country for millennia, and that holds true today. More than three out of four Chinese doctoral graduates are in STEM disciplines. The stereotype of the … Continue reading History of mathematics is being revised to be fair to Han contributions

Tibetan antelopes no longer on ‘endangered’ list

The status of Tibetan antelopes in China has been downgraded from “endangered” to “near threatened” amid the country’s active anti-poaching and biodiversity protection efforts, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration has announced. Thanks to efforts made to protect the animal over the past 40 years, the number of Tibetan antelopes (or Chiru) has risen from less than 75,000 in the 1980s to around 300,000 today. Despite the good news, the organization has made clear the removal of antelopes from the list does not mean that regulations on protecting the animal will be scrapped. According to Chinese law, the illegal hunting, … Continue reading Tibetan antelopes no longer on ‘endangered’ list

Carbon trading scheme may reduce China’s emissions by 30 to 60%

China’s national emissions trading scheme (ETS) could play an important role in the country’s carbon-neutrality drive by potentially reducing carbon emissions by 30 per cent to 60 per cent of current levels by 2060, according to a report released on Tuesday. The report is by the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC), a network of asset owners and financial institutions representing more than US$26 trillion in assets under management, and global asset management company Schroders. “The launch of the national ETS could be one of the most significant drivers of carbon abatement in Asia and, with the right settings, will be instrumental … Continue reading Carbon trading scheme may reduce China’s emissions by 30 to 60%

China is transforming the world

“US and Western over consumption is still the leading force for environmental destruction of the global ecosystem. China continues to be a key driving force in moving the planet towards ecological civilization and in redressing centuries of plunder of the land, labour and resources of the global south by Western imperialism“ CEN Editorial Statement, 17 December 2020 In the global battle for ecological survival and equity, China has increasingly emerged as the international leader for Green development and ecological civilisation. This not an accident. Nor is it an accident that an increasing proportion of Western, particularly US anti-China hysteria, is … Continue reading China is transforming the world

China’s energy storage industry on fast track thanks to policy stimulus

China’s efforts to move electricity generation from a coal-dominated system to a mix of renewables is not only focusing on increased utilisation of wind, solar and other technologies but is also seeking to rapidly expand energy storage options. There are a range of energy storage technologies, including molten salt solar powered heat exchange and pumped hydro, however electrochemical battery storage is an area of rapid development. In late July 2021, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released a slew of policies to provide a blueprint to turbocharge the energy storage industry, and offer … Continue reading China’s energy storage industry on fast track thanks to policy stimulus