China urges developed countries to face up to their responsibilities on climate change

“Developed countries should earnestly abide by the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, face up to their historical responsibilities, show greater ambition and action, and help developing countries enhance their capacity to meet the climate challenge in terms of financial, technological and capacity building support.” Hua Chunying, spokesperson for Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Climate change is based on inequality The post-industrial economic structure of the rich developed countries is highly consumption — rather than production — based, including consumption effects that draw produced goods from developing countries. By focusing emissions targets solely on production, rather than on consumption, as … Continue reading China urges developed countries to face up to their responsibilities on climate change

China’s Guiyang targets 50% green economy share in GDP by 2025

GUIYANG — It is estimated that the added value of the green economy of Guiyang, capital of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, will account for half of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2025, local environment authorities said Thursday. The city’s energy consumption per 10,000 yuan (about 1,500 U.S. dollars) of GDP decreased by over 25 percent during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020) compared with that of the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015), and a green, low-carbon circular economy system has been broadly formed, according to the Guiyang municipal ecology and environment bureau. In the next five years, Guiyang, China’s … Continue reading China’s Guiyang targets 50% green economy share in GDP by 2025

Power cuts fuel China’s energy mix change

The shortage of electricity in China at present is mainly caused by three factors. The industrial demand for electricity is increasing fast. The price of coal has soared. And local governments are trying to fulfill their emissions cut quotas. By the end of September, the price of thermal coal had increased about twofold compared with the same period last year, exhausting the interest margin of the power plant operators as the electricity price is settled by the government. At the same time, the supply of hydropower and wind power decreases in winter, and cannot fill the gap left by the … Continue reading Power cuts fuel China’s energy mix change

Pacific nations warn about the threat of nuclear pollution by AUKUS

American failure to address previous nuclear contamination from its military activity does not lend credibility to Biden’s or Morrison’s rhetoric. Addressing the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly of the UN, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, said as his country is a party to the 1985 the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty he would like to keep the region nuclear free and put the region’s nuclear legacy behind it. “The ocean remains the life blood for our survival and would like to work with everyone in keeping it blue and healthy,” Sogavare said. He was referring to … Continue reading Pacific nations warn about the threat of nuclear pollution by AUKUS

China to boost new energy amid rationing

80-100 gigawatts of wind, solar power to be installed annually in China Photo taken on Oct. 23, 2019 shows the Nanfeng wind power field in Hami, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge) Amid public concerns over the current electricity rationing and power shortages in some provinces in China, the National Energy Administration (NEA) has issued management guidance for the new energy industry. Analysts said the guidance will boost the use of power generated from new energy, and offers a solution to instability in power supply. According to the guidance, power grid enterprises shall provide access for new energy … Continue reading China to boost new energy amid rationing

The revival of rare species in China: back to prosperity

This October, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will celebrate its 72nd founding anniversary. From 1949 to 2021, China has seen rapid development not only in economy and technology but also in ecological restoration. Many rare species were successfully saved from the threat of extinction. Dubbed “China’s National Treasure,” the giant panda is one of the most famous species that has been saved from the edge of extinction. The population was once big, but threatened by habitat shrinking and low birth rate due to reasons like food shortage, the giant panda soon became rare in the wild. To save it, … Continue reading The revival of rare species in China: back to prosperity

The Dawn of Another Age: The Communian

An extract from an article published in the Monthly Review Today the moment of truth looms large. We currently reside within a “Great Climacteric”—first identified in the 1980s by geographers Ian Burton and Robert Kates—a long period of crisis and transition in which human society will either generate a stable relation to the Earth System or will experience a civilizational collapse, as part of a great die-down of life on earth, or sixth extinction.47 The future of civilization, viewed in the widest sense, demands that humanity collectively engage in an ecological and social revolution, radically transforming productive relations, in order to … Continue reading The Dawn of Another Age: The Communian

Start of China’s global environmental journey: 1972 Stockholm Conference

The Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, in June 1972, was the first major United Nations event featuring the People’s Republic of China. It helped shaped the country’s understanding of environmental issues ever since. Next month, China is set to host a major UN environmental conference, after a delay of more than a year due to Covid-19. The 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15), to be held in Kunming from Oct 11-15, will not be the first UN environmental talks hosted by China. But since COP15 has the mission of reaching a global agreement on … Continue reading Start of China’s global environmental journey: 1972 Stockholm Conference

Springer Nature: Beijing tops first in Nature Index 2021 Science Cities

Editor’s note: During the 2021 Zhongguancun Forum, which is held in Beijing from September 24 to 28, 2021, CGTN spoke to China President of Springer Nature Niels Peter Thomas to discuss how Chinese scientific research has become more pronounced on the world stage over  the past two decades. Springer Nature is a leading research, educational and professional publisher, which owns high-profile scientific journal Nature. Beijing tops the Nature Index 2021 Science Cities list for contributing the most to scientific advancement, China President of Springer Nature Niels Peter Thomas said at the 2021 Zhongguancun Forum on Saturday, attributing this to the success … Continue reading Springer Nature: Beijing tops first in Nature Index 2021 Science Cities

Tides of Change II: China’s efforts in offshore wind power crucial for carbon neutrality

Daishan No.4 Wind Farm in in Zhoushan City, east China’s Zhejiang Province. /China General Nuclear Power Corporation Among China’s arduous efforts to honor its commitment to peaking carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, developing offshore wind power, one of the key technologies to meet the goals, is of great significance.  According to a report released by the Global Wind Energy Council on Thursday, China led the world in new offshore wind installations in 2020, for the third year in a row. The global offshore wind industry installed 6.1 gigawatts (GW) of capacity last year, … Continue reading Tides of Change II: China’s efforts in offshore wind power crucial for carbon neutrality