China adds 268 wild plant species to its protected list

Another 268 plants have been added to China’s List of Wild Plants under State Priority Conservation, highlighting the central authorities’ resolve to protect the country’s biodiversity. The list, released by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs on Wednesday, now covers 455 wild plants. Fifty-four species, including Pinus squamata (Qiaojia pine) and Taxus, are under top-level protection, with the other 401, including Fritillaria and Danxiaorchis (Danxia orchid), under second-level protection. The update is the first major revision to the list since its release in 1999, the administration said. It said 35 species have been removed from the list, mostly … Continue reading China adds 268 wild plant species to its protected list

Southeast Asia’s Most Ambitious Project: Kunming-Singapore Railway

The new Kunming-Singapore railway, a massive network of railways that is under-construction. The huge rail network will connect China, Singapore, and the rest of the mainland countries of Southeast Asia. Note, according to ASEAN Today : “Plans to build a … Continue reading Southeast Asia’s Most Ambitious Project: Kunming-Singapore Railway

China triples year-on-year New Energy Vehicle sales

New energy vehicle (NEV) ownership exceeds 6 million in China. The number of newly registered new energy vehicles in the first half of the year was a record high of 1.103 million, an increase of 774,000 units or 234.92 percent compared with the same period last year. Compared with the first half of 2019 the figure increased by 473,000 units, or 74.94 percent. China’s New Energy Vehicle Industrial Development Plan for 2021 to 2035 follows the Energy-Saving and New Energy Vehicle Industry Plan for 2012 to 2020 and aims to build a green, robust, and internationally competitive auto industry. It … Continue reading China triples year-on-year New Energy Vehicle sales