Why advanced countries must proportionately make the biggest cuts in carbon emissions – a factual briefing

Shared from: Learning from China, Published by John Ross, Senior Fellow, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China. The article was written in the context of the COP26 UN climate change conference in November 2021. Ross argues that … Continue reading Why advanced countries must proportionately make the biggest cuts in carbon emissions – a factual briefing

Why China is Building Africa’s Railways

SOURCE: The B1M, 20 October 2021 https://www.theb1m.com/video/why-china-is-building-africas-railways Africa is undergoing a railway renaissance – and it’s being built in large part by China. From Nairobi to Mombasa and Addis Ababa to Djibouti, China is financing, designing and constructing railways that are transforming Africa’s transportation infrastructure. These megaprojects are more than just impressive feats of engineering, passing through safari camps and the East African desert. They’re symbols of better connected societies, economic opportunity, international alliances, soft power, and a shifting balance in the world of construction. To understand why China is building railways in Africa, you have to rewind a bit. … Continue reading Why China is Building Africa’s Railways

China’s Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant to be the world’s largest

China – Russia nuclear power collaboration project China is rapidly expanding the safe use of nuclear power as the country steams toward an ambitious carbon neutrality goal. The Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant (Tianwan NPP), situated in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China, will be the world’s largest nuclear power plant by output. It is designed to have a safer and smarter performance using third-generation nuclear power technologies. The plant is being constructed with eight units in four phases. Four units of the plant are currently operational, feeding electricity into the power grid. The current expansion plan focuses on two new units of … Continue reading China’s Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant to be the world’s largest

China’s stance against backing coal abroad helps Cambodian clean energy

Around half of Cambodia’s electricity is currently generated from coal. China has a significant involvement in the Cambodian energy sector. Cambodia’s power system has proven highly adaptable over the past 20 years. At the turn of the century, only 17% of the population had access to the grid, and the system was three-quarters powered by fuel oil. By 2014, this had switched to nearly two-thirds hydropower, all of it built with Chinese involvement. Seven years later, Cambodia has a remarkably improved electrification rate of 93% . Plans approved after power shortages in 2019 catalysed a return to fossil fuels, which were expected to supply 75% of … Continue reading China’s stance against backing coal abroad helps Cambodian clean energy

Nine key moments that changed China’s mind about climate change

The following article from Carbon Brief gives a very detailed and useful summary of how the Chinese government’s attitude towards climate change, and its understanding of its own responsibilities, have changed over the last two decades. The article is quite long but is well worth the effort for those wishing to understand this important issue. Source: Friends of Socialist China October 26, 2021 Author: Jianqiang previously worked as China Dialogue’s Beijing editor and as an investigative reporter for China’s Southern Weekly newspaper. He has a masters degree in journalism from Tsinghua University. His books include Tibetan Environmentalists in China: The King of … Continue reading Nine key moments that changed China’s mind about climate change

China to peak CO2 emissions before 2030: West bears most responsibility for climate change

“The United States should be stumping up more than $43 billion a year based on cumulative carbon emissions, gross national income and population size.“ – Overseas Development Institute China has promised to peak its carbon dioxide emissions before 2030, in an upgrade of its climate change plans that comes just three days before the start of COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland. The revised plan submitted to the United Nations, known as a nationally determined contribution, formalises several pledges made by Chinese president Xi Jinping earlier this year and in 2020. The New Scientist magazine reported on 28 October 2021 that the announcement “commits China to … Continue reading China to peak CO2 emissions before 2030: West bears most responsibility for climate change

Lack of fund for poorest countries ‘biggest obstacle’ in climate talks – China

BEIJING: Establishing a fund to help poor countries tackle climate change will be “the biggest obstacle” during United Nations talks to try to curb global warming that begin in Glasgow on Oct 31, a Chinese environmental official said on Wednesday (Oct 27). The developed Western nations agreed in 2009 to establish a US$100 billion per year fund to help transfer technologies and minimise climate risks in the developing world, but progress has been slow. China Environment News commented on 17 December 2020 that: “At the last major round of UN climate change negotiations under the Paris Agreement held in Madrid in late … Continue reading Lack of fund for poorest countries ‘biggest obstacle’ in climate talks – China

China’s alternative to the Western liberal model of globalization

  An extract from Roland Boer’s book Socialism with Chinese Characteristics “What we are currently witnessing is a contest between two models of globalization – between “zero sum” and “win-win”. The former has been the dominant model ever since the era of European colonialism and the era of primitive capital accumulation through colonial plunder, slavery and domination of other parts of the world. By contrast, the Chinese model of “win-win” arises from a very different historical experience … a long historical emphasis on stability and harmony … [in which] as the old Chinese proverb has it, things that oppose each … Continue reading China’s alternative to the Western liberal model of globalization

China launches real-time glacier monitoring system

Yulong Snow Mountain and Glacier Park is a popular recreation area. It is a national park known as Yulong National Park (or Lijiang Yulong National Park) located in Yulong Mountain, in southwestern China. The Yulong Glacier is also a primary source of fresh water for Western China. Cable cars take tourists up and down the mountain, there is a cable to an observation platform sitting at 4,506 m with stunning views of the mountain. The more adventurous can continue hiking up to a second observation area at 4,680 m which provides better glimpses of the snowy summit at 5,596 m. … Continue reading China launches real-time glacier monitoring system

Rethinking Grid Integration and Carbon Neutrality in China

Prospects for a massive renewable power expansion to achieve carbon neutrality in China and beyond In achieving the goal of carbon neutrality in China, the problem is no longer the cost or feasibility of sufficient renewable generation, but rather the challenges it introduces into the grid because of its variability. There are many uncertainties about pathways to mid-century carbon neutrality in all major emitting nations, but one fundamental aspect is certain: they will require massive expansions of wind and solar power to displace coal- and gas-fired power. China Environment News recently reported on research by a Chinese-US team that found … Continue reading Rethinking Grid Integration and Carbon Neutrality in China