Belt and Road: China to help Nicaragua build housing for thousands poor and working families

China has signed an agreement with Nicaragua to build thousands of homes for poor and working families, expanding an existing public housing program in the Central American nation. Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista government has signed a 3 year agreement with China to build thousands of homes for poor and working families, expanding the already existing Bismarck Martínez public housing program, Nicaraguan vice president Madam Rosario Murillo announced on January 28, 2022. Vice President Murillo said that “This is a major housing program across the country.”… The plan “will improve the situation of tens of thousands of families in 84 municipalities. Nicaraguans … Continue reading Belt and Road: China to help Nicaragua build housing for thousands poor and working families

China-Russia drive energy megaprojects

Gas as a ‘transition’ fuel for coal phase out China is shifting from coal to natural gas as part of its drive to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Lin Boqiang, dean of the China Institute for Studies in Energy Policy at Xiamen University recently said that gas was seen as an effective “bridge fuel” between coal and renewables for China. China’s annual gas consumption is expected to reach 620 billion cubic metres by 2040 according to Sinopec Group, one of the largest integrated energy and chemical companies in China. Dongsheng – News on China reports that China-Russia trade grew 35.8% in 2021, … Continue reading China-Russia drive energy megaprojects

Red Panda conservation in China

Red pandas (or lesser pandas) have long, fluffy striped tails like a raccoon, and faces and diets that resemble a giant panda’s, but they clean themselves like a cat. However, they are not raccoons, bears, or cats — they were until recently thought to be the only living species in a genus of their own (Ailuridae). However in recent years, scientists have determined that ther are actually two separate species – the Himalayan Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) and the Chinese Red Panda (Ailurus styani). Conservation:The Red Panda is a National Second-class Protected Species in China—with both hunting and trade prohibited.It is also listed in Appendix I of the … Continue reading Red Panda conservation in China

China to have unified electricity market system by 2025

China aims to initially build a unified electricity market system by 2025 to enable optimized power resource allocation in a wider scope and improve the stability and flexibility of the power system, according to guidelines released Friday (2022-01-28) “Efforts will be made to enhance the adaptability of the electricity market to a high proportion of new energy sources, and for the creation of innovate mechanisms to carry out green power trading pilot projects.” Under the system, the national market and provincial, regional markets will operate collaboratively, with significant improvements in cross-provincial and cross-regional market allocation of resources and green power … Continue reading China to have unified electricity market system by 2025

COVID-19 may have reached Europe as early as 2019: Norwegian study

[See CGTN: http://www.ecns.cn/…/2022…/detail-ihavfwhh0343767.shtml] New findings by Norwegian researchers show that the novel coronavirus could have arrived in Europe a month earlier than previously thought. This adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting the coronavirus was spreading globally before the first … Continue reading COVID-19 may have reached Europe as early as 2019: Norwegian study

Glacier retreat accelerates global chemical weathering

Chinese and foreign researchers have evaluated the global chemical weathering rates beneath glaciers for the first time, revealing temporal and spatial variations and influence mechanisms. Chemical weathering, also known as decomposition or decay, is the breakdown of rock by chemical mechanisms, and it usually changes the chemical composition of the rock through carbonation, hydration, hydrolysis or oxidation. Researchers from China’s Northwest University, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Pennsylvania State University collected the cation concentration data of 5,465 runoff samples from 77 glaciers worldwide and assessed the cation denudation rates (CDRs) of 10 global glacier regions and the Arctic and … Continue reading Glacier retreat accelerates global chemical weathering

China releases white paper on space program

BEIJING, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) — China issued a white paper on the country’s space program on Friday. The white paper was published by the State Council Information Office of China. Titled “China’s Space Program: A 2021 Perspective,” the white paper introduces China’s purposes, principles, policies and measures, and cooperative mindset in its space exploration. It summarizes China’s achievements in space science, space technology and space application. “The space industry is a critical element of the overall national strategy, and China upholds the principle of exploration and utilization of outer space for peaceful purposes,” the paper says. The major achievements in … Continue reading China releases white paper on space program

Global South Economic Alliance: China launches challenge to US hegemony

China is leading an international effort to develop alliances to counter U.S. hegemony. A new grouping of nations has been formed to promote China’s Global Development Initiative (GDI), and will complement China’s massive international infrastructure project, the Belt and Road … Continue reading Global South Economic Alliance: China launches challenge to US hegemony

China overtakes UK as world’s largest offshore wind power provider

China built three times as much offshore wind-farm capacity as the rest of the world put together during 2021 – and figures show wide disparities between European nations’ rates of wind farm construction Updated information from the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that during 2021, China provided more than three-quarters of the world’s added capacity in offshore wind-power generation. A global total of 10.5 gigawatts (GW) capacity was added, of which 8GW was in China. The IEA’s figures also show that only three European nations added offshore wind capacity during 2021: Denmark (0.6GW), the UK (0.5GW) and the Netherlands (0.4GW).  The … Continue reading China overtakes UK as world’s largest offshore wind power provider

Geothermal green heating part of China’s decarbonization plans

“China is adopting geothermal because geothermal district heating is by far the most economic means of heating available … It also answers China’s fundamental policy of carbon neutrality and combating air pollution.” City of Xian geothermal district heating The city … Continue reading Geothermal green heating part of China’s decarbonization plans