Five models of peasant engagement in rural environmental protection – rural revitalization in China

Context The Central Document No. 1, released on 22 February proposed promoting green development of rural agriculture and further implementing the five-year action plan to improve the rural living environment by 2025. Participation of the peasants determines the effectiveness of these goals. However, according to Wang Xiaoli and He Jianying, at present, peasants have a low level of participation in and low motivation for environmental governance. Summary The authors summarize their hands-on experiences and make suggestions for promoting effective peasant participation by combining the following five models. According to the authors, the treatment models they outline are still in the … Continue reading Five models of peasant engagement in rural environmental protection – rural revitalization in China

Gut bacteria make panda a chubby bamboo eater: Chinese zoologists’ find

It’s perhaps a sad story for those trying to lose weight. The giant panda stays a rotund figure despite being almost a vegetarian. Now, Chinese zoologists have found out why. The study published on Wednesday in the journal, Cell Reports, revealed that changes in the gut microbiota, the bacteria living in the gut, may play a part. The colony of a kind of probiotics expands in the season when nutritious newly sprouted bamboo shoots become available and it helps the bear store more fat, compensating for the hungry days when there are only fibrous bamboo leaves to chew on, according … Continue reading Gut bacteria make panda a chubby bamboo eater: Chinese zoologists’ find

Wildfires to increase by 50% by 2100: warns UN Environment Programme

Due to climate change and changes in land use, wildfires are predicted to rise by up to 14 percent by 2030, 30 percent by 2050 and 50 percent by the end of the century, according to a report published on Wednesday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal. The report, “Spreading like Wildfire: The Rising Threat of Extraordinary Landscape Fires,” says that wildfires and climate change are “mutually exacerbating.” Wildfires are made worse by climate change through increased drought, high air temperatures, low relative humidity, lightning, and strong winds resulting in hotter, drier, and longer fire seasons. At the … Continue reading Wildfires to increase by 50% by 2100: warns UN Environment Programme

China’s green transition: A feasible way of quitting coal

In September 2021 China announced that it would stop building coal-fired power projects abroad. The policy change could affect 44 plants costing a projected $50 billion across 20 countries in Asia, Africa, South America and Eastern Europe. Global Energy Monitor (GEM) estimates … Continue reading China’s green transition: A feasible way of quitting coal

China leads on clean energy transition but still more needed

Shared by China-Environment-News.com on Facebook Dongshen News reports that China is the global leader in installed solar (39% of total) and wind (36%) capacity, but progress in clean energy transition is needed to meet targets Criteria for reducing energy consumption (13.5%) and CO2 emissions (18%) per unit of GDP by 2025 may be insufficient if economic growth accelerates, but China can still help lead global climate governance, promoting green investment and providing low-carbon equipment. Read more: https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-is-china-living-up… Source: Dongshen News, No. 88 | 26.02.2022 CEN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2516109708443374/posts/4926624077391913/ Continue reading China leads on clean energy transition but still more needed

‘Full-on war mode’ to combat Hong Kong Covid-19 outbreak, with Beijing’s backing

Hong Kong is fighting a war against a wave of surging Covid-19 infections that have swamped hospitals, forced shutdowns across the city, and crippled daily life. Hundreds of medical staff from mainland China sent to treat Hong Kong Covid-19 patients after government invokes emergency law. Officials have put Hong Kong in “full-on war mode”, with help pouring in from mainland China that includes supplies to meet escalating local demand, construction teams to build makeshift treatment and isolation facilities, and medical professionals to staff them. The government has invoked emergency legislation to fast-track this kind of help from across the border, which would otherwise be … Continue reading ‘Full-on war mode’ to combat Hong Kong Covid-19 outbreak, with Beijing’s backing

Enough is enough – is the crisis in Ukraine the beginning of a new world order?

Re-published by China Environment from Friends of Socialist China, February 21, 2022. Introduction by Friends of Socialist China In this important article, originally published in the British left newspaper Morning Star, Belgian political analyst Marc Vandepitte assesses the crucial importance of … Continue reading Enough is enough – is the crisis in Ukraine the beginning of a new world order?

China rolls out independently built typhoon-resistant offshore wind turbine

Shared by China-Environment-News.com on Facebook The 13-megawatt typhoon-resistant offshore wind turbine independently developed by Dongfang Electric Corporation rolls off the production line in East China’s Fujian province on Feb 22, 2022. A 13-megawatt typhoon-resistant offshore wind turbine independently developed by Dongfang Electric Corporation rolled off the production line in East China’s Fujian province on Tuesday. The wind turbine has the largest single-unit capacity and the largest impeller diameter in Asia among all the current completed ones. It is also the first wind turbine of 10 megawatts or above that has completed production in China. And its localization rate has reached 90 … Continue reading China rolls out independently built typhoon-resistant offshore wind turbine

Mitigating global food waste: does China provide lessons to rest of the world?

The Chinese government has been firm and proactive in addressing the issue of food wastage in the country. The adoption of pertinent measures such as the Clean Plate Campaign spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, an initiative which seeks to mitigate food wastage and promote food security, and the passing of the anti-food waste law in 2021 at the session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee are all germane actions that indicate the Chinese government’s unflinching dedication to curb food waste in the country. But one may ask, why should China’s approach to addressing food waste be of interest to the … Continue reading Mitigating global food waste: does China provide lessons to rest of the world?

China outlines tasks to advance rural vitalization in 2022

China unveiled its “No. 1 central document” for 2022 on Tuesday, outlining key tasks to comprehensively push forward rural vitalization this year. As the first policy statement released by China’s central authorities each year, the document is seen as an indicator of policy priorities. Work on agriculture and rural areas has been high on the agenda for 19 consecutive years since 2004. The document called for efforts to stabilize and increase agricultural production, steadily raise farmers’ incomes, and ensure stability in China’s rural areas to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and other changes unseen in a century and promote sound … Continue reading China outlines tasks to advance rural vitalization in 2022