Indonesia and China have a rapidly growing ties

China’s growing role in Indonesia’s economy is now becoming a crucial source of growth for the two nations. China has emerged as the third largest source of investment in Indonsesia, just behind Singapore and Hong Kong SAR. The combined Hong Kong and Chinese mainland investments accounted for 25 % of the total overesas invbestment in Indonesia in 2021. This only behind Singapore which accounts for 30.2 % of overesas investment, and far above Japan at 7.3 % and the USA at 8.2 %. The rapid growth in Chinese investment is a recent phenomena which only took off in the period … Continue reading Indonesia and China have a rapidly growing ties

China breezes to the lead of offshore wind power race

China accounted for 80% of all new global offshore wind capacity in 2021. New offshore wind power capacity tripled worldwide in 2021, according to industry data, driven by China in a buildup that is transforming the industry. Last year, 21.1 gigawatts of offshore wind generation was commissioned last year, according to the Global Wind Energy Council, roughly equivalent to 21 nuclear reactors. The size of the expansion in 2021 alone accounts for about 40% of the total of 57.17 GW of offshore wind power to date. China is responsible for the bulk of this growth. The country commissioned 16.9 GW … Continue reading China breezes to the lead of offshore wind power race

Quantifying national responsibility for excess global CO2 emissions

The following extract is from an important study published 1 September 2020 by the highly respected medical journal, The Lancet. The article provides a key to understanding the response to reducing global carbon emissions in terms of environmental justice. It … Continue reading Quantifying national responsibility for excess global CO2 emissions

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

Joint venture manufactures Chinese wind turbines in Russia

In the Russia Federation’s Republic of Tatarstan, there are plans to localise the production of wind turbines from China. The project participants include members of the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry. Companies from Russia and China interested in cooperation have set up a consortium called Architects of the Urals’ Wind, which together with Tatneft, a major oil and gas company based in Tatarstan. (Tatneft is the fifth largest oil company in Russia and the eighth largest listed company in Russia by market capitalization will explore the possibility of establishing licensed production of wind power equipment in Tatarstan). A roadmap … Continue reading Joint venture manufactures Chinese wind turbines in Russia

LNG plant blast cripples US gas exports

An explosion in the US state of Texas has knocked out 20% of USA’s l;iquified natural gas (LNG) export capacity for weeks. One of the largest US plants producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) for export has been damaged by an explosion and fire. The incident has forced the Texas Gulf Coast facility to cease operations in a move expected to impact European and Asian markets. “As a result of today’s fire, Freeport LNG’s liquefaction facility is currently shut down and will remain shut down for a minimum of three weeks,” the company announced on Wednesday night, providing no further details. Earlier in the … Continue reading LNG plant blast cripples US gas exports

Water imbalance in Third Pole to pose “great challenge to water resources in downstream regions” – scientists

Rapid climate warming has caused water imbalances in the Third Pole region, leading to greater water demand in densely populated downstream countries, according to a new study. With the largest global store of frozen water after the Antarctic and Arctic, the Third Pole region, located in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is home to headwaters of over ten major Asian rivers. It has been known as the “Asian Water Tower” for providing a reliable water supply to almost 2 billion people. But an article published this week in the journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment says that the region has gotten out … Continue reading Water imbalance in Third Pole to pose “great challenge to water resources in downstream regions” – scientists

China to step up efforts to control ‘new chemical pollutants’

“New pollutants” refer to pollutants that pose risks to the environment or human health, but are not managed yet or cannot be managed through existing measures so that the risks are contained. These include various toxic chemicals including persistent organic pollutants, endocrine disrupting chemicals and antibiotics. By the end of 2022, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment will publish China’s first list of “new pollutants” for priority control, according to an action plan released by the State Council on 26 May 2022. China Dialogue reports that “by the end of next year, the ministry should complete its first round of environmental risk … Continue reading China to step up efforts to control ‘new chemical pollutants’

China leverages fiscal policies to spur decarbonization

BEIJING — China’s Finance Ministry unveiled a guideline on Monday further leveraging the role of fiscal policies to achieve the country’s carbon peaking and carbon neutrality goals. By 2030, a fiscal and taxation system that is conducive to green and low-carbon development will be basically established to achieve the goal of peaking carbon emissions, according to the guideline released on the website of the Ministry of Finance. The system of fiscal policies to support green and low-carbon development will be mature and complete before 2060 to help realize the carbon neutrality goal, the guideline says. The ministry calls for building … Continue reading China leverages fiscal policies to spur decarbonization

Microplastics discovered in frozen remote Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in China

The discovery of microplastics on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau has led to unexpected revelations and shed light on the global transmission of pollutants. A new study analyzing these tiny particles on the plateau and in other key regions found that microplastics pose a threat even to remote cryospheric (frozen) regions, according to the Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources (NIEER), which is part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. “A copious amount of microplastics found on glaciers in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau indicate they are transported over long distances from surrounding areas subject to heavy human emissions of pollutants,” said Zhang Yulan, … Continue reading Microplastics discovered in frozen remote Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in China