Professor Jeffrey Sachs on COVID-19: I’m pretty convinced it came out of US lab biotechnology

World-renowned economist and author Professor Jeffrey Sachs has said that he was “pretty convinced” Covid-19 did not come from nature but rather was an accidental release “out of US lab biotechnology.” Professor Sach’s view lends further support for the need for an independent international invesigation into US bio labs run by the US military in numerous nations surrounding China and Russia. [** See previous China Environment Net articles linked below]. Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who for two years chaired the Covid-19 commission established by the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, has said he is convinced that the deadly virus did not … Continue reading Professor Jeffrey Sachs on COVID-19: I’m pretty convinced it came out of US lab biotechnology

China draws on markets for $10 billion to strengthen its clean tech supremacy

Three Chinese electric vehicle battery and material companies are tapping investors for more than $10bn in new funding as the country cements its dominance over global clean tech supply chains. The combined fundraising by the three Chinese groups — CATL, Tianqi Lithium and Huayou Cobalt — eclipsed the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent by Washington and US allies including Australia and South Korea to chip away at China’s supremacy in the sector. Foreign investors were keen to participate. JPMorgan, Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Macquarie and HSBC all grabbed a slice of the share sale, accounting for about 32 per … Continue reading China draws on markets for $10 billion to strengthen its clean tech supremacy

China’s wind and solar potential nine times that needed for carbon neutrality

In September 2020, China pledged to peak its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030 and achieve “carbon neutrality” by 2060. In a new study, published in Carbon Neutrality, Drs Qingchen Chao and Wang Yang at the National Climate Center of the China Meteorological Administration explore … Continue reading China’s wind and solar potential nine times that needed for carbon neutrality

Chinese e-vehicle battery enables 1,000-km journey on single charge

China’s leading automotive lithium-ion battery maker, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL), revealed on Thursday a new battery that provides electric vehicles with a driving range of over 1,000 km on a single charge. With the third generation of cell-to-pack (CTP) technology, the battery named Qilin, or CTP 3.0 battery, has a volume utilization efficiency of 72 percent and an energy density of up to 255 Wh/kg for ternary battery systems, giving it the highest integration level in the world, according to CATL. The battery is named after a legendary creature named “Qilin” in Chinese mythology. By directly integrating cells … Continue reading Chinese e-vehicle battery enables 1,000-km journey on single charge

Cuba and China announce patent for new Pan-Corona vaccine

Cuba and China announce patent for new Pan-Corona vaccine, aiming to protect against future Covid-19 variants several related viruses. The China-Cuba research center in Yongzhou (Hunan province), led by Cuban scientists from the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, developed the … Continue reading Cuba and China announce patent for new Pan-Corona vaccine

China’s first international journal on grassland science starts publication

China’s first international academic journal on grassland science has begun publication, highlighting the roles of grassland science in sustainable development, according to Lanzhou University. Grassland Research is co-sponsored by the Chinese Grassland Society and Lanzhou University. It publishes forefront research on rangelands, forages and sown pastures, as well as amenity grassland and ecosystems, said Lanzhou University. The first issue of Grassland Research has been published online with seven articles by authors from 10 countries. The journal has three major sections: rangeland, forage and turf, and ecosystems. It publishes academic articles on study results, overviews and opinions on all aspects of … Continue reading China’s first international journal on grassland science starts publication

Farmers in China use salt-tolerant wheat to increase output in barren land

Farmers in China have harvested salt-tolerant wheat in fields used to be barren as harvesting season starts. Varieties of salt-tolerant wheat have been specifically designed to grow in saline and alkali soils, as soluble salts such as sodium, calcium affect crops output. Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have designed new cultivars that can grow in saline and alkali soils and are drought-resistant. Some areas in Cangzhou (Hebei) have seen increased annual output after it cultivated salt-tolerant varieties of wheat. These areas lack freshwater and have long struggled with saline soils, with crops yielding less than 200 kilograms … Continue reading Farmers in China use salt-tolerant wheat to increase output in barren land

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

China to improve national wildlife protection

China will have 75 percent of its wild animals and 80 percent of its wild plants on land under the national key protection system by 2025, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration said. So far, the national key wildlife protection rate has risen to 74 percent, up from 71 percent last year, the administration said. Its announcement took place on Sunday to coincide with the International Day for Biological Diversity, the theme of which this year was “Building a shared future for all life”. The administration said that China’s achievements in protecting wild animals can partly be attributed to releasing … Continue reading China to improve national wildlife protection