Ancient Earth moss as ‘pioneer plant’ for Mars ?

05/07/2024 CEN_net 0

A desert moss that can stand extreme drought and cold on Earth may serve as a pioneer plant on Mars and pave the way for human colonisation, according to a new study from China. Botanists and ecologists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have identified a plant that could one day be grown as a crop on Mars thanks to its ability to withstand harsh environments. The desert moss, Syntrichia caninervis, can survive […]

Dam shows potential of China-Kenya BRI partnership

25/06/2024 CEN_net 0

The Chinese-built Thwake Multipurpose Dam in Kenya is almost complete, and its commissioning later this year will pave the way for the country’s socio-economic transformation. The dam, located at the intersection of the rivers Thwake and Athi, in the south of Kenya, is constructed by China Gezhouba Group Co, is the pioneer project of China-Kenya joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the flagship project of the Kenya […]

Restoring China’s vanishing oyster reefs

14/06/2024 CEN_net 0

China has begun protecting and re-establishing its oyster reefs, one of the world’s most endangered marine habitats, but challenges remain. Naturally formed oyster reefs face a precarious existence, with around 85% of them having disappeared globally. China is no exception, and while the country has established special protected areas and rolled out restoration efforts for these reefs, results to date have been limited. Human factors, including overfishing, pollution and pollution-induced […]

What’s behind China’s shift to environmental diplomacy?

13/06/2024 CEN_net 0

CHINA’S infrastructure investments across the Global South are well documented. Less well known, however, is China’s turn to environmental diplomacy. Amid rising geopolitical tensions and hard-power politics, China is also leveraging soft power. This shift is marked by environment- and development-focused initiatives, such as the BRI Green Development Coalition in 2017 and the Global Development Initiative in 2021. Both align with President Xi Jinping’s intention to “build a global ecological […]

China agriculture’s invaluable lessons

17/05/2024 CEN_net 0

Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change says China’s sustainable agricultural practices offer valuable lessons China is leading the charge in sustainable agriculture, balancing high productivity with eco-friendly practices. The country’s innovative farming methods offer valuable lessons for other Global South countries looking to improve their agricultural systems. Sustainable farming practices are increasingly gaining attention as countries strive to address the challenges posed by climate change and ensure food security. Many developing […]

China’s new water conservation rules

14/05/2024 CEN_net 0

On March 20, 2024, the State Council of China issued the “Regulations on Water Conservation”, which is the first national-level regulations on water conservation in China. The Regulations will take effect on May 1, 2024. The regulations determine rules on water use management, including setting water use quotas for major crops, industrial products and service sector, controlling annual water use amounts within administrative regions, and restricting water-intensive projects in regions with severe […]

Dangerous heat wave envelops East Asia

04/05/2024 CEN_net 0

Heat wave is affecting hundreds of millions of people across East Asia (including China) and South East Asia A punishing heat wave is affecting hundreds of millions of people across East Asia (including China) and South East Asia, with monthly and all-time temperature records falling repeatedly. And the heat shows no signs of slowing. The heat, exacerbated by climate change, is proving relentless and fatal in many areas. Studies on […]

China bio-regions reshaped by climate change

27/04/2024 CEN_net 0

Chinese study shows climate change impact on China’s dry–wet transition zones Climate change is significantly altering bioclimatic environments in China’s dry–wet transition zones, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Hydrology. The research conducted by scientists from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the UK Met Office and Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, addresses the challenges of assessing climate change impacts on vegetation […]

Extreme weather hits south and east Asia

27/04/2024 CEN_net 0

This extreme weather comes as the World Meteorological Organization published a report warning that climate change is causing major repercussions across Asia. SOUTHERN CHINA HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLOODING INTENSE HEATWAVE ACROSS SOUTH AND EASTERN ASIA. Source: Carbon Debrief, Apr 26, 2024.

Extreme heat and global climate

12/04/2024 CEN_net 0

Published 2022/08/24 What does extreme heat tell us about global climate? China recently braved its strongest heatwave. Europe is also suffering from heatwaves and the worst drought in 500 years. What’s behind the high temperatures? And what does this extreme heat tell us about global climate change? What is going to be the impact on agriculture and food security? Charles Liu – Founder of Hall Capital & Senior Fellow, Taiho […]