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Criticisms of BRI: A Middle East view

Criticisms of BRI are ‘absurd, malign and unfair mischaracterisations’ Published2022/06/10 Contrary to Western view, the Belt and Road Initiative is not some form of Chinese “offensive”, much less an insidious instrument of Chinese expansionism. In the following article, Sholto Byrnes writing in the United Arab Emirates newspaper The National, looks at at the nature of […]

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Water imbalance in Third Pole

Water imbalance in Third Pole to pose “great challenge to water resources in downstream regions” – scientists Published2022/06/09 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 […]

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China salt-tolerant wheat increases output

Farmers in China use salt-tolerant wheat to increase output in barren land Published2022/06/08 Farmers in China have harvested salt-tolerant wheat in fields that 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 […]

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Urbanization and county economy in China

Published2022/05/23 Why is China focusing on county towns for this urbanization phase? From mega cities to integrated urban-rural life. Recently, China has issued guidelines for urbanization with a focus on county towns, which is an important part of China’s five-level administration (including provinces, prefecture-level cities, counties, townships, and villages). Half of China’s population lives in […]

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Ancient forest discovered in remote China sinkhole

Published2022/06/18 Watch 2 beautiful videos below. Chinese scientists from the Institute of Karst Geology of the China Geological Survey have uncovered a “lost world” at the bottom of a massive sinkhole in China. The cave exploration team discovered a giant karst sinkhole in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, bringing the number of such sinkholes […]

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China leads in offshore wind power

Published2022/06/16 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 […]

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Quantifying national responsibility for excess global CO2 emissions: US worst offender

Published2022/06/14 A key study published in September 2020 by the highly respected medical journal The Lancet provides a key to understanding the response to reducing global carbon emissions in terms of environmental justice. The article details a method for quantifying national responsibility for damages related to climate change by looking at national contributions to cumulative CO2 emissions in excess […]

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China: national soil survey to protect arable land

Published2022/08/07 After rapid development and intensive farming, China is to carry out a new national soil survey to help with its food security and carbon targets. Black soil in North East China is some of the most fertile in the world, but the has been damaged by over-cultivation says Chinese Academy of Sciences. China Dialogue (August […]

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Lessons from China’s farmers in green growth transformation: FAO

Published2023/05/26 China’s experiences of agriculture green growth have generated vital lessons for farmers nationally and globally, reveals a new series of reports from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Investment Centre. Featuring case studies of farmer empowerment and land regeneration throughout China, the series showcases how some of China’s 250 million […]

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Russia’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Published2023/06/20 Impact of climate change on farming and rural development for the Russian North In Russia climate change is generally not perceived or discussed only as a risk. On the contrary it is expected to have a positive effect on Russia’s farming sector. International scientists have also found that while climate change threatens to stunt agricultural […]