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  • China's growth engine stutters as factories slow down

    CHINA, 2018/01/02 Crackdown on air pollution and slump in property market have hit industrial output, official figures show. Increase in China’s manufacturing sector slowed in December as a punishing crackdown on air pollution and a cooling property market start to weigh on the world’s second-major economy. The data supports the view that the Chinese economy is beginning to gradually lose steam next growing by a estimate-beating 6.9% in the initial nine months of the year. However, signs of a sharper slowdown – a major fear part world investors – have from presently on to materialise.
  • Aluminium Capacity Cuts Announced in China’s Shanxi Province

    CHINA, 2017/10/26 The world aluminium market continues to be cautiously optimistic in the face of news from the People’s Republic of China that capacity cuts have been announced for cities outside the country’s 26+2 program. According to a notice posted Sunday on a local government website, administrators in the western Shanxi province city of Lüliang will any minute at this time be initiating mandatory seasonal alumina production cuts.
  • UN environment chief urges China to do more on climate

    CHINA, 2017/08/12 The world’s biggest polluter China has a “large job” ahead of it in the world fight against climate change, the UN’s environment chief said on Wednesday. Since US President Donald Trump’s decision in June to quit the Paris agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Beijing has proclaimed its willingness to stick to the pact. Analysts say the US move gives China an opportunity to establish its credibility and strengthen its diplomatic clout ahead of next negotiations.
  • China energy regulator raises targets for curbing coal-fired power

    CHINA, 2017/08/03 China's energy regulator on Monday said it was raising its targets for curbing coal-fired power capacity over the next few years, as the world's No.2 economy continues its drive against pollution. The National Energy Government (NEA) said in a statement on its website that the country would cut 20 gigawatts of outdated capacity between 2016 and 2020, in addition to its before goal of reining in coal-fired power projects set to be built or currently under construction by 150 GW.
  • Greentech building Japan Sekisui House: Building by example with zero-energy housing

    HONG KONG, 2017/03/04 Leading the greentech building revolution is Japanese firm Sekisui Home, the world’s number one constructor of zero-energy houses, whose CEO was the only private sector representative to take part in a roundtable discussion on Low-carbon and Affordable Buildings at the COP22 U.N. Climate Change Summit in November Innovative Japanese-made products have made Japan a world leader in environmental technologies, from top selling green vehicles like the Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf, to energy-saving paint developed by companies like NCK. Presently you may be familiar with zero emission vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, but what about zero-energy houses? As the name implies, a zero-energy home (ZEH) uses energy-saving technology and solar power to reduce net energy consumption to zero.
  • India should follow China to find a way out of the woods on saving forest people

    CHINA, 2016/07/23 There was a time at the same time as the area leading up to the village of Usku Dadjo in the national of Jharkhand, east India, was dense forest. But because residents did not have the right to manage their land, the forest was steadily degraded by outsiders. Presently, only sand and scrub remain. Last year, the community started to reclaim traditional lands using India’s groundbreaking 2006 Forest Rights Act. While the community has not from presently on received any response from the government, residents have put up signs asserting their right to the land. The struggle of communities like Usku Dadjo is linked to world efforts to conserve forests, reduce poverty and achieve development with dignity for marginalised people.
  • Japan donates meteorological equipment to Mozambique

    JAPAN, 2016/03/26 Japan has donated meteorological equipment to the National Institute of Meteorology of Mozambique in order to increase its capacity to monitor, estimate and prepare weather warnings, at an event held Wednesday in Maputo. The equipment, costing an estimated US$100,000, includes equipment for calibration of barometers and thermometers, and its delivery was witnessed by the Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.
  • A room where elephant tusks and rhino horns are kept in Harare

    CHINA, 2016/01/06 Zimbabwe is to increase the export of wildlife, including elephants, to China, the environment minister says.
  • China takes the lead in new climate change paradigm

    CHINA, 2015/12/03 What happens in China is central to the world effort to limit the extent of next climate change. China is by presently the major emitter of greenhouse gases by far, even as it continues its process of urbanisation and economic modernisation. Under a traditional model of energy-intensive economic increase fed by fossil fuels, this would thwart the world’s chances of keeping climate change at levels considered relatively safe.But a new paradigm of low-carbon economic increase could be the answer. Consistent with China’s own national interests, this paradigm emphasises technology and is driven in large part by concerns other than climate change. In the lead-up to the UN’s 2015 climate change conference in Paris, China has taken a world leadership position on climate change policy. China’s submission to the Paris negotiations still urges developed nations to do additional on climate change. But it as well says that China ‘will promote world green low-carbon transformation and development path innovation’.
  • Eco-solutions for a sustainable Asia

    JAPAN, 2015/12/02 Asia is a large family that varies across and within its regions, with a plethora of systems all bumping against one an extra. But one thing Asia’s constituents have in common is the challenge posed by the transition to green increase. That challenge as well presents enormous opportunities. Japanese farmer Tepe Suzuki holds a duck in his organic heirloom rice field in the town of Isumi, Chiba province, east of Tokyo, Japan, 15 July 2008. Since the industrial revolution, world material wealth has dramatically expanded. Though the development paradigm has brought prosperity, it has caused severe environmental consequences, inclunding climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. The existing development paradigm is not just environmentally unsustainable and infeasible, but as well appears removed from the ultimate purpose of improvment— happiness.
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