US president Barack Obama will make his first official visit to China in November, seeking to foster collaboration on the environment, renewable energy and other topics, Bloomberg News reported, quoting the new US ambassador, Jon Huntsman.
The Chongqing Green Volunteers Union dropped its petition for “administrative reconsideration” of projects on the Jinsha River in Yunnan province, saying the majority of its goals had been achieved, according to the China Economic Times. The case was the first instance of a civic environmental group using China’s legal system to pursue its aims.
Two government research institutes plan to set up an extensive project to model the effects of climate change on the regions and ecosystems on the Tibetan plateau, Xinhua reported.
Glaciers in China’s Yulong Mountains are melting at an unprecedented rate because of global warming, Science and Technology Daily said.
China’s State Council warned of overcapacity in emerging sectors such as wind power, saying the country would move to guide such development, according to Xinhua.
As much as three million tonnes of oil may be saved annually by banning China’s retailers from providing free plastic bags to shoppers, Bloomberg News reported, citing the National Development and Reform Commission.
Lawmakers in China warned of a “grave hidden peril” of epidemic animal disease because of inadequate monitoring facilities and a complex international environment, according to Xinhua.
China published a list of “model” energy-saving designs for electric and hybrid cars, chosen from among five companies that are likely to be selected for future industry subsidies, the 21st Century Business Herald said.
Amid a drive to protect the environment of the Sanjiangyuan nature reserve, almost 50,000 nomadic herdsmen have settled down in brick houses on the Tibetan plateau in the past four years, Xinhua said.
Tougher guidelines on use of China’s natural resources have won formal approval, Caijing reported. They are due to take effect on October 1.
In the Gobi desert, work began on China’s largest solar-energy project, according to Xinhua.
China backed down on accusations that American soft-drink giants PepsiCo and Coca-Cola are major water polluters after the companies disputed their inclusion on a Beijing environmental watch list, Agence France-Presse reported.
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China for the first time commits to a phase out of its domestic ivory industry, but illegal trading and poaching means African elephants and rhinos remain under grave threat