To break the deadlock in UN climate talks, developing countries need to contribute concrete plans to reduce carbon emissions, China’s top climate-change official told The Guardian. Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, said the best chance of progress at upcoming talks in Durban, South Africa, was for developed countries to draw up a “Kyoto 2” plan, a second phase of the Kyoto protocol.
Xie’s move highlights China’s attempt to take on a new leadership role in climate negotiations by bridging the gulf between rich and poor countries, The Guardian said. With the first Kyoto commitment phase due to expire next year, Xie called on emerging economies to bring forward national plans that would show developed countries that they are willing to reduce emissions growth.
Top Chinese refiners have bought about 320,000 tonnes of diesel to cover domestic shortages of the fuel, Reuters reported traders as saying. The rare purchases by the world’s second-largest economy are expected to squeeze an already tight market. Government planners were reported to have asked state oil companies to beef up diesel supplies to meet a seasonal spike in demand.
China announced it will phase out incandescent light bulbs within five years in an attempt to make the country more energy efficient, according to Sohu.com. The gradual elimination of the bulbs is to begin in October 2012, with an initial ban on imports and sales of bulbs of 100 watts or greater.
Non-ferrous metal factories not approved by environmental protection authorities in Hunan province were ordered to close by the end of this year, Sohu.com said, following an investigation of seven areas along the Xiang River. Pollution from Hunan’s rich reserves of non-ferrous metals has been poorly managed, especially along the Xiang, one of China’s rivers most contaminated by heavy metals.
Kia Motors, South Korea’s second-largest automaker, plans to build a third manufacturing plant in China by 2014, to help meet growing demand in the world’s fastest-growing car market, Reuters reported. To be situated in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, the plant will be capable of producing 300,000 cars annually.
Warning that failure to protect endangered wild tigers would have economic and social repercussions, Interpol – the international police organisation – launched Project Predator, a campaign to coordinate the global fight against poaching of the animals, PhysOrg.com said. The effort is designed to help coordinate efforts of police, customs and wildlife officials in the 13 countries that are home to the iconic species, including China, India, Nepal and Vietnam.
China is looking to develop its woody plants industry, Xinhua quoted a forestry administration official as saying. The food and edible oil extracted from such plants, Zhao Shucong noted, plays a “strategically important role in ensuring the country’s food security”. With more than 200 types of woody plants, China has a long history of growing food-producing trees, including tea, walnut, chestnut, olive and Chinese date.
China accounts for almost half of the world’s new-build of nuclear reactors but recent delays, cost overruns and safety scares are challenging the country’s plans for atomic energy, writes Paul Dorfman