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    Weekly News Digest Climate Change in China September 22-29, 2008 ============================================================= September 22 Inner Mongolia
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      Weekly News Digest
      Climate Change in China
      September 22-29, 2008
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      September 22 Inner Mongolia Applies Technology to Overcome the Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Difficulties (Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region News)
      The technology administration of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region applied technologies to overcome the energy conservation and emission reduction difficulties. The technologies include using the surplus industrial heat, improving energy efficiency in mechanical usage and construction, using new energy, adopting industrial cleaner production system, and managing and re-using the three wastes.
      During the 11th five year plan, the region plans to launch thirty major technical energy conservation projects, select ten technical energy conservation demonstration sites, invent and promote thirty new applicable technology of improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions, and support twenty pilot enterprises which apply technologies in question. http://cnnews.nmgnews.com.cn/system/2008/09/22/010113919.shtml


      September 22 State Electricity Regulatory Commission Indicated the Electricity Price Adjustment for Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Achieved 2007 Goal
      The State Electricity Regulatory Commission issued the 2007 Electricity Price Regulation Report. It indicated that changes of electricity price have helped the energy conservation and emission reduction met the anticipated goal in 2007 in the following five aspects.
      First, the implementation of desulfurization electrovalence policy motivated utility companies to install the desulfurization facilities, which can efficiently reduced the sulfur dioxide emissions, because those companies can sell their electricity at higher price.
      Second, the disparity electrovalence policy has helped encourage the industrial to reform, escalation and enhance the energy efficiency.
      Third, the additional clause in energy electrovalence boosted the renewable energy development.
      Fourth, the policy of lowering price of electricity which generated from small coal-burning power plants has hastened their closing down.
      Fifth, the policy of different electrovalence at peak and off-peak hours, in the abundant and dry seasons has helped rearrange the time of using electricity and enhance the efficiency of using water resource.http://www.mei.gov.cn/industry/utility/news.jsp?cd=238135&edittime=2008-09-22


      September 23 Shaoxing: Effective Energy-saving Reduces Emissions Significantly (Xinhua Net)
      On September 18 and 19, Fan Jianping, the Deputy Director of the Provincial Department of Construction, led the expert group to Shaoxing to evaluate its 2007 energy saving achievement. The expert group thought that the Shaoxing municipal government attached great importance to saving energy, reducing energy consumption and implementing policy effectively. The experts also made comments and suggestions for specific problems and deficiencies.


      September 23 Mexico Will Host The Main Celebrations of "World Environment Day” Next Year
      United Nations Environment Program announced that the theme of the next "World Environment Day" will be “Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change.” The main celebrations will be held on June 5th, 2009 in Mexico. In response to climate change, Mexico has made various efforts in conserving biodiversity which include establishing a number of wild fauna and flora reserves, and protecting forests and water resources,

      September 24 Shanghai Held China Energy Conservation, Emission Reduction and Resource Utilization Forum ( Shanghai News)
      The National Resources Comprehensive Utilization Association held the 2008 China Energy Conservation and Reduction, Resource Comprehensive Utilization Forum during the third Chinese Environmental Protection, the Energy and the Resource Comprehensive Utilization International Exposition, which was held in Shanghai from September 23 -25.
      The forum mainly focused on presenting the technology development in energy conservation, resource comprehensive utilization, and sharing the successful experience in industries such as non ferrous mental, electric power, steel, coal, cement, sewage recycling, and clean technology.
      Besides, this exposition was cosponsored by the National Resources Comprehensive Utilization Association, the Shanghai Development and Planning Commission, and the Shanghai Economic Committee.
      http://info.machine.hc360.com/2008/09/24171651130.shtml


      September 24 Low-Carbon Fund Found the Opportunity to Support its Mission in China ( Soho Finance News)
      The Low-Carbon Fund announced that its business has already steeped into China and has cooperated with the China Energy Conservation Investment Corporation (CECIC).
      Their first research program will conduct survey on the products’ (which are composed by more than ten elements from China) carbon emission trail from supply chain.
      Another program is to find the prospect of low carbon emission technology. It includes helping British clean energy technology companies to settle in Chinese market through supporting hatchibator enterprises and developing Environmental Technology Industry Park.
      After the project, a company will be co-founded by the Low-Carbon Fund and CECIC. The company’s mission will be setting up a mechanism to label products’ carbon emission. It will provide business opportunities to new technology and related enterprises.
      http://union.china.com.cn/cjnews/txt/2008-09/24/content_2490076.htm


      September 25 Spain Plans to Plant 45,Million Trees to Fight Climate Change and Desertification
      The Spain Government plans to plant 45 million trees in the next four years to slow down the increasingly serious desertification caused by global warming. This large scale tree-planting program aims to reduce the amounts of carbon dioxide in the air. Carbon dioxide is one of the gases that cause global warming.


      September 25 United Nations Will Help Developing Countries Reduce Carbon Emissions Caused by Deforestation and Degradation
      On September 24, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UNDP and the UNEP launched a cooperation project at the UN headquarter in New York City. This project is designed to strength collaboration among the United Nations, donor countries, multilateral institutions and developing countries to reduce the carbon emission caused by deforestation and degradation in developing countries. The project will firstly support nine countries including: Bolivia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia.


      September 26 Chongqing Initiates Forest Tree Planting Project to Combat Climate Change (China Meteorological News Agency )
      On September 26, the leaders of Chongqing forest tree planting project, which aims to well-use the mountain resources and develop a livable city, hosted the project starting ceremony.
      The project is planned from 2008 to 2012. To 2010, 110 million acres of new forest trees and 100 million acres of low productive forest tress will be planted. The forest coverage rate will increase to 38 percent. It will also benefit the forest industry and enhance its total output to 250 trillion yuan.
      The urban forest coverage rate will also be largely promoted to thirty-seven percent. The urban area would be forest city at the national level; some counties would be forest city at the city level.
      http://www.cma.gov.cn/qxxw/xw/200809/t20080926_17925.html


      September 26 Emission Right Exchange Market Fasten the Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Mechanism Being Marketized (Xinhua News Agency)
      On September 25, the Tianjing Emission Right Exchange Company was established after Beijing Environment Exchange Company, and Shanghai Environment and Energy exchange company. People in this field pointed out that: apart from the national administrative order, finance and tax policy, the capital market for energy conservation and emission reduction is forming.
      According to Dai Xiansheng, the chairman of the board, the newly set-up exchange company will mainly focus on trading major pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, chemical oxygen which are mature items in the market. In the future, the company will also develop trading systems for trans-province pollutant trading, certificated emission reduction and energy conservation under the government permission.
      http://www.tj.xinhuanet.com/news/2008-09/26/content_14508168.htm


      September 29 Shandong Department of Fisheries and Oceans Set Up Its Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Goal
      Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Shandong has recently set up its energy conservation and emission reduction goal which is aimed to be achieved by 2010. The Department will promote new technologies for energy conservation, environmental friendly aquaculture, and upgrading fishing vessels. In addition, Shandong will also monitor marine pollution to make sure the industries realize the goal of energy conservation and emission reduction.


      September 29 The Fourth Reshaping of Environmental Assessment Tools for Sustainability Focus on Ecological Construction and Other Hot Spots
      The fourth Reshaping Environmental Assessment Tools for Sustainability foreum was held in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Macaofrom September 25th to 28th. The theme of this year is “ Live under the same sky - sustainable development of Guangdong,Hongkong and Macao.” The idea of sustainable development was introduced in various aspects such as ecological construction,energy saving and emission reduction, regional innovation and global climate change. Zhong Qin Li, from the South China Sea Branch of the State Oceanic Administration, stressed the importance of having sustainable development strategies, and proposed suggestions to solve environmental problems.



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      Weekly News Digest Climate Change in China October 13-16, 2008 ============================================================= October 13 China Made Progress in
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        Weekly News Digest
        Climate Change in China
        October 13-16, 2008
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        October 13 China Made Progress in Saving Energy and Reducing Emissions in the First Half of This Year
        This year is the key year of the "11th Five-Year Plan" energy-binding emission reduction targets. In the first half of the year, the national economy developed stably. In the meantime, it also made positive progress in energy conservation and emission reduction.

        Energy consumption and emissions of major pollutants per unit GDP continued declining. Statistics shows in the last two quarters, the national energy consumption increased 7.7%, and energy consumption per unit GDP declined 2.62 %, 1.08 % less than last year.

        National Development and Reform Commission analysis the reasons for energy consumption and pollutant emissions declination in per unit GDP. First, energy-intensive sectors fell back rapidly. Secondly, the output of the major energy-consuming products decreased. Thanks to the increasing government efforts, China made positive progress in energy conservation and emission reduction.

        http://energy.nmgnews.com.cn/system/2008/10/13/010122803.shtml


        October 13 The Wetland International Conference Will Be Held In Qin Lake
        From October 19-20, the representatives from five provinces, municipality in the middle and lower reaches of Changjiang River basin and World Wide Fund will get together in the Qin Lake Wetland Park in Jiangyan. An annual international conference, the 2008 Wetland protection in the middle and lower reaches of Changjiang River, theme as "protect the wetland, cope with global climate change" will be held then.
        Zhen Liu, the director of Qin Lake scenic spot management committee, said that the meeting would focus on "acknowledgment of global climate change, the ecosystem of Yangtze River's response and adaption to climate change, changes of wetland biodiversity, the importance of the wetland to the global climate change, and the establishment of the network to protect the Middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River.”
        http://www.njnews.cn/z1/ca980315.html

        October 14 The Fourth Environment and Development China (Internationally) Forum to Hold (China Economy Network)

        The Fourth Environment and Development China (Internationally) Forum will be held by Ministry of Environmental Protection and Chinese Academy of Social Science from October 18 to 19 in Beijing.

        Aiming at solving the present harsh environmental problems, this forum will focus on the topics of “Paying Attention to Climate Change, Advancing Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction, Preventing Air Pollution, and Promoting International Cooperation.” 3 sub-forums with specific themes on “Energy Conservation, Emission Reduction and Global Climate Change,” Technology of Controlling Air Pollution,” “New Technology and Trends of Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction” were also held during the same time.

        http://news.hexun.com/2008-10-14/109868440.html


        October 14 China and Britain Initiate Serial Activities of Co-Constructing Green Future in Sichuan Disaster Areas (Xinhua news)
        British consulate in Chongqing signed the agreement with Sichuan government on comprehensively initiating the serial activities of co-constructing green future in Sichuan disaster areas. The initiatives include elaborating on the green intelligence construction, rural financial reform as well as the effects of climatic change on biodiversity in Sichuan.

        On October 21st, environmental friendly taxi for 2012 London Olympic will be displayed in Chengdu.

        On October 31st, British and Chinese experts will hold a seminar on the research about the effect of climate change on biodiversity in Sichuan during the whole year, especially how the panda habitants and the local economy were influenced.

        From November 3 to 4, British prince Andrew, as a special representative of British international trade and investment Council, will negotiate with Sichuan government leaders on the topics of reconstruction in the disaster areas.

        This event will end with the Queen’s birthday reciprocal banquet held by Prince Andrew on November 4th.

        http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2008-10/14/content_10194001.htm


        October 15 Hemei Ceramics Is the Bellwether in Energy Saving
        Foshan Hemei Ceramics Co. Ltd., which is located in Guangdong, is a company of Fotao Group. Due to the industrial reform, many enterprises with great scale of production or well-known companies were closed down. However, Hemei was one of the three companies surviving in Shishan town. "What we do is following the government's direction of industrial development, prioritizing energy saving, environmental protection and social responsibility in production process. In the past, the company only met the lowest environmental protection standard, but now we aim to do the best." Said Xie Dahai, the incumbent executive director of Hemei enterprise

        http://house.sina.com.cn/decor/tc/2008-10-15/0902278020.html


        October 15 Banna Garden Built Closed CO2 Houses
        Recently, the closed carbon dioxide growth houses, built by the Biological Invasion Program of Banna Tropical Botanical Garden of the Department of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Ailan Mountain Ecological Station together, passed the final acceptance smoothly, and were put into use. The chamber was built for the control experiment research. The research is aiming to examine the evolution of invasive plant under the global climate changes, to develop appropriate measures limiting the spread of invasion scientifically, and to provide guidance for the restoration of ecosystems. Also, it provides a great research platform for control experiment in Ailao Shan.

        http://www.cas.ac.cn/html/Dir/2008/10/15/16/19/52.htm


        October 16 Latest Report: Climate Change Severely Influences Chinese Food Production (Beijing Youth Network)
        As World Grain Day ( October 16th ) arrives, 17 experts from Chinese Agriculture Academy of Science, Chinese Climate Change think tanks, the UN Intergovernmental Climate Change Commission, Shengyang Agriculture University and Inner Mongolia Agriculture University cooperatively compiled a report on Climate Change and Chinese Food Security, predicting that after 20 years, climate change will lead to lack of food in China. According to the present tendency, 2.5-3 centigrade degree rising of the national average temperature per year caused the continual decrease of three staple crops (rice, wheat, corn) output. Furthermore, due to the decline of agricultural water and cultivable land, the total food production level will drop 14%-23% from today's level.

        http://dycj.ynet.com/article.jsp?oid=44870937


        October 16 The award for Ten People and Enterprises Succeeded in Advancing Energy Conversation and Emission Reduction Accept Nomination (People News Network)
        The award for ten people and enterprises succeeded in advancing energy conservation and emission reduction is now accepting nomination. This award is launched by Chinese Environmental Protection Federation, which is subordinated from Ministry of Environmental Protection and Chinese Enterprise Newspaper Office.

        To ensure the credibility of nomination, an expert committee composed of experts from environmental protection, ecology and energy fields was set up.

        http://news.sohu.com/20081016/n260071461.shtml





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