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  • Tzu-Yi Hsu
    *Weekly News Digest* *Climate Change in China*** October 27-31, 2008 ============================================================= *October 27 **The **Logo**
    Message 1 of 5 , Nov 3, 2008

      Weekly News Digest

      Climate Change in China

      October 27-31, 2008

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      October 27 The Logo Of The Climate Change Centre Of China Meteorological Bureau Was Announced RecentlyChina Government Network

      In order to further expand the impact of Center on Climate Change of the China Meteorological Bureau and raise the awareness of climate change to all sectors of the community, the Center invited Central Academy of Fine Arts to design the logo for them.  The logo, which is beautiful, simple and full of culture, was announced in Asia-Europe culture, art and climate change workshop held in Beijing recently,

       

      http://news.hexun.com/2008-10-27/110512462.html

       

       

      October 27 China and Denmark Join Hands To Address Climate Change ( Xin Hua Network)

      The first "Sino-Danish Climate Change Forum," which focused on the global challenges brought by climate change and the implementation of corresponding programs, was held in Beijing in the past days. The forum was co-sponsored by National Development and Reform Commission and Royal Danish Embassy. The famous enterprises which participated in the forum, such as Dima Arco Architectural Designing Company and Denmark's Novozymes expressed that they would continue to strengthen the cooperation with China in clean energy technology and biotechnology industries to promote China's energy-saving development.

       

      http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2008-10/27/content_10261424.htm


      October 28 Nanning Advances the Effluent Reduction Process ( Gxnew network)

      In order to build an ecological city, the Environmental Protection Bureau in Nanning advances the process in effluent reduction, especially focusing on the problems of water pollution and the emission reduction plan in Fengshui District.

       

      For several years, Nanning's preformed very well in economic growth and environmental protection, including the overall decrease of water pollution through effluent reduction regulation, enhancement of treatment equipments for heavy-polluted industries, and improvement of environmental quality in urban area. 

       

      http://news.gxnews.com.cn/staticpages/20081028/newgx4906b470-1734324.shtml


      October 28 Prospective of Sino-Denmark Cooperation on Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction ( Xinhua News Network)

      The first Sino-Denmark Climate Change Forum was held in Beijing with the topic on climate change's global influence and countermeasures taken in certain areas. Some well-known Danish companies promised to strengthen the cooperation with China on clean energy technology and foster the development in industrial biology technology fields.

       

      This forum was collectively sponsored by National Development and Reform Commission and Danish Embassy. China and Denmark have a long history in environmental protection filed since six Chinese provinces have adopted Danish environmental protection programs so far.

       

      http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2008-10/28/content_10267042.htm

       

      October 28 2008 China: Rich Should Pay to Fight Climate Change (Washington Times)

      BEIJING (AP) - China said Tuesday richer countries should set aside 1 percent of their gross domestic product to help poorer nations fight global warming.

      China has long called on developed countries to shoulder what it says is their historic burden to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide that are chiefly responsible for causing a rise in global temperatures. But the latest remarks by a senior Chinese climate official were the first to propose specific demands on rich countries.

      "The funds that developed countries provide for developing countries to deal with climate change should represent approximately 1 percent of the GDP of the developed countries," said Gao Guangsheng, who heads the climate change office at the National Development and Reform Commission, China's top economic planning body.

       

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/oct/28/china-rich-should-pay-to-fight-climate-change-1/

       

       

      October 29 Promoting Energy Saving, Encouraging Outstanding Enterprises

      (China Economy Network)

      On August 3, Taizhou City of Jiangsu Province approved Energy Saving Monitoring Center of Taizhou City to change its name to Energy Saving Inspection Center of Taizhou City. In April this year, the government of Taizhou City appropriates 2 million yuan for the special funds of energy-saving and recycling economy to meet the annual energy goal and complete the project of eliminating high energy consumption equipments. The enterprises with amplified energy-saving management system will be given priority in funding.  The promulgation of this policy stimulates the enterprises to eliminate outdated technology and apply new technology to their production process.  

       

      http://news.hexun.com/2008-10-29/110609756.html

       

      October 29 China Formulates and Implements Environmental Protection Laws and Regulations in Many Fields to Adapt to the Climate Change (China Network)

      Press Office of the State Council published the white paper named "China's climate change policies and actions" on Oct. 29. The paper says that China has great achievements in implementing the policies and actions in China's agriculture, forests, natural ecosystems, water resources fields, and coastal and vulnerable areas.  As for preventing epidemic diseases, the state will further strengthen the monitoring and surveillance network, establish and improve the health security system.

      http://www.china.com.cn/news/2008-10/29/content_16682573.htm

       

       

      October 29 China Investigates Tainted Eggs in New Food Scare (Washington Times)

      BEIJING (AP) - Three more Chinese brands of eggs containing melamine were identified on Wednesday and leery consumers began avoiding the product, as a local government acknowledged that officials knew about the contamination for a month before it was publicly disclosed.

      Authorities in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou recalled a brand produced by a company based in the northern province of Shanxi. In Hong Kong, government said tests on two other brands found excessive amounts of melamine.

      No one has been sickened and it was not immediately clear how many eggs have been recalled.

      The widening problem has exposed the inability of Chinese authorities to keep the food production process clean of toxins despite official vows to raise food safety standards.

      In Beijing, egg sales dropped by at least 10 percent on Tuesday at the Xinfadi Wholesale Market, a major distribution center in the capital, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

       

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/oct/29/china-investigates-tainted-eggs-in-new-food-sca-1/

       

       

      October 30 Ningxia Province is in the Lead in Combating Climate Change ( Ningxia Daily)

      Ningxia is the only experimental zone dealing with climate change and also the first province to adopt the measure of dealing with climate change into the 11th-five-year plan. 

       

      Through a 3-year-long research conducted by Chinese and British scientists, an overview of Ningxia's climate change was pictured.  Scientists also evaluated the impact of climate change on staple production in Ningxia and proposed the adapting measures. 

       

      This research is collectively sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology of People's Republic of China, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK Department for International Development, accomplished by Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science, University of East Anglia in UK.

       

      http://www.xinhuanet.com/chinanews/2008-10/30/content_14781706.htm

       

       

      October 30 Vice Minister of Ministry of Environmental Protection: China Should Develop Low-Carbon Economy Based on Its National Condition ( Xinhua News Agency)

      Zhou jian, the vice minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection made a speech in the annual conference on the Sustainable Development of Chinese NGO.  He said that it is a global agreement to develop low-carbon economy; however, every country may has different strategies and timetables because of different conditions. 

       

      The long-term strategy should be based on the following aspects.  First, learning the idea of low-carbon economy, and launching the related policies promptly; second, improving self-innovation abilities on developing low carbon emission technologies and products; third, taking administrative measures to protect the development of the low carbon emission industries. 

       

      http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2008-10/30/content_10281466.htm

       

       

      October 31 French Official Praised China's Active Response to Climate Change (Xinhua Network)

      French secretary of state, Ruye, who is responsible for the European affairs, participated the World Regional Climate Change Summit held in Saint-Maol, France. He said in the news conference that China and other emerging countries had put many efforts on fight climate change, especially in technology adaption.  He thought that China had increased emphasis on sustainable development, and adjusted the economic development mode to meet the higher environmental standards.  It not only shows that China is moving to the right direction, but also reflects China's responsible attitude on this issue.

      http://www.chinataiwan.org/xwzx/hwkzhg/200810/t20081031_770461.htm

       

       

      October 31 Energy Saving and Emission Reduction Encourages Iron and Steel Industry Changes Business Model (China Hardware Network)
      The era for iron and steel industry expand its scale and consume enormous amount of resources has gone into history.  Now, the only way out is to implement the scientific view and change the direction of development.  First, we should improve the ability of cost control and promote energy-saving and pollution reduction; second, we must improve the ability of quality control to adapt to the market change. The Metallurgical Industry Association Expert Group of the National Association of Industry and Commerce had in-depth investigations and studies, they had made comments and proposals on how to save energy, reduce the cost and optimize the quality structure in the light of the current international and domestic iron and steel industry development status.

      http://news.trade.cn/wujin/2008/10/31/46267.shtml

       

       

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      *Weekly News Digest* *Climate Change in China*** November3 -7, 2008 ============================================================= *November 2** **Chinese
      Message 2 of 5 , Nov 10, 2008

        Weekly News Digest

        Climate Change in China

        November3 -7, 2008

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        November 2 Chinese Regulators Destroy Tons of Tainted Animal Feed (New York Times)
        SHANGHAI — Chinese regulators said over the weekend that they had
        confiscated and destroyed more than 3,600 tons of animal feed tainted with melamine, an industrial chemical that has contaminated food supplies in China and led to global recalls of Chinese dairy products.

        In what appeared to be China's biggest food safety crackdown in years, the government also said Saturday that it had closed 238 feed makers in a series of nationwide sweeps that involved more than 369,000 government inspectors.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/03/world/asia/03china.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin 


        November 3 Frequency Convertible Air Conditioner is the Optimal Choice for China's Energy-saving (Business Sohu Network)
        In many countries, saving energy from air-conditioner usage is important.  In recent years, a series of measures have been taken to encourage new air-conditioner products that use energy efficiently.  According to statistics, 76% of the countries have set up the minimum energy efficiency standards or logos that every product should meet; 19% of the nations have implemented the voluntary standards or logos. So far, 37 countries and regions including the European Union, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia and South Korea, have widely applied national energy efficiency rating logo to many products. 

        http://business.sohu.com/20081103/n260407278.shtml

         

         

        November 3 Climate Change May Significantly Affects China's Grain Production (Xin Hua Network)

        The result presentation of "The Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture in China" research project, carried out by Chinese and British scientists, was held in Beijing on October 31.  The research shows that if China does not take appropriate measures to adapt to climate change, climate change will affect China's future grain production.  Lin Erda, the Chinese expert, who is a researcher in China Agriculture Science Faculty, said that China will suffer from the adverse effects of climate change rather seriously than other developing countries.  The climate change will raise China's instability in grain production.  To strengthen scientific research in related fields, and enhance China's ability to adapt to climate change in agriculture is of great importance for China to ensure food security and maintain social stability.

         

        http://discover.news.163.com/08/1103/09/4PQKBNPV000125LI.html



        November 4 China and Britain Seek to Cooperate in Fighting Climate Change in Guangdong (Guangdong News Network)

        UK Department for International Development and National Development and Reform Commission of People's Republic of China arrived at Guangdong Province and had a discussion on the impact of climate change and adaption program, which is one of the collaboration programs in the field of climate change.   On Nov.3, the experts from the two counterparts and Development and Reform Commission of Guangdong Province, the Administration of Meteorology of Guangdong Province and the Administration of Water Resources of Guangdong Province, exchanged their views on how to enhance the local ability to monitor extreme climate disasters, to relieve disasters, to research on climate change, to evaluate the danger and impact of climate change.

        http://www.gd.chinanews.com.cn/2008/2008-11-04/8/85900.shtml


        November 4 Four Major Problems on Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction ( People News Network)
        Gu Binlin, the president of Tsuinghua University, pointed out four major problems that haunt energy conservation and emission reduction in the Fourth International Forum on Environment and Developing China.

        First, energy intensive and high pollution industries are proportionally high in domestic industries. 

        Second, current energy structure is not in favor of energy conservation and emission reduction, because the high-quality energy supply is in shortage. 

        Third, the domestic technology for energy conservation and emission reduction is relatively lagged behind other countries in the world.

        Fourth, the domestic policy and supervision system still need to be improved, especially in law, regulation and policy aspects. 

        http://business.sohu.com/20081104/n260435604.shtml


        November 5 Five Problems in Electricity Industry's Energy Saving and Emission Reduction WorkChina News Network

        China's power industry has achieved a remarkable success in energy saving and emission reduction.  However, there are still some problems, mainly in five aspects.   

        First, the effect of desulfurization facilities is limited and need to be improved.

        Second, the quality of coal used for generating electricity declined.  It affects the results of energy saving and emission reduction in power industries.  

        Third, the energy-saving and emission reduction efforts made by the small coal steam-electric plants and captive power plants remain to be strengthened. Fourth, current energy saving and emission reduction statistics are voluntarily reported by corporations, numbers may not updated and concise enough.    

        Fifth, the measure of applying market-based instruments to promote energy saving and emission reduction is not mature yet. 

         

        http://www.chinanews.com.cn/cj/kong/news/2008/11-05/1437398.shtml


        November 5 "Energy Saving, Emission Reduction, and Development in Hebei" Forum Opened (Xin Hua Network)

        A two-day "Energy Saving, Emission Reduction, and Development in Hebei" opened yesterday in Hebei Province.  Experts and scholars made an analysis of current situations in environmental protection and energy utilization in Hubei and explored the ways of saving energy and reducing emissions.  Hebei Province will speed up the implementation of major energy-saving projects. While actively competing for the national financial support, Hebei Province, at the same time, will supervise the allocation of the special funds for energy-saving projects all over the province, support energy-saving pilot projects, and aim to complete 100 energy-saving projects and start 100 projects in one year.

         

        http://www.he.xinhuanet.com/news/2008-11/05/content_14835966.htm


        November 6 Prestigious University Students Debated about Global Climate Change ( People News Network)

        The first invitation competition on Mimic Climate Change Conference was rounded off on Nov. 3 in Wuhan University.  18 contestants from 9 prestigious universities including National University of Singapore, Peking University, Tsuinghua University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Wuhan University, hotly debated climate change issues. Based on different groups' interests, each representative proposed the specific plan on carbon emission reduction across the world.

         

        At the end, Hu Shuguang, from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wang Chao, from Nanjing University, Du Jun, from Wuhan University, respectively got "The Best Manner Prize," "The Most Eloquent Prize" and "The Most Potential Prize."  Two girls from Tsuinghua University earned the first prize for their outstanding carbon emission reduction plan, strong academic background and extraordinary eloquence.

         

        http://news.sohu.com/20081106/n260477786.shtml

         

        November 6 Development and Reform Commission of People's Republic of China Explains China's Policy and Action towards Climate Change ( People News Network)

        Xie zhenhua, the deputy director in Development and Reform Commission of People's Republic of China, explained the white paper of China's Policy and Action towards Climate Change to the media.

         

        The white paper issued today consists of 8 chapters, that is, the climate change and Chinese national conditions, the influence of climate change to China, the strategy and goal to fight climate change, the policy and action to slow down climate change, the plan to raise the public awareness and participation, the emphasis on international cooperation on fighting the climate change, and mechanism building for fighting climate change. 

         

        In addition, it comprehensively introduces China's efforts on fighting climate change, the achievement of implementing National Plan on Fighting Climate Change and the standpoint of Chinese government on reacting to the climate change.

         

        http://news.qq.com/a/20081106/002069.htm


        November 7 China Developed Low-carbon Economy to Promoted Energy Saving

        (People Network)  

        "Low-carbon economy" is defined as low energy consumption, low pollution based economy.  In the backdrop of global climate change, the idea of "low-carbon economy" has been increasingly encouraged all over the world.

        China's rapid economic growth in recent decades has made it now facing energy, resources and environment problems.  Thus, the development of low-carbon economy and the promotion of energy saving have become the top priority for Chinese Government.  Currently, the technologies of solar energy, hydrogen energy and wind energy have achieved a breakthrough.  Electric ties from them can also be generated at a market scale.  The growth of the proportion of renewable energy has exceeded the overall growth of energy consumption.

         

        http://energy.people.com.cn/GB/8297793.html


        November 7 Wen Jiabao Presented at the Technology Development to Address Climate Change Seminar (China Network)

        Wen Jiabao, stressed in the speech at Technology Development and Transfer to Address Climate Change High-level Seminar: China must strengthen the international technological cooperation to deal with climate change.  He said that China is in the phase of rapid development and industrialization, however, its per capital greenhouse gas emission is less than one-third of those developed countries'.  Now China faces multi-pressure of economic development, poverty eradication and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Wen Jiabao pointed out that Chinese Government is always a responsible manner, attaching high importance to the issue of climate change.  At the end, he also said that science and technology are decisive in effectively dealing with climate change.  Consequently, China must adhere to address climate change relying on technological progress .

        http://www.china.com.cn/news/txt/2008-11/07/content_16731149.htm


        November 9 China Wants West to Fund Its Cleanup (Washington Post)

        BEIJING| China is trying to persuade rich nations to finance its fight against climate change just as the developed world is tightening its purse strings.

        The Chinese government used a two-day conference in Beijing, which ended Saturday, to trumpet proposals for rich economies to devote up to 1 percent of their gross domestic product to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

        "The developed countries have a responsibility and an obligation to respond to global climate change by altering their unsustainable way of life," Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao told representatives of 76 nations.

        China has been quick to grab the initiative in global climate change talks, wary of pressure over its own ballooning emissions.

        http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/nov/09/china-wants-west-to-fund-its-cleanup/ 
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        *Weekly News Digest* *Climate Change in China*** November10-14, 2008 ============================================================= *November 11 **Climate
        Message 3 of 5 , Nov 17, 2008

          Weekly News Digest

          Climate Change in China

          November10-14, 2008

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          November 11 Climate Change Affects Northeastern Grain Production (China Climate Network)

          With the rate of climate variability increases, the outputs of soybean, corn and spring wheat declines significantly, which also affects the stability of the harvest.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated that by 2100, the range of temperature increase in northeastern China will be higher than global average level by 2100.  Recently, Jin Zhiqing, the researcher from the Agricultural Resources and Environmental Institute of Jiangsu Agriculture Science Faculty, led the project team to research and conduct a quantitative survey on climate change and its impacts on grain production.  He also proposed the solutions at the same time. 

           

          http://weather.news.sina.com.cn/news/2008/1111/35074.html


          November 11 China's Efforts in Controlling Greenhouse Gas Emissions   (Sichuan News Network)

          The National Energy Bureau announced that, China is considering adjusting the "Long-term Nuclear Power Development Plan," so that the original scheduled 40 million kilowatts installed capacity of nuclear power could be enhance to 70 million kilowatts or more.  Huang Li, the deputy director of Energy Saving and Technology Equipment Department in the National Energy Bureau said that the snow disaster at the beginning of this year reflected the risks of long-distance power transmission and delivery of coal.  Meanwhile, G8 summit stressed again that all the nations must reduced CO2 emission to fight the global warming.  These reasons prompted Chinese government to adjust the national energy strategy.

           

          http://hb.newssc.org/system/2008/11/11/011270708.shtml


          November 11 China and Iraq Sign Oil Deal (New York Times)

          BAGHDAD — An Iraqi state-owned oil company, North Oil, has signed a contract with a Chinese state-owned oil corporation, CNPC, that was first negotiated during Saddam Hussein's regime, an official in Iraq's oil ministry said on Tuesday.  The deal is worth $3.5 billion, according to the official, deputy oil minister Ahmed al-Shamaa, and it is the first major oil-development deal that Iraq has made with a foreign company since the American invasion in 2003.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/12/world/middleeast/12crude.html?ref=world


          November 12 The Fourth World City Forum on climate Change ( Xinhua News)
          The attendants in the fourth World City Forum pointed out that, cities should take responsibility of dealing with climate change.  Cities, the most remarkable energy consumption organisms, gathering massive industrial production, heating facilities and vehicles, are closely related to climate change.  They also make water and air pollutions, release greenhouse gases while making products, supplying heats and transporting.  At the meantime, urbanization destroys cities' fauna and flora.  The attendants widely discussed the strategies on how human being can co-exist with nature, maintain the function of bio-community, manage municipal pollutions, and provide clean drinking water. 

          http://info.ep.hc360.com/2008/11/12082656268.shtml

           

           

          November 12 China Eastern Airline Begins Energy Conservation in Details (Xinhua News)

          Until October, China Eastern Airline Corporation has totally consumed nearly 3 million tons of standard coal equivalent, approximately equals to 15 billion Yuan which accounts for 57.61% of operating cost.  Since this year, the company has emphasized the mission of energy saving and emission reduction, cut down 6.79% of energy consumption compared to last year.  As China Eastern Airline Corporation strictly practices the policy of "reducing operating cost and the consumption of fuel," "the regulation on management of APU," and "the statute on saving cost of flight operation" this year, the company has made efforts to optimize the flight route, to reduce hourly oil consumption and improve the quality of maintenance. At the same time, it actively controls the gasoline cost by reducing the weight of magazines and water on the flight.

           

          http://news.xinhuanet.com/fortune/2008-11/12/content_10345987.htm


          November 13 Hebei Iron and Steel Corporation Ensures the Energy-saving InvestmentHebei Daily News

          It is said by Tanggang Company of Hebei Steel and Iron Group that, as one of important energy-saving projects at provincial level this year, Gas Utilization in Northern Blast Furnace Area project, with a total investment of 70.5 million Yuan had been put into pilot-run process.  With the completion of construction, the utilization rate of blast furnace gas in Tanggang Company has reached 98%.  According to Wang Yifang, the chairman of Hebei Steel and Iron Group, 80 percent of the energy-saving and emission reduction project with the investment of 659 million Yuan this year has been completed.  The whole project will be completed by the end of this year.  

          http://www.xinhuanet.com/chinanews/2008-11/13/content_14909047.htm


          November 13 Li Xiaolin Attended the Copenhagen Climate Council Roundtable (China Electricity News Network)
          On the morning of Nov. 11, the business roundtable of Copenhagen Climate Council was held in Beijing.  Li Xiaolin, the chairwoman of China Power International, attended the meeting and was invited to give a speech.  Ms Li emphasized the importance of corporation responsibility, reporting mechanism and strengthening cooperation in her speech and pointed out that to combat with the climate change, Chinese government and enterprises should make comprehensive, balanced and sustainable development. 

          http://info.electric.hc360.com/2008/11/13165474519.shtml



          November 14 US 'import alert' on China food

          US authorities have issued a nationwide "import alert" for Chinese-made food products in the wake of the melamine contamination scandal.
          The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had already issued an alert warning Americans not to consume Chinese products containing milk. Thousands of Chinese have been poisoned this year. The latest alert goes beyond dairy products to such items as drinks, sweets, and baby and pet food.

           

          http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7728605.stm

           

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          *Weekly News Digest* *Climate Change in China*** November17-21, 2008 =====================================================================* * *November 17
          Message 4 of 5 , Nov 24, 2008

            Weekly News Digest

            Climate Change in China

            November17-21, 2008

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            November 17 Shanxi Held the First Energy-saving Expo

            In order to enhance public awareness of energy saving and disseminate new energy-saving technology, Shanxi Province held the first energy-saving expo with the theme of "the technology for reducing energy consumption, the achievement of emission reduction, the development of recycling economy and the construction of ecological economy in Shanxi Province."  The expo attracted a large number of the public.  This session of the expo was not only for propagating the importance of energy-saving, highlighting the ecological concepts, reflecting the achievement in environmental protection and the development of circular economy and the implementation of clean energy, but also to show the positive results of air pollution control, the recycling of industrial waste, as well as ecological construction of industrial development zones, construction of nature reserves, and other energy-saving practices.

             

            http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2008-11/17/content_10368619.htm

             

             

            November 17 ABB Chinese Enterprises are Promising in Energy-saving

            On the three-day event of "ABB Technology Day" in Beijing, ABB chief technology officer TANG Wei Shi pointed out that there is only 20% of energy is effectively utilized from oil drilling to the end of the production supply chain in the current world, the rest 80% of energy is wasted.  From the global perspective, Chinese enterprises are promising in energy-saving, all sectors of Chinese users were expected to enhance productivity significantly and achieve energy efficiency by using leading electric and automation technology products and continue to reduce the business cost. 

             

            http://finance.sina.com.cn/g/20081117/14275515687.shtml

             

             

            November 18 Australia Willing to Strengthen Cooperation with China on Climate Change ( Sina News Network)

            Huang Yingxian, the minister of Australian Climate Change and Water Resources Department, stated that Australia was willing to strengthen cooperation with China on climate change in Canberra on November 18th. On that day, Huang Yingxian had dialogue on climate change with Xie Zhenhua, the deputy director of China's National Development and Reform Commission. Huang Yingxian also pointed that, Australia and China faced many similar challenges on climate change.  As both are energy producing and consuming countries, they shared the same goals and interests on the development of clean energy technology.    

             

            http://news.sina.com.cn/o/2008-11-18/210214748677s.shtml

             

             

            November 18 12 Ministries to Hold International Expo on Energy conservation and Emission Reduction (Chinese Government News Network)

            The Ministry of Science and Technology recently issued that a technology expo on International Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction will be held cooperatively by National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Railways, Government Offices Administration of the State Council, Chinese Academy of Science, China Technology Association in Beijing Exhibition Center from March 19 to 23, 2009.  Under the theme of the Technological Advancement to Energy Conservation, and Technology and Citizen's Livelihood, this expo will present the latest energy conservation and emission reduction technologies and products both at home and abroad. Furthermore, a summit will also be held to publicize related national policies and raise public awareness on energy conservation and emission reduction. 

             

            http://news.hexun.com/2008-11-18/111363741.html



            November 19 China Is Expected to Play an Active Role in the United Nations Climate Change Conference

            On November 17, Ivo Deboaier, the executive secretary of the U.N. secretariat, was interviewed by Xinhua News Agency.  He said that China is expected to play an active role in the United Nations Climate Change Conference which will be held in December 1 to 12 in Poznan, Poland.  In the international climate change negotiation process, China has been playing an active role. Not long ago, the Chinese government and the United Nations co-sponsored the seminar with the theme as 'technology development and transition in response to the climate change."  He believed that the Chinese delegation will bring the achievement of seminar to the Poznan meeting and China will play an active role in high-tech transition.   

             

            http://www.wlmqwb.com/2815/200811/t20081119_283267.shtml



            November 19 CHINA´S ENVIRONEMTAL RETREAT

            SHANGHAI -- In February, the Fuan textile factory became one of the first major casualties of China's anti-pollution campaign when the multimillion-dollar company was shut down for dumping waste from dyes into a neighboring river and turning it red…

            With the global economy at the edge of recession, China appears to be turning away from previous pledges to improve its record on environmental protection. In this, China is hardly alone: A climate-change proposal in Europe that a few months ago seemed like a sure thing has now divided the continent because of its anticipated expense, and worldwide, money for the development of renewable energy sources has been drying up.

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/18/AR2008111803625.html?hpid=artslot


            November 20 UK is the First Country Setting up the Goal of Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction through Legislation ( Xinhua News )

            The UK House of Commons approved a bill on Nov.19 that it will cut down 80% of green house gas emission in 2050.  The UK is the first country to set up the energy conservation goal through legislation.  In order to give investors and policy makers a clear roadmap for energy conservation and emission reduction, having a carbon budget every five year is requested in the bill.  According to the bill, the government will found a Climate Change Commission as an independent organization to supervise the implementation of energy conservation and provide related guidance from experts. On the other hand, every five year, the government will submit a report to the UK House of Commons on the effects of climate change on our current and future status, and a plan of how to achieve the energy conservation goal. 

             

            http://weather.news.sina.com.cn/news/2008/1120/35279.html



            November 20 Challenge to Accomplish Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction ( Sina News Network)

            In recent years, Dongguan city in Guangdong province has made some progress in energy conservation and emission reduction. The energy consumption per unit GDP declined 4.86% in 2006 and 5.36% in 2007, which largely fulfilled the target to cut down energy consumption 4.36% in per unit GDP within 2 years.  But as the reconstruction and upgrading of local industry is still on the way, the city still faces great challenges in energy conservation and emission reduction. Therefore, the city will continue to boost the construction of the energy conservation census, inspection and evaluation, and to implement the strict accountability and veto system. 

             

            http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2008-11-20/080714758349s.shtml

             

             

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            *Weekly News Digest* *Climate Change in China*** November24-28, 2008 =====================================================================* * *November 24**
            Message 5 of 5 , Dec 2, 2008

              Weekly News Digest

              Climate Change in China

              November24-28, 2008

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              November 24 Chinese, European Scientists Discuss Climate Change and Water Cycle (People's Daily)

              The international seminar on "Climate Change and Global Water Circulation," held at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, is jointly sponsored by The Research Councils UK (RCUK), the Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS) and the EU Water Circulation and Climate Change Project. The seminar aims at strengthening cooperation between Chinese and European scientists and to further the exchange of the latest findings in research on the relationship between climate change and water resources.

               

              http://news.sohu.com/20081124/n260823253.shtml

               

               

              November 24 Hu: China Has Made Effect on Coping with Climate Change (China news network)

              Chinese president Hu Jingtao, pointed out in the 16th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Peru that Chinese government has taken lots of actions in combating Climate Change: China publicizes "China's National Climate Change Program," founds the National Climate Change Coordination Committee, improves the mechanism for coping with climate change, and clarifies the specific targets, basic principals related to measures concerning with climate change. In addition, China aims to cut down 20% carbon dioxide emission of Energy Consumption per unit of GDP in 2010 compared that in 2005, raise the renewable resources proportion up to 10% and the forestry coverage up to 20%. Until now, China is stepping forward to achieve these targets and has already made certain achievements. 

               

              http://www.chinanews.com.cn/gn/news/2008/11-24/1459953.shtml

               

               

              November 25 Jintao Hu gave the Speech on Regional Economic Integration, Human Security, Climate Change and Other Topics (China Youth Newspaper)

              The second phase meeting of the 16th APEC informal leadership meeting was held by the Department of Defense in Lima Convention Center on November 23.  Chinese President Hu Jintao attended the meeting and gave a speech on regional economic integration, human security, climate change and other topics.  With regard to regional economic integration, Hu said, APEC members are having the increasingly close economic and trade ties, and the regional economic integration process is developed continuously.  We should encourage and support this positive trend.  The highest priority is to realize the Bogor Goals on schedule, and to promote the World Trade Organization Doha Round negotiations to achieve positive results as soon as possible.

              http://zqb.cyol.com/content/2008-11/25/content_2444696.htm


              November 25 Environmentalist from Home and Abroad Gethered in Jiangsu to Explore Simple Ways Dealing with Climate Change (International New Energy Network)

              Hanging the artificial nest, planting grass and flowers at home, and walking to and from work as much as possible, we can deal with climate change through these simple ways.  The famous British environmentalist, Keli Si • Baines, the Vice President of Royal Society Wildlife Fund, and the chairman of Department of Ecology and Environmental Science from School of the Environment in Nanjing Forestry University, professor Ruan Honghua, attended the fourth "Science and Technology Cafe" hosted by the Association for Science and Technology of Jiangsu province, and explored simple ways to deal with global climate change and to make our ways of life greener and healthier with the audience together.

               

              http://www.in-en.com/newenergy/html/newenergy-1106110695263882.html

               

               

              November 26 Survey Conducted by HSBC Shows that Hong Kong People Care About Climate Change after Global Economic (Cnfol news network)

              In September when global economic crisis broke out, HSBC made an on-line survey on climate change issue through 1,200 people in 12 countries. The result turned out that HK citizens concerned climate change most only after global economy. 23% of surveyors stated that climate change was the second concern slightly behind 29% of surveyors who concern most on global economy.  Head of Sustainable Development Group pointed out that, in spite of the gloomy global economy, citizens in the world still concern the actions taken by local government to cope with climate change.

               

              http://hkstock.cnfol.com/081126/132,1358,5115173,00.shtml

               

               

              November 26 National Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Forum for Petroleum & Petrifaction Enterprises Held in Beijing (Inner Mongolia News Network)

              With the theme on "Promote Technical Exchange on Energy Conservation between Enterprises," National Petroleum, Petrifaction Enterprises Energy Conservation Forum was held in Beijing International Convention Center.

              This forum was sponsored by China Petroleum Association and collectively undertaken by China National Petroleum Corporation, China Petroleum Chemical Corporation and China National Off-shore Oil Corporation. More than 300 attendants communicated on advanced experiences of energy conservation, the utilization of waste energy and new energy resources.

               

              http://energy.nmgnews.com.cn/system/2008/11/26/010145555.shtml

               

               

              November 28 Nations Gather in Poland on Coping with Climate Change (People's News Network)

              From Dec.1 to 12, the United Nations, sparing no effort in pushing the process of a new climate change pact in recent 2 years, will hold a new round of parley on climate change in Poland. At that time, eight thousands representatives from all around the world will renew the parley in Poznan, and around one hundred ministers of environmental protection department from 190 countries and regions will attend the last 2 days conference. But the essential parley will remain to be accomplished next year.  The Poznan parley will mainly deliberate a new pact draft of 86 pages, including the development of new clean energy technology in developing countries, such as China, India, fund support to tropical countries to slow down lumbering, assistance to poor countries to better face climate change, etc.

               

              http://env.people.com.cn/GB/8428886.html


              November 28 The Necessity of Implementing the Policy of Energy Conservation (QQ network)

              To better practice Circular Economy Promotion Law which will be implemented from the first day next year, the government has strengthened the administration of energy conservation.  Although such policy, at some point, will unavoidably hamper the growth of present and potential economy, it still benefits lots of aspects. First, it promotes the reconstruction of economic structure. Secondly, it will effectively guarantee the national security. Thirdly, it can raise China's international status in the world. Also, the one who performs better on energy conservation, can grasp more initial opportunities in future international competition. 

               

              http://finance.qq.com/a/20081128/000942.htm

               

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