BEIJING, January 23 -- The State Council Information Office (SCIO) held a news briefing on desertification and sandification combating on 22, January 2017 in Beijing. Gou Haibo, Special Representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China for Climate Change Talks responded to the journalists that the 13th Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCDCOP13) will be held in China this year. China would stick to low carbon development, maintaining related international governance mechanism, promoting the cooperation with developing countries on environmental protection and ecology civilization, including combating desertification.

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WASHINGTON,January 17, China Daily -- Chinese researchers said Monday they have uncovered the genetic basis of why giant pandas and red pandas have evolved independently to have shared features such as a bamboo-based diet and false thumb.

Despite being classified as carnivores, both giant pandas and red pandas, which separately evolved from meat-eating ancestors and diverged from each other more than 40 million years ago, subsist almost entirely on bamboo -- a phenomenon termed convergent evolution, where similar traits arise in two unrelated or distantly related species.

Additionally, both species possess a false thumb, which enables the animals to adroitly grasp bamboo.

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JILIN, January 10, China Daily -- China's first forestry satellite, which can help improve forestry management level in Jilin province, was successfully launched on Jan 9 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, located at Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to the Jilin Provincial Forestry Department, and the device has opened a new satellite era for forestry management and research.

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NINGXIA, December 18, China Daily -- En route to Shapotou, there is not much to see except an endless sea of sand. The district, in Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, is located where the Yellow River meets the Tengger Desert. For more than five decades researchers have been coming here to fight desertification. Li Xinrong is one of them. 

His mantra is: "Sands are as precious as forests", and having been here for three decades, he has clearly developed a close connection to this arid land. "Deserts are landmarks god has given us. They nurture special biotic resources. We must protect them," he said. 

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ZHEJIANG, November 28, China Daily -- Plants and moss has been installed in a subway car in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. The special car is China's first attempt to introduce greenery into public transportation, an agenda that promotes low-carbon and green development. Though the car was only open for 12 hours on Nov 28, 2016, the "forest subway" still received a warm welcome from the public.

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