BEIJING, January 7, Chinadaily -- Despite the numerous initiatives to reduce carbon emissions across the globe, the world desperately remains on a global warming trajectory of more than 3 C compared to the preindustrial era, far above the COP21 target. Without accelerated reduction of carbon emissions, global warming will continue to have disastrous consequences, starting with the increased frequency of extreme weather events, ending up in mass migrations and hence geopolitical instability, and jeopardizing life on our planet.

On the issue of climate change, Europeans and Chinese have a lot in common.

On July 16 in Beijing, at the 20th EU-China Summit, the two sides "acknowledged the urgency of addressing climate change and the importance of giving full effect to the Paris Agreement".

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BEIJING, December 21, Chinadaily -- With all the problems in the world —trade tensions, political instability, traffic — it’s easy to forget about the mother of all threats, climate change. Sure, other grievances can seem insurmountable, but it’s unlikely any of those carry the potential to wipe out humanity as we know it.

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BEIJING, December 5, Xinhua -- China has been delivering on its commitment to the international community on climate change by continuously shifting to a more green economy over the past years. New energy-rich regions like Inner Mongolia and Ningxia are sending more electricity generated from clean energy to the country's bustling east to help reduce the country's heavy reliance on coal in the fight against pollution and coping with climate change. China is also a leader in new energy vehicles (NEVs), with many regions across the country moving to replace their traditional gasoline-powered buses and taxis with green-energy vehicles. The country has been the world's largest NEV market for three consecutive years, with some 777,000 NEVs sold in 2017 alone. Sales in the first 10 months of this year jumped 75.6 percent year on year to 860,000 units. Thanks to increased investment in green energy, China's carbon intensity, or the amount of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP, in 2017 had declined by 46 percent from 2005 levels, meeting the target ahead of schedule of a 40-45 percent drop by 2020, according to the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment. 

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SAN FRANCISCO, September 18, Chinadaily -- China will fulfill its climate pledge for 2030 and continue to play a leading role in global efforts, said Xie Zhenhua, Chinese special representative on climate change affairs, in San Francisco.

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BEIJING, Auguest 29, Xinhua -- Ecological restoration projects in southwest China's karst area have increased vegetation coverage, which plays an important role in storing carbon emissions, according to recent research.

A number of ecological restoration projects have been implemented in southwest China's karst area since the late 1990s. Scientists with the Institute of Subtropical Agriculture under Chinese Academy of Sciences used remote sensing and ecological engineering data to analyze the change of vegetation cover and biomass in the region between 1999 and 2017.

Results showed that the vegetation coverage in the region increased from 69 percent in 1999 to 81 percent in 2017, indicating that the area was a global hot spot with a significant vegetation increase.

These increases in vegetation cover and biomass have occurred in spite of a general decline in rainfall and soil moisture from 1999 to 2012, and have been attained by widespread conservation and forestry activities.

The research has showed that ecological restoration project improved the karst ecosystem services, which also played an important role in global carbon cycles. It was published in the journal Earth's Future. Enditem

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