Hong Kong to ban diesel and gas cars in 20 years
Hong Kong plans to phase out all fossil fuel vehicles over the next 10 to 20 years and switch to electric modes of commercial and public transport to improve air quality, according to the city’s environment chief. Roadside pollution remains a major concern in Hong Kong, which has one of the world’s highest population and traffic densities. The government’s push could potentially accelerate electric vehicle adoption in the small and wealthy financial hub, which has already seen EV sales grow a hundredfold in less than a decade.  As of August, there were 12,195 electric vehicles approved for road use in Hong Kong, up from fewer than 100 at the end of 2010. Today, EVs make up about 1.8% of priv
Hong Kong to ban diesel and gas cars in 20 years
‘Go back to school’: Greta Thunberg’s call for action divides Chinese internet
In an emotional message to the UN’s Climate Action Summit in New York this week, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg slammed world leaders for failing to take action on climate change. But China’s online community was largely unmoved and divided over whether her activism was meaningful. “What this girl is doing is just talking the talk,” read a comment on China’s Twitter-like Weibo.  “She started to go on strike at age 14. How much knowledge does she have? Without much knowledge in her mind, how can she propose solutions to deal with environmental problems?” it continued. While the Chinese government has vowed to play a major role in responding to climate change, the online
‘Go back to school’: Greta Thunberg’s call for action divides Chinese internet
China on track to meet carbon target years early, study says
China’s carbon emissions could peak as soon as 2021, years earlier than the deadline it agreed to under the Paris climate accord, according to a new study. As the world’s most populous country and second-largest economy, China emits more carbon dioxide than any other nation. Under the Paris accord to keep global warming to 2℃ or less by the end of the century, China has pledged that its CO2 emissions would stop rising by 2030.  But a study published in Nature Sustainability on July 29 estimates that China’s emissions will peak between 2021 and 2025.  The peer-reviewed projection is based on an examination of historical CO2 emissions in 50 Chinese cities between 2000 and 2016.  It says per c
China on track to meet carbon target years early, study says
The slimy victims of China’s heatwave
China’s ongoing heatwave has claimed another victim: the sea cucumber. The slimy creature is prized in Chinese cuisine for its unique texture. But with waters warming, the sea cucumbers being farmed in northeast China’s Liaoning province couldn’t handle the heat. Some 75,000 tons of sea cucumbers have been claimed by the heatwave, at an estimated cost of $1 billion.
The slimy victims of China’s heatwave
Heatwaves will make parts of China the deadliest places on earth
Summer’s here, and it’s hot. Hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. Hot enough to… shut your body down and kill you within six hours? A spike in heatwaves as a result of climate change could make one of China’s main agricultural regions the deadliest place on Earth. The massive North China Plain, which spans 35 million acres across five provinces, from Beijing in the north to Shanghai in the east, is currently home to about 400 million people. It generates 20% of the country’s grains, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. But according to a study by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and published in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, the predicted
Heatwaves will make parts of China the deadliest places on earth