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China Leads Green Jobs in Renewable Energy Sector
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China Leads Green Jobs in Renewable Energy Sector

Green jobs have been on China’s agenda since 2006, when it became one of the first member countries to collaborate with the International Labor Organization (ILO) in conducting research on and formulating measures to create green jobs. Since then, China has prioritized green development, e.g. energy efficiency in industry, transportation, and buildings; development of wind,...

Climate Justice in China
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Climate Justice in China

China is home to 55 ethnic minorities. While many live in rural areas affected by poverty and lack of employment opportunity, environmental or climate (in)justices are not exclusive to them. The divide of who suffers from environmental pollution runs along income and rural-urban lines. And China sees itself internationally as a victim of climate injustices...

Energy Reforms Are Needed to Support Increased Use of New Electric Vehicles in China
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Energy Reforms Are Needed to Support Increased Use of New Electric Vehicles in China

In post-COVID-19 pandemic efforts to revive the economy, China’s government has so far – unlike other countries – resisted issuing a large stimulus package. Instead, the current stimulus measures amount to 2 trillion RMB – split into government bonds and financial relief measures – are targeted at spurring innovative technologies and consumption to stabilize employment...

China Imposes Temporary Ban on All Wildlife Trade and Consumption after COVID-19 / 后疫情时代,中国实行临时禁令:禁止任何形式的野生动物交易及消费
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China Imposes Temporary Ban on All Wildlife Trade and Consumption after COVID-19 / 后疫情时代,中国实行临时禁令:禁止任何形式的野生动物交易及消费

In 2020, China was to host the 15th UN Conference on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, capital of the southern Yunnan Province. China is considered to be one of 17 global mega-biodiversity countries with 10% of all plant species and 14% of all animal species on earth. The conference was to be a milestone for...

Climate Mitigation and Environmental Protection Policies Continue Unabated in China Despite COVID-19 / 新冠疫情下,应对气候变化和环境保护政策不停摆
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Climate Mitigation and Environmental Protection Policies Continue Unabated in China Despite COVID-19 / 新冠疫情下,应对气候变化和环境保护政策不停摆

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to claim victims across the globe, China is gradually reducing the drastic measures that shut down much of the economy and stranded millions of workers at home, unable to get back to their workplace after the Chinese New Year. While crucial production remained operating on reduced holiday schedules, other economic...

China Seeking to Set Carbon Price Through its Emissions Trading System (ETS)
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China Seeking to Set Carbon Price Through its Emissions Trading System (ETS)

China is seeking to set a carbon price through its Emissions Trading System (ETS). A specific carbon tax for industry is currently not considered in order to ease the burden on smaller businesses and avoid jeopardizing China’s economic development. An “Environmental Protection Tax” was officially introduced on January 1, 2018, however, the tax is levied...

Climate Change Education in China
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Climate Change Education in China

Education and awareness building regarding sustainable development have been part of China’s educational curriculum for over two decades. First policies regulating general environmental protection and climate change education have been promulgated since 1994. In 2003, the Chinese Ministry of Education issued the first policy on environmental education for primary and secondary education: “Guidelines for Implementing...

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