China Science & Nature
Philippine President Duterte made call to allow China's sea research: Spokesman
Philippines' president made call on China's sea research: spokesman
Beijing meets 2017 air pollution target set under 2013 clean-up plan
Monster Storm Forecast to Move Up East Coast
China unveils market-based plan to curb global warming
China’s smog-plagued Hebei draws up environmental tax plan
Smog-prone Chinese province to impose environmental protection tax from next year
China declared world’s largest producer of scientific articles
2018-01-19 07:13:54 For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of the total number of science publications, according to statistics compiled by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The agency’s report, released on 18 January, documents the United States’ increasing competition from China and other developing countries that are stepping up their investments in science and technology. Nonetheless, the report suggests that the United States remains a scientific powerhouse, pumping out high-profile research, attracting international students and translating science into valuable intellectual property   Read More ...
Sri Lanka, China to co-build dendro power plant
2018-01-19 07:02:48 Sri Lanka and China on Friday signed a joint venture agreement to construct Sri Lanka's largest dendro power plant in Moneragala in the country's south. The power plant will produce 70,000 megawatts of renewable energy per year to the country's national power grid. The joint venture was signed between Beijing Full Dimension Power Tech Company Ltd, Nanjing Turbine and Electric Machinery Group Company Ltd, and Sri Lanka's IMS Holdings   Read More ...
China air pollution highly reduced due to serious measures taken in 2017, says govt
2018-01-19 06:47:22 Air pollution levels in 338 Chinese cities, including Beijing, have plummeted last year due to series of measures taken by the government to improve air quality, the government said on Thursday. Tackling pollution has been listed as one of "the three tough battles" that China, the largest emitter, aims to win in the coming three years, according to the Central Economic Work Conference, an annual tone-setting economic meeting, state-run Xinhua news agency reported   Read More ...
Xinjiang telescope to help space probes: expert
2018-01-19 05:18:05 New Xinjiang observatory will not look for alien life: expert. China's newest, and the world's largest, radio telescope will empower the country's space probes on their missions to the moon and Mars, Chinese experts said on Thursday. Proposed by the Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory and scheduled to go into service in 2023, the new 100-meter-tall fully steerable single-dish radio telescope will be 110 meters in diameter and weigh about 6,000 tons, the Xinhua News Agency reported last week   Read More ...
U.S. solar energy industry urges Trump not to impose tariffs on imports
2018-01-18 09:00:44 U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump not to impose high tariffs on solar imports so as to preserve tens of thousands of jobs in the sector. "A decision to impose high tariffs in line with the International Trade Commission's recommendation will lead to the layoff of tens of thousands of workers, cause companies to stop investing in the United States and bring an American economic engine screeching to a halt," Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the SEIA, wrote in a letter to Trump   Read More ...
China wants to dominate the world’s green energy markets – here’s why
2018-01-18 08:33:49 If there is to be an effective response to climate change, it will probably emanate from China. The geopolitical motivations are clear. Renewable energy is increasingly inevitable, and those that dominate the markets in these new technologies will likely have the most influence over the development patterns of the future. As other major powers find themselves in climate denial or atrophy, China may well boost its power and status by becoming the global energy leader of tomorrow   Read More ...
Panda pair heading to Finland in 15-year research agreement
2018-01-18 02:01:26 Photo taken on Jan. 16 shows a female giant panda named Jin Bao Bao (Lumi), at the Dujiangyan base of the China conservation and research center for the giant pandas, in Dujiangyan city of southwest China's Sichuan province. A pair of giant pandas left the center for Finland on Wednesday and will live in Ahtari zoo for 15 years. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin) A pair of giant pandas have departed a panda base in Sichuan Province bound for Finland on a 15-year research project   Read More ...
Saudi and Chinese businesses join forces on Egyptian solar projects
2018-01-18 00:19:46 Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract to China's Chint Group for three solar photovoltaic power plants in southern Egypt. ACWA Power, which develops both power and water desalination projects, said that the total investment value of the projects was $190 million, and that they would have a total capacity of 165.5 megawatts. The contract for the deal was signed Tuesday at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi   Read More ...
Scientists see evidence of iridescent rainbow feathers on a dinosaur
2018-01-17 18:19:25 A team of Chinese, American and Belgian scientists have unearthed a 161-million-year-old dinosaur fossil showing that the animal may have had vibrant, iridescent plumage like that of peacocks and other birds today. The fossil of the dazzling dinosaur, described in the journal Nature Communications, sheds fresh light on the evolution of these ancient animals and their relationship to birds. Caihong juji, the fossil of which was first found by a farmer in northeastern China, was roughly the size of a duck and covered in feathers   Read More ...
Finally! Scientists discover what killed Mexico's Aztecs in 16th century
2018-01-17 10:01:14 In mid-16th century, 15 million people, or about 80 percent of the population of Mexico's legendary Aztec Empire, were wiped out by a mystery epidemic in just five years. However, until now, scientists had little clue about the nature of the epidemic. But Monday, they identified an "enteric fever" as a highly likely cause of the massive devastation nearly 500 years ago, based on DNA evidence from the teeth of the long-buried victims, The Guardian reported   Read More ...
Two more active Philippine volcanoes are restive: authority
2018-01-17 09:30:23 The Philippines' most active volcano Mayon continues to ooze lava and shoot up plumes of hot ash, prompting authorities to force thousands of people living around the volcano to move to safety, the Philippine volcanology institute said on Wednesday. Orange lava fragments glowed in the dark for the third night as they trickle down the mountain slope, sending fear to affected residents but also a joy to tourists who started to flock to Albay, a province on the island of Luzon about 330 kilometers southeast of Manila, to witness the "silent eruptions   Read More ...
Chinese solar boom sparks global renewables boon: study
2018-01-17 04:56:31 PARIS (AFP) - A Chinese boom in solar panel installation last year helped drive global investment in renewable clean energy technology to record levels, a new study showed Tuesday. After a dip in 2016, overall global investment in the sector rose 3.0 percent to a total $333.5 billion, offsetting falls in Japan, Germany and Britain, according to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) study   Read More ...
Philippines' president made call on China's sea research - spokesman
2018-01-16 11:48:40 MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines' Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that as chief architect of foreign policy, Duterte allowed China to work with the University of the Philippines in Benham Rise, an area roughly the size of Greece and believed by some scientists to be rich in biodiversity and tuna   Read More ...
Chinese 'rainbow dinosaur' had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds
2018-01-16 08:16:34 Scientists on Monday announced the discovery of a crow-sized, bird-like dinosaur with colorful feathers from northeastern China that lived 161 million years ago during the Jurassic Period. They named it Caihong, the Mandarin word for rainbow. Microscopic structures in the exquisitely preserved, nearly complete fossil unearthed in Hebei Province indicated that it boasted iridescent feathers, particularly on its head, neck and chest, with colors that shimmered and shifted in the light, like those of hummingbirds   Read More ...
China, Pakistan hold joint Indian Ocean expedition(1/4)
2018-01-16 04:01:03 Chinese and Pakistani researchers prepare a sea-bottom seismograph at the North Indian Ocean on Sunday using Shi Yan 3, a scientific research vessel from the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, launching the two countries' first joint scientific collaboration on the ocean. (Photo/Xinhua) Scientists from China and Pakistan boarded China's research vessel Shi Yan 3 at the port of Karachi in Pakistan on Saturday   Read More ...
South China's Guangxi urged to improve coastal environmental protection
2018-01-16 03:31:31 The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) on Monday criticized the government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region for its failure to control pollution and supervise land reclamation along its coast. An SOA inspection team listed a number of environmental protection and land reclamation problems in Guangxi after a survey of the autonomous region from August to September, said an SOA press release. The SOA pointed out that the regional government did not pay enough attention to nearshore waters, noting that the nearshore water quality in the region has dropped from 2016   Read More ...
Fossil of 'rainbow' dinosaur with iridescent feathers and Velociraptor-like skull found in China
2018-01-16 02:08:05 Scientists have announced the discovery of a crow-sized, bird-like dinosaur with colourful feathers from north-eastern China that lived 161 million years ago during the Jurassic period. Key points: Caihong was a two-legged predator with a Velociraptor-like skull and sharp teeth It is the earliest-known creature with asymmetrical feathers Plumage could have attracted mates while also providing insulation They named it Caihong, the Mandarin word for rainbow   Read More ...
Newly discovered 'rainbow' dinosaur had shiny, colourful feathers like a hummingbird
2018-01-15 16:36:10 A duck-sized dinosaur found in China had a head and chest covered in shiny feathers similar to those seen on hummingbirds. When palaeontologists analysed a fossil of the dinosaur, first discovered by a farmer in northeastern China, they found evidence of brightly-coloured plumage. Iridescent feathers, which are found on some modern bird species, have a metallic sheen and change colour when viewed from different angles, giving them a “rainbow-like” appearance   Read More ...
Philippine President Duterte made call to allow China's sea research: Spokesman
2018-01-15 15:00:06 MANILA (REUTERS) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines' Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday (Jan 15), despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that as chief architect of the country's foreign policy, Mr Duterte allowed China to work with the University of the Philippines in Benham Rise, an area roughly the size of Greece and believed by some scientists to be rich in biodiversity and tuna   Read More ...
Philippines' president made call on China's sea research - spokesman
2018-01-15 14:11:27 MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines’ Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that as chief architect of foreign policy, Duterte allowed China to work with the University of the Philippines in Benham Rise, an area roughly the size of Greece and believed by some scientists to be rich in biodiversity and tuna   Read More ...
Philippines' president made call on China's sea research: spokesman
2018-01-15 14:01:17 MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines' Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that as chief architect of foreign policy, Duterte allowed China to work with the University of the Philippines in Benham Rise, an area roughly the size of Greece and believed by some scientists to be rich in biodiversity and tuna   Read More ...
U.S. skiing industry praying for snow
2018-01-15 08:30:06 Low precipitation throughout the west triggered one of the worst Decembers. Across America's west, prayers for snowfall are being offered to the skies as the winter season has offered little relief to drought stricken areas thus far. "Draw a line from eastern Washington down to Colorado - everything north is OK; everything south is in danger," said National Weather Service meteorologist Russell Danielson   Read More ...
Southern Peru jolted by strong earthquake, gov't to declare state of emergency
2018-01-15 07:30:37 Peru's southern coast was jolted by a powerful offshore earthquake on Sunday, which left at least one dead and dozens of others injured. The Peru government said it will declare a state of emergency in the affected areas. Peru's Geophysics Institute (IGP) said on Sunday that the 6.8-magnitude quake hit off the coast of the Arequipa department at 4:18 a.m. local time (0918 GMT), and at a depth of 48 km   Read More ...
Black hole spin may affect radio waves: study
2018-01-15 06:30:27 The spin of the black hole may play a role in the generation of powerful high-speed jets blasting radio waves and other radiation across the universe, a study on supermassive black holes recently published in the Astrophysical Journal found. The accretion disks around supermassive black holes (black holes with masses millions of times those of the sun) are some of the brightest objects in the universe   Read More ...
Discovery may lead to batteries charging faster and lasting longer
2018-01-15 06:30:24 Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have observed an unexpected phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries, the most common type of battery used to power cell phones and electric cars, creating possibilities to develop batteries that "charge faster and last longer." The discovery, published in the newly released journal Science Advances, shows that as a model battery generates electric current, the concentration of lithium inside individual nanoparticles reverses at a certain point, instead of constantly increasing   Read More ...
CAS, ESA-developed atmospheric sounder improves severe weather forecast
2018-01-14 10:00:53 Scientists have made progress in the development of a millimeter-wave atmospheric sounder that enables more effective monitoring of typhoons and other weather from space. A statement by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) national space science center (NSSC) said the geostationary millimeter-wave atmospheric sounder demonstrator, developed by the NSSC and the European Space Agency (ESA), has passed a review. Geostationary millimeter-wave atmospheric sounding, to be used on Earth observation satellites, can perform real-time three-dimensional monitoring of severe weather, according to Wu Ji, an NSSC researcher   Read More ...
NASA's cargo spacecraft back down to earth with heavy payload
2018-01-14 09:01:20 SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday after nearly four weeks in space. Dragon splashed down successfully about 10:37 a.m. EST (1537 GMT) west of Baja California, completing the second resupply mission to and from the International Space Station (ISS) with a commercial spacecraft, SpaceX said via Twitter. It carried approximately 4,100 pounds of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the ISS   Read More ...
China to build ‘earth simulator’ in Beijing suburbs
2018-01-14 04:00:44 China has announced plans to construct an earth system simulating device in Huairou Science City, a comprehensive national science center in Beijing, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources on Friday. Jointly built by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University and Dawning Information Industry Co., Ltd, the project is one of the nation's major scientific infrastructure programs   Read More ...
China To Build 'Simulated Earth System'
2018-01-13 09:34:09 Beijing: China will build an earth system simulating device to strengthen fundamental research. The project, to be built in Beijing's northern suburbs of Huairou and Miyun, is a major national scientific infrastructure program, said Zhu Jiang, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xinhua news agency reported. The device can simulate the complicated progress of earth systems. It will further knowledge of the interaction and evolution of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, geosphere and biosphere, and lay a foundation for scientific research about climate and the environment   Read More ...
‘Why is DFA letting China do research at Benham Rise?’
2018-01-13 04:53:55 An opposition congressman hit as “careless and absurd” the government’s decision to allow Chinese scientists to conduct “scientific research” in Philippine waters, including Benham Rise. “Allowing a Chinese national think tank to conduct a so-called scientific research in Philippine waters is careless and absurd,” Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said on Friday. But Malacañang said there was nothing wrong with China’s exploration of marine resources in the country because the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) had approved it   Read More ...
UN chief lauds G77 and China's role in multilateralism, climate action
2018-01-13 04:05:36 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday lauded the role of the Group of 77 (G77) and China in promoting multilateralism and development, and fighting climate change. "You have been a central pillar in the defense of multilateralism -- and these are not easy times for multilateralism, and you have been absolutely crucial in making sure that development remains in the centrality of the action of the United Nations," Guterres told a handover ceremony of the G77 chairmanship from Ecuador to Egypt   Read More ...
Volcano erupts in Indonesia's Bali, airport remains safe
2018-01-12 04:00:57 Indonesia's Bali international airport was declared safe, operating normally following eruption of the island's Mount Agung volcano on Thursday afternoon. "Condition of I Gusti Ngurah Rai international remained secure and normally operating at present. Volcanic ash from Mount Agung did not spread to Denpasar," National Disaster Mitigation Agency Spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, referring to Bali province's capital city where the airport sits in   Read More ...
Chinese scientists find microplastics in South Pole for the 1st time
2018-01-12 02:30:14 Chinese researchers on an Antarctic expedition have found microplastics near the South Pole, lending scientific weight to rising calls across the planet to address ocean pollution. The Chinese expedition searched for and found the tiny plastic particles in the Antarctic for the first time in Chinese research history, according to a notice released by the State Oceanic Administration on Thursday. The first to find microplastics in the Antarctic were two Japanese university research teams in 2016, the Science and Technology Daily reported on Wednesday   Read More ...
Australian scientists to study climate change deep in Southern Ocean
2018-01-11 07:02:27 Leading Australian scientists on Thursday departed on a journey to launch deep-sea robots in the Southern Ocean to study the effects of climate change. A team of researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) set sail on the research vessel Investigator on Thursday to deploy 11 deep-sea Argo floats near Antarctica. The team of autonomous robots will provide scientists with year-round data from depths of up to 5,000 meters, 3,000 meters deeper than researchers have ever been in the Southern Ocean   Read More ...
China, Laos inaugurate joint lab for renewable energy study
2018-01-11 03:01:41 China and Laos have inaugurated a joint lab for study of renewable energy in Lao capital Vientiane, according to the Chinese Embassy in Laos on Wednesday. The lab was jointly built by China's Yunnan Normal University and Lao Ministry of Science and Technology's Renewable Energy and New Material Research Institute with sponsorship of China's Ministry of Science and Technology in facility and talent training   Read More ...
Environmental tax to help China fight pollution
2018-01-11 02:00:51 China will levy tax on businesses and public institutions that discharge pollutants from April onward, based on the country's Environmental Protection Tax Law, which came into effect on Jan. 1. The law, which relates to air, water, solid waste and noise pollution, encourages environmentally friendly production models for high-quality economic development. "All the preparations have been completed," Wang Jianfan, director of the Ministry of Finance's tax policy department, said on Wednesday   Read More ...
China seen set to dominate global clean energy on investment surge
2018-01-10 09:00:03 BEIJING (Bloomberg) - China is set to dominate global construction and financing of clean energy after record investment in overseas ventures and takeovers last year. The world's biggest energy user spent US$44 billion (S$58 billion) on large, international clean energy projects, and mergers and acquisitions in 2017, up almost 38 per cent from a year earlier, Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said in a report   Read More ...
Japanese astronaut exaggerated his height growth in space
2018-01-10 07:30:08 A Japanese astronaut living on the International Space Station (ISS) said his earlier claim that he had grown nearly 10 centimeters was false. Norishige Kanai, a former diving medical officer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, wrote that he "had actually grown by as much as 9 cm" after a measurement in space on Tuesday. "I'm a bit worried whether I'll fit in the Soyuz seat when I go back," he added in another   Read More ...
Magnitude 7.6 quake hits north of Honduras, triggers tsunami warning
2018-01-10 07:01:08 A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 hit north of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday night, triggering a tsunami warning for nearby seashores, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The northern coast of Honduras closest to the quake's epicenter is sparsely populated. There were no early reports of injuries or damage on the land. A tsunami advisory by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center was in effect for Puerto Rico and the U   Read More ...
7.6-magnitude quake hits northern waters of Honduras: CENC
2018-01-10 06:30:31 A 7.6-magnitude earthquake jolted northern waters of Honduras at 10:51 a.m. (Beijing Time) Wednesday, the China Earthquake Networks Center said. The epicenter was monitored at 17.43 degrees north latitude and 83.51degrees west longitude, with a depth of 10 kilometers, the center said.   Read More ...