China news digest

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Making Beijing a low-carbon ‘capital of biodiversity’

A meeting of Beijing Communist Party representatives has laid out focus areas for China’s capital to become a low-carbon city and “capital of biodiversity”

Relocation of Kunming biodiversity talks ‘a missed opportunity’

China’s government agencies, NGOs and the general public reacted with mixed feelings to the decision to move this year’s UN biodiversity negotiations from Kunming to Montreal.

Use of carbon credits in legal cases causes controversy

The controversial practice of purchasing carbon credits to compensate for ecological damage has been endorsed by China’s supreme court.

China updates its national strategy for climate adaptation

The 50-page document sounds a warning about the gravity of climate impacts, and sets out key areas for China to strengthen its adaptation to a warming world

Scene set for commercial cultivation of GM maize and soy in China

Wednesday saw the release of two standards that clear the path for the cultivation of GM crops in China. 

Environmental assessments for key infrastructure to be expedited

Developers are no longer required to secure emissions allowances as a precondition for EIA approval

Wind and solar projects banned from freshwater bodies

The Ministry of Water Resources has said wind and solar energy projects must not be built on rivers, lakes and reservoirs.

Hydro projects to boost economy

Hydrological infrastructure received prominent mention at the State Council’s executive meeting on Tuesday as a key area for government spending to avoid an economic downturn. 

China to step up efforts to control ‘new pollutants’

By the end of the year, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment will publish China’s first list of “new pollutants” for priority control, according to an action plan released by the State Council on Wednesday.

National carbon market expansion may be delayed to 2023

The expansion of China’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) beyond power generation will be delayed to 2023 at the earliest, according to a report in financial news outlet Caijing