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Birds, dams and people: biodiversity in China #TheConversation #China #Biodiversity #Yangtze

To further power up its western frontier China needs to take bold moves to buff up its up self reliance. Often controversial as the magnitude of change can be discomforting, Australia could perhaps provide some tips on how to do so a little more harmoniously.

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Birds, dams and people: biodiversity in China
By Wendy Wright
Monash University Australia
Source – The Conversation, published Jan 28, 2013

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Four major hydroelectric projects are planned for the upper Yangtze River valley. Photo by Steb Fisher

The 2012 China Ecological Footprint Report has highlighted the cost to biodiversity of China’s rapid economic development.

Biodiversity in China is under pressure because of loss of habitat. In our study area on the upper Yangtze River, this is exacerbated by a series of proposed dams. Four large hydro-electricity schemes, each involving the construction of a large dam, are planned for this section of the river, known as Jinshajiang. When complete, an 800km section of the river forming the border between Sichuan and Yunnan will be affected. The total capacity of the four schemes is 42,460 MW, much greater than the capacity of the Three Gorges Dam.

Dramatic changes in the ecosystems of the area are likely to occur as a result of permanent flooding. The Baihetan hydroelectricity project is by far the largest of the four. This area has a relatively poor regional economy and most of the population has an income below national and provincial poverty lines. Agriculture is the main economic activity for the local population and substantial food and silk resources are grown in the area. Most of the people are from the Yi Minority Nationality. The Yi people typically farm the higher elevation areas, which are more marginal in productivity.

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Filed under: Agriculture, Beijing Consensus, Climate Change, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Finance, Government & Policy, Green China, Infrastructure, Mapping Feelings, Modernisation, People, Population, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

Addressing Climate Change Government of the People’s Republic of China [Post Carbon Pathways]

Policy look: Post Carbon Pathways, a research programme from the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne summarises the Chinese government’s climate change plans along its 12th Five-Year Plan.

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Chinese Government: 12th Five-Year Plan and Climate Change White Paper

Access China’s 12th Five-Year Plan (in English) here and the White Paper of China’s Policies and Actions in Responding to Climate Change here.

China’s 12th Five-Year Plan and White Paper on China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change Government of the People’s Republic of China
Source – Post Carbon Pathways, n.d.

Source, aims and scope
China’s 12th Five-Year Plan (2011–15), which constitutes its foremost national social and economic development planning document, was adopted by the National People’s Congress of the Chinese Government in March 2011. It includes a strong focus on addressing climate change and energy challenges with a commitment to achieving low carbon development. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Agriculture, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Climate Change, Domestic Growth, Economics, Education, Environment, Government & Policy, Infrastructure, Modernisation, New Leadership, Pollution, Population, Resources, Trade, , , ,

China releases bees to curb American moth plague [China Daily]

600m bees sounds like a huge number by most measures. In any case, it’s interesting how they describe the fall webworm as an ‘American moth plague’. The moths come from North America ranging from Canada to Mexico, but I wonder about the semantic weight of the grouping ‘American moth plague’

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China releases bees to curb American moth plague
Xinhua
Source – China Daily, published August 8, 2011

SHIJIAZHUANG – Forestry authorities in North China’s city of Baoding released 600 million bees this month to kill off American white moths, which have plagued large areas of crops and forests.

White moth infestations have been detected on 20,000 hectares of farmland and forests in the city so far this year, said Duo Jianguo, head of the Baoding forest epidemic prevention stationon Monday.

He said that this year marks the fifth year in a row that authorities have used bees to kill the moths, as they are an effective and environmentally friendly form of pest control.

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Filed under: Agriculture, China Daily, Environment, Resources

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