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China is adding solar power at a record pace
18 July 2017 - China, the world's biggest investor in clean energy, is on pace to install record amounts of new solar this year after adding 24 gigawatts of capacity in the first half amid a push by policy makers to locate electricity production near the point where it's used. Distributed solar-power projects -- the kind of solar found on industrial buildings, malls, and schools -- accounted for almost a third of the new installations in the period ... (more)

China, ADB launch green financing platform to fight pollution
16 June 2017 - China and the Asia Development Bank (ADB) have launched a green financing platform to support efforts by small- and medium-sized enterprises to cut pollution in the smog-hit Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, ADB said on Friday [16 June]. China selected five regions this week to take part in pilot government green financing schemes, the cabinet said on Wednesday. (more)

The world's largest floating solar farm is officially online in China
1 June 2017 - The world's largest floating solar energy farm (for now) has officially been fired up in China. Located in Huainan, China, the massive new array of solar panels floats over what was once mining land. In the past this region was powered by coal mined in the area, but those mines eventually collapsed and over time, filled with rainwater. The resulting lake was left largely unused, until now. (more)

The world's largest floating solar plant is finally online
31 May 2017 - The world's largest floating solar power plant is now online in China. Built by Sungrow, a supplier of PV inverter systems, the 40MW plant is now afloat in water four to 10 meters deep, and successfully linked to Huainan, China's grid. The placement was chosen in large part because the area was previously the location of coal mining operations; and, as a result, the water there is now mineralized and mostly useless. The lake itself was only formed after years of mining operations, the surrounding land collapsed and created a cavity that was filled with rainwater. (more)

China's President Xi says to uphold global climate deal
9 May 2017 - Chinese President Xi Jinping told French President-elect Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday (9 May) that he would uphold the Paris Agreement on curbing climate change. Representatives of nearly 200 countries that are party to the agreement are meeting in Bonn from May 8-18 to discuss technical aspects of implementing the accord. (more)

China's solar output increased 80% in first quarter
4 May 2017 - China electricity output from photovoltaic plants rose 80 percent in the first quarter after the world's biggest solar power market increased installed capacity. Solar power generation rose to 21.4 billion kilowatt-hours in the three months ended March 31 from a year earlier, the National Energy Administration said Thursday (4 May) in a statement on its website. (more)

China March service sector growth fastest in nearly 3 years - official PMI
31 March 2017 - Growth in China's services sector accelerated in March at the fastest pace in nearly three years, an official survey showed on Friday (31 March). The official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) . . . reading was the highest since May 2014. The services sector accounted for over half of China's economy last year and for the majority of its 6.7 percent growth as rising wages give Chinese consumers the opportunity to shop, travel, and eat out more. (more)

China to create 'giant' giant panda reserve to boost wild population
31 March 2017 - China is planning to create a giant panda reserve three times the size of Yellowstone National Park in the US, as part of efforts to boost the wild population of the long-endangered animal. The 10,476 sq mile (27,134 sq km) area will link up 67 existing panda reserves on six isolated mountain ranges. It is hoped the 'merger' will help the pandas mingle and mate, thus enriching the gene pool, the state news agency Xinhua reported. As well as the giant panda, the national park will help protect 8,000 endangered animals and plants, Xinhua said. (more)

China: Smog-hit Beijing plans 'green necklace' to block pollution
23 March 2017 - Beijing and the surrounding province of Hebei will plant trees, establish green belts, and make use of rivers and wetlands to create a 'green necklace' to protect China's smog-hit capital from pollution, the Hebei government said on Thursday. The city has also promised to curtail coal consumption and decommissioned its last coal-fired power plant earlier this month. (more)

'Forest cities': the radical plan to save China from air pollution
20 February 2017 - When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Last week, the Italian architect, famed for his tree-clad Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) skyscraper complex in Milan, unveiled plans for a similar project in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. The [project] will be composed of two neighbouring towers coated with 23 species of tree and more than 2,500 cascading shrubs. 'Such a large number of plants, trees and shrubs is contributing to the cleaning of the air . . . absorbing CO2 and producing oxygen,' the architect said. The structures will reportedly house offices, a 247-room luxury hotel, a museum and even a green architecture school, and are currently under construction, set for completion next year. But Boeri now has even bolder plans for China: to create entire 'forest cities' in a country that has become synonymous with environmental degradation and smog. (more)


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US: Maharishi University of Management - Chinese delegations continue to visit campus
30 November 2016 - China's interest in Maharishi University of Management continues, with two delegations visiting the campus in Iowa, USA recently, including entrepreneurs, artists, and journalists. A business conglomerate covering real estate, urban development, schools, greenhouses and agriculture sent a 12-member delegation in late October. The chairman is 'very interested in what we have done and achieved as a university and as a Transcendental Meditation organization,' said Zhu Yunxiang, MUM vice president of Asia Expansion. Later, a second delegation included a group of 25 Chinese artists, organizers, and journalists representing the Chinese Xinhua News Agency, the Beijing Daily Group, and the Beijing TV station. The goal of the Chinese delegations is to introduce the beauty of the Chinese cultural heritage and promote understanding and friendship between the two countries. (more)

Planning for more students from Beijing and Taiwan to arrive at MUM next year
12 June 2014 - Prompted by interest in Consciousness-Based Education, six universities in China and one in Taiwan are now partnering with Maharishi University of Management and formulating plans to send students to study at the MUM campus in the USA. (more)

Maharishi University of Management: New relationships with China
24 July 2013 - Recently reviewing the university's many achievements, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, described new relationships with Chinese universities that have developed in the past year. These began during Dr Morris's tour of China last year, which included visits to several institutions of higher learning where he gave presentations about MUM's Consciousness-Based system of education and the development of integrated brain functioning in students through their practice of Transcendental Meditation. (more)

Chinese university to offer scholarships to MUM students for study in China
31 January 2013 - A new partnership agreement with Beijing Union University--Maharishi University of Management's fifth partner institution in China--will include scholarships for MUM students to study at BUU in China for a semester or a year, taking classes taught in English or in both Chinese and English. The scholarships, which can accommodate a significant number of students, will cover all tuition costs. (more)

Ancient Chinese philosopher described Transcendental Consciousness
18 August 2011 - A new essay analyzes beautiful passages from the writings of Zhuangzi, also known as Chuang Tzu--esteemed alongside Laozi as one of the founders of Daoism in China--drawing on the knowledge and experience of the transcendental field of life provided by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation Programme. (more)

China: Universities collaborate with Maharishi University of Management
15 July 2011 - Four Chinese universities have formed partnerships with Maharishi University of Management in the United States, and secondary schools in the country have expressed interest in Consciousness-Based Education as well. (more)

Students arrive at MUM from new Chinese partner schools
14 June 2011 - Sixteen new students arrived from China at Maharishi University of Management this spring, the first group from the University's new partner institutions. 'MUM is a harmonious and green campus,' said one of the new students. 'The relationships among students are very friendly. Although we came from different countries and cultural backgrounds, we really feel like a big family, caring for and loving each other.' (more)

Maharishi School achievements inspire educators, parents, students in China
19 April 2011 - At 15 recent school fairs in China, presentations about Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA began with what most interested students and their families: Maharishi School students' achievements, and testimonials from Chinese students enrolled at the school. Parents and students engaged in lively discussions about the unique, low-stress environment of the Maharishi School campus. They were also impressed with the acceptance of Maharishi School graduates into top medical schools and universities including Yale, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley. (more)

Maharishi School principal tours China, awakens interest in students
19 April 2011 - The recent trip to China by Dr Richard Beall, principal of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, helped awaken the interest of Chinese educators, parents and students in Consciousness-Based Education. (more)

Maharishi School principal visits three schools in China
19 April 2011 - Dr Richard Beall, principal of Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, recently visited several primary and secondary schools in China which are interested in implementing Consciousness-Based Education, or in forming partnerships with Maharishi School. (more)


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Swathes of south China under water, heat strikes north
3 July 2017 - Torrential rain lashed parts of central and south China on Monday [3 July], with floods damaging crops, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and killing at least 33, while the north wilted in a heat wave and drought-like conditions. (more)

Smog engulfs cities in northern China for fourth day
20 December 2016 - A plane carrying the chief executive of the world's biggest oil exporter was prevented from landing in the Chinese capital of Beijing on Tuesday because of thick smog blanketing large swathes of northern China. China declared a 'war on pollution' in 2014 amid concern its heavy industrial past was tarnishing its global reputation and holding back its future development. But it has struggled to reverse the damage done by decades of breakneck economic growth, much of it based on the coal-burning power sector. Despite months of efforts to hone its rapid response systems, air quality deteriorated in parts of the region on Tuesday, with the environment ministry warning that firms were flouting emergency restrictions. (more)

Air pollution in northern Chinese city surpasses WHO guideline by 100 times
19 December 2016 - Concentrations of airborne pollutants in a major northern Chinese city exceeded a World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline by 100 times on Monday as north China battled with poor air quality for the third straight day. Pollution alerts have become increasingly common in China's northern industrial heartland, especially during winter when energy demand -- much of it met by coal -- skyrockets. (more)

Chemical weapon for sale: China's unregulated narcotic
7 October 2016 - For a few thousand dollars, Chinese companies offer to export a powerful chemical that has been killing unsuspecting drug users and is so lethal that it presents a potential terrorism threat, an Associated Press investigation has found. The AP identified 12 Chinese businesses that said they would export the chemical -- a synthetic opioid known as carfentanil -- to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, and Australia for as little as $2,750 a kilogram (2.2 pounds), no quesions asked. Carfentanil burst into view this summer, the latest scourge in an epidemic of opioid abuse that has killed tens of thousands of people in the United States alone. Despite the dangers, carfentanil is not a controlled substance in China, where it is manufactured legally and sold openly online. The U.S. government is pressing China to blacklist carfentanil, but Beijing has yet to act, leaving a substance whose lethal qualities have been compared with nerve gas to flow into foreign markets unabated. China's Ministry of Public Security declined multiple requests for comment from the AP. Before being discovered by drug dealers, carfentanil and substances like it were viewed as chemical weapons. Carfentanil is so deadly that an amount smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person. (more)

China backs GMO soybeans in push for high-tech agriculture
10 August 2016 - China will push for the commercialization of genetically modified soybeans over the next five years. China, which has spent billions of dollars researching GMO crops, has already embraced the technology for cotton but has not yet permitted the cultivation of any biotech food crops amid fears from some consumers over perceived health risks. The blueprint, published on the government's website on Monday, recommended 'pushing forward the commercialization of new pest-resistant cotton, pest-resistant corn, and herbicide-resistant soybeans'. (more)

Natural disasters in China kill more than 800 since June
26 July 2016 - More than 800 people have died and about 200 are missing in a series of natural disasters that have struck China since June, the worst casualty figures since a similar period in 2011, state media said on Tuesday, 26 June. Large parts of central, eastern, and northern China have been hit by flooding this summer, while a typhoon left a wave of destruction this month and a freak tornado killed at least 98 in the eastern province of Jiangsu in June. Since the year began, 1,074 people have died in natural disasters. (more)

Floods in China kill almost 130, wipe out crops
5 July 2016 - Severe flooding across central and southern China over the past week has killed almost 130 people, damaged more than 1.9 million hectares of crops, and led to direct economic losses of more than 38 billion yuan ($5.70 billion), state media said on Tuesday, 5 July. More than 1.3 million people have been forced out of their homes, it said. Weather forecasts predicted more downpours during what is traditionally China's flood season. (more)

China says important glacier is melting due to climate change
7 June 2016 - A glacier that is one of the largest at the source of China's Yangtze River is fast retreating because of climate change, state media said. The Jianggudiru Glacier on Geladaindong Mountain in a remote part of the western province of Qinghai started to shrink slowly in the 1970s, then expanded between 1989 and 1994 before retreating more quickly from 1995, Pu said, Xinhua reported late on Tuesday. (more)

China's drugs watchdog struggles as senior staff lured away by industry
22 May 2016 - Promises of higher salaries and greater freedom at work are luring officials from China's high-profile drugs watchdog to the companies they had regulated, a blow just as the country looks to tighten oversight and drive innovation. (more)

China: Mattel targeted by mysterious cyber-thieves
29 March 2016 - Sophisticated cyber-thieves tricked Mattel Inc., the Los-Angeles based maker of Barbie dolls, into sending over $3 million to a Chinese bank account they controlled. The funds were swept up in a tide of dirty money that passes through China, which is emerging as global money laundering hub. Wenzhou, a gritty enclave on China's eastern coast, is emerging as a significant transit point in global money-laundering networks. (more)

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