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  • Empowering Local Communities to Protect Qinghai Plateau
    Sep 28, 2017

    “A villager called us through the walky-talky and told us that a wild donkey was hurt,” says Wen Zhou. “Whilst they were collecting trash they witnessed a wild donkey running from two wolves. It hit the fence, hurting its ankle, and now we need to get over there to help!

  • Abandoning Harmful Chemicals to Protect Ozone Layer

    A chemical commonly used in Chinese factories to clean all types of screens such as TV’s and computers and linked to causing damage to the earth’s ozone layer, may soon be phased out. The chemical known as HCFC-141 b is said to deplete the ozone layer, exposing people to harmful radiations. Such radiation is reported to be responsible for an increase in cases of skin cancer, deaths of animal species and global warming.

  • Saving the Planet, One Appliance at a Time

    I have a degree in Applied Chemistry, but I did not know much about Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and their damaging nature until I started working on pesticide management in 2007 in Hubei Province. Through my job I learnt that improper dismantling and processing of e-waste releases organic Pollutants that have a detrimental impact on human health and the environment. To give you an idea of the scale of the issue – it has been estimated that in 2015 alone, the number of e-waste items recycled in China amounted to 152.74 million pieces! So this is a challenging task for those of us who work on waste management, but, I think that we are now on the right track.

  • Sustainable Water Management Promises Better Livelihood for Fishermen

    “Those living on a mountain live off the mountain. Those living near the water live off the water. We live on a great marshland but still have little usable land or water,” said Liu Yanjiang, a local 50 year-old fisherman living in Dahuangbawa wetland of Haihe basin.

  • Upgrading Lifestyle for the Birds and People

    With its unique grassland mountains and wetlands, Qinghai province provides the ideal shelter for many wildlife species. With its cold atmosphere and abundant water supply, the Naren wetland possesses rich biodiversity, attracting wildlife like black-neck cranes.

  • Straws: From Unwanted Waste to Biomass Energy and Women Empowerment

    Straw was once welcomed by villagers in Xianhe village, Shanxi province as the agricultural by-product that could be used as food to feed the animals and fuel to heat up the stoves and clay beds. With China’s rapid development in technology and economy, farmers no longer consider straw as an essential commodity but instead burn it as unwanted waste during the harvest season.

  • New Ways to Conserve the Tibetan Forests

    The Bazhu Village has been peacefully nested on the hillside of the Beng Bu Shen Ge Sacred mountain, beside the Jingshajiang River for decades. Thanks to the Tibetan culture and Buddhist teachings of the region, which instills respect for life and nature, the villagers have been preserving the forests and shelters of many precious wildlife for the past 800 years.

  • Sustainable Forest Management Boosts Development of Carbon Markets

    The mountain scenery of Miyun County has changed over recent decades. Before the 1980s, mountains in Miyun were barren, with only a thin layer of soil covering the mountain rocks. It was difficult to spot trees; instead, there were only naturally-grown shrubs which were less effective in soil and water conservation.

  • Improving Local Livelihoods by Protecting the Ningxia Desert

    “The cold winds from the north and the west blew up the sands, and all you could see was sand – everywhere,” recounted Liu Zhanyou, the Village Chief of Liuyaotou, Ningxia. The desert-like Ningxia environment is known for its harsh living conditions, making everyday life difficult for local villagers like Liu En. The Liuyaotou villagers, residing on the borders of the Mu Us desert where the annual precipitation is less than 250mm, have to rely on sheep husbandry as their source of income.

  • Heating the Community Centre with Cleaner Air

    Together with approximately 9,000 residents, Zhang Shaocheng lives in Zhaofeng, an old district in Tianjiang. In the past during the smoggy winters, they had to bear the repugnant smell of diesel fumes and lived in constant fear of a potential boiler explosion.

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