06:11 29.09.2020

How the world reacted to the pandemic

This feature takes a birds eye view on what has happened in the last 9 months and how specific countries, and together as a global effort, have reacted and responded. Addressing the source of the virus in China, the country’s refusal to allow an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus is addressed alongside the country not always accepting that it originated in the country.
Source: The Independent
06:08 29.09.2020

China’s success in improving air quality by cutting pollution emissions may worsen climate change

It has been revealed from scientists from Carnegie Institution for Science that China’s progress in improving air quality but cutting emissions may fundamentally have a negative effect on climate change as a whole. Simply put, changes in pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and black carbon also affect radiative forcing with sulphate aerosol being the dominant cooling agent in the atmosphere.
Source: SciTechDaily
05:35 27.09.2020

'Two-headed beast': China's coal addiction erodes climate goals

This article highlights how China’s new and significant investment in coal power in 2020 is damaging its renewable energy market and the country’s potential for future sustainable reform. This article also details the notable lack of planning and strategy behind the government’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2060.
Source: Phys.org
05:32 26.09.2020

Bloomberg New Economy: China’s Big Climate Change Paradox

According to this article, President Xi Jinping’s undetailed promise last week to the UN that by 2060 China will be carbon neutral is essentially wholly undermined by the fact that both the consumption of coal is increasing in the country and China is now emitting more carbon into the atmosphere than it was last year. The article suggests the pledge to the UN was politically motivated, as the country’s sustainable and non-sustainable sectors continue to conflict each other as China attempts to ignite the economy following the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Bloomberg
14:51 23.09.2020

Global report: Donald Trump calls 200,000 US coronavirus deaths 'a shame'

200,000 deaths from Covid-19 were a ‘shame’ in the response from Donald Trump when asked about the milestone statistic in the country’s fight against the pandemic. The US had the most deaths in the world. Trump also blamed China, where the virus emerged late last year, saying the country should have “stopped it at the border” and went on to say: “China let this happen, and just remember that.
Source: The Guardan
21:00 22.09.2020

Trump demands UN holds China to account for coronavirus pandemic

US President, Donald Trump has demanded that the UN holds China accountable for the Coronavirus pandemic, as he defended his own handling of Covid-19 in America. Trump refers to Covid-19 as the "Chinavirus". He believes that China wants to punish American, by attacking their environmental record, while ignoring China’s rampant pollution are not interested in the environment.
Source: ITV News
15:57 22.09.2020

Chinese tycoon who criticized Xi Jinping's handling of coronavirus jailed for 18 years

According to the article, a Chinese billionaire with close ties to senior Chinese officials, who criticised President Xi Jinping’s handling of the pandemic, has now been jailed for 18 years. This follows his disappearance in March, following an alleged ‘scathing essay’ which he wrote that month criticizing Xi Jinping’s negative response to the virus.
Source: CNN
14:12 22.09.2020

Air pollution: 30 million in China died from polluted air in 17 years – study

China accounts for 30% of the worlds carbon emissions according to 2018 data from Statista. In recent years, China has become industrialised in its efforts to catch up with the western world. However this has not come without consequences. Research shows 30.8 million people in China suffered premature deaths between 2000 and 2016. Satellite data which shows information from pollution monitoring stations and maps reveals where roads with heavy traffic and big factories were.
Source: Daily Express
13:43 12.09.2020

China cover-up: Beijing scientist promises proof coronavirus made in Wuhan weapons lab

According to a Chinese scientist currently hiding in the US, China covered up the coronavirus outbreak and also hid the origins of how the pandemic started, which the virologist claims were ‘manmade in a Wuhan laboratory’. In the article, the virologist highlights how she fled to the US for safety and how she will soon publish evidence of the government’s involvement.
Source: Daily Express