Tuesday, August 25, 2009

China mulls practical, effective measures to combat climate change

Xinhua (China): Chinese lawmakers are considering practical and effective measures to combat climate change in a draft resolution being deliberated by the country's top legislature on Tuesday. The draft resolution on climate change, submitted to the 10th session of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC), puts forward five guidelines to practical action to better deal with climate change.

… The resolution stresses the country's ability to adapt to climate change should be improved. "We must improve monitoring and early warning systems and prepare ourselves well against extreme weather and climate disasters," it says.

The country must intensify the development of agricultural infrastructure, promote agricultural restructuring, increase research and development on water-saving technologies, and strengthen monitoring and protection of coastal environments, it says.

The resolution says the country should speed up the research, development and promotion of key technologies in energy efficiency, renewable and clean energy and low-carbon energy.

… The government should combine all measures to enhance the ability to tackle climate change issues and serve long-term sustainable economic and social development, the resolution says….

A poster of China's Great Leap Forward (copyright held by Stefan R. Landsberger), from Stefan Landsberger's phenomenal site

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