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August 5, 2009

Photo/Graphics Exhibition held Wuhan on the World Environmental Day

 A large public photo/graphics exhibition on green living was held in Wuhan on the World Environmental Day, June 5,
 as a part of the ongoing China Environmental Awareness project, co-sponsored by UNDP, Ministry of Environmental
 Protection and IFCE. The project is executed by Wuhan Green Environmental Service Center. Around ten thousands
 citizen visited the exhibition. The photo/graphics were mostly provided by All China Environmental Federation.

Visit ‘Butterfly Valley’ in Yunnan

Recently, Ms. Linda Lian, IFCE Yunnan office director, visited the so called China’s ‘Butterfly Valley’, which is located at
Maandi Commune, Jingping County, southern Yunnan. In an area of less than 3 km², there are millions of various
species of butterflies. Scientists observed app. 400 species butterflies so far, including several first-class endangered
ones. The site was discovered ten years ago by a small group of professionals and they have been conducting research
and observations since then, but the public know little about it. IFCE, in partner with the Yunnan Natural and Cultural
Conservation Council, plans to help local government to protect the area and establish long-term research and
education facilities and gradually open the area to the public. For more info, please contact Linda at
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                                                           Arrow Ring Butterflies in Maandi

Biodiversity conservation assessment in Inner Mongolia

IFCE recently completed the initial assessment of biodiversity conservation status in Alashan, Inner Mongolia. The
assessment report is currently under the review by professionals in local governments and research institutes. Once
comments are received, the assessment report will be finalized. The report includes recommendations to further
enhance coordination among government agencies and integrate the conservation actions into regional development
plan. For more info, please contact Dr. Xiaojun Li at

                                                         A view of Alashan region
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NGO Annual Conference to be held in October

IFCE, in partnership with the All China Environmental Federation and UNEP, is to organize the 4th Annual Environmental
NGO Conference on Oct. 30-31, in Beijing. The main theme is to promote ecological civilization and develop an
environment-friendly society. Topics include policy and government responses, biodiversity conservation, water and
eco-system, NGOs development in China, climate change and ecology, and NGO project demo and promotion. Besides
the conference, IFCE will organize a one-day NGO capacity training workshop on Nov. 1. We anticipated app. 350
people from NGO community, government agencies, research institutes, int’l groups, and major media to join the event.
For more info, please check

Board meeting held in DC

A board of directors meeting was held in Washington, DC on July 29. Ping He reviewed the operations in the 1st half of
the year and discussed the projects/activities in the 2nd half. Besides NGO meeting on Oct. 30-31, IFCE will also work
with College Environmental Forum on their 6th annual meeting to be held in Chongqing on Oct. 4-6. Other initiatives
include continuing community health and environmental education programs in Beijing, conducting a public exhibition
on the Thousand-lake reserve in Kunming, and making a pamphlet on climate change in China.

Dr. Ping He Helped Set the Record Straight on China

When asked by a reporter about what China was doing on climate change Dr. He helped show that China is making
progress towards a greener economy. He commented on the push by the Central Government to weed out local
officials who were not implemented the laws. Dr. He found it “quite impressive” that the new policy is being followed
through with as forcefully as it is.

Dr. He pointed out that China is on course to reduce emissions by 2010. China is developing renewable energy sources
to be built instead of the coal plants being opened right now. The country is expected to be a leader in several fields
within the near future.

US Energy Secretary Chu Announces Joint Building Efficiency MOU with China

The Department of Energy (DOE) and Ministry of Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) signed a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) July 15 on behalf of the United States and China respectively. The MOU agrees that the two
countries will work together to improve building energy efficiency. This is important since in the US 75% of the energy
produces goes to powering building while the number is 40% worldwide, and nearly half of all floor space being built
worldwide is happening in China.
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Nearly 30% of building emissions can be eliminated at no net cost by simply upgrading old buildings and using modern
equipment in new ones. The countries will exchange experts and technicians in order to explore more possibilities for
energy savings in buildings.

"Making buildings more efficient represents one of the greatest, and most immediate opportunities we have to create
jobs, save money, save energy and reduce carbon pollution," said Secretary Chu. "Our goal should be buildings that are
80 percent more efficient. Doing so will save families money and create millions of jobs in both countries."

China and US Announce the Creation of a Joint Clean Energy Research Center

Announced on July 14, the joint project will have headquarters in both countries as the two countries will share
knowledge and research as the Center will act as a “clearinghouse to help researchers in each country.” The Research
Center will serve to advance knowledge on a range of topics with initial priority given to building energy efficiency,
clean coal, and clean vehicles.

"As major energy producers and consumers, China and the United States are complementary in energy technology,"
said Chinese Science and Technology Minister Wan Gang.

China, U.S. Renew Commitment on Global Climate Change Treaty

On July 28 China and the U.S. agreed to redouble their efforts to craft a new climate change treaty, adding to the
pressure on the two largest polluters to break a stalemate over how to curb global warming. The countries signed a
memorandum of understanding (MOU) calling for a deeper cooperation on clean energy technology. The agreement
includes cooperation on renewable energy, smart grid technologies, electric vehicles, carbon capture and sequestration,
joint research and development, clean air and water and protection of natural resources.

“Both China and the U.S. recognize the importance of financing and technological support to the success of the
Copenhagen conference,” said Xie Zhenhua, China’s vice minister of the National Development and Reform

China builds High Wall to Guard Energy Industry

China has built the world’s largest solar panel manufacturing industry by exporting over 95 percent of its output to
the United States and Europe. But when China authorized its first solar power plant this spring, it required that at least
80 percent of the equipment be made in China. When the Chinese government took bids this spring for 25 large
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contracts to supply wind turbines, every contract was won by one of seven domestic companies. All six multinationals
that submitted bids were disqualified on various technical grounds, like not providing sufficiently detailed data.

Lu Hong, the program officer for renewable energy in the Beijing office of the Energy Foundation, a nonprofit group
seeking to support sustainable energy, said that China was willing to invest heavily in renewable energy industries, even
though wind and solar energy costs are higher than for coal, precisely because it helps the Chinese economy.

China Seeks Dominance in Clean Energy -


Departments of Treasury & Energy Announce $3 Billion for Renewable Energy

On July 9 part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act was devoted towards renewable energy on July 9 as part
of President Obama’s plan to work towards a greener infrastructure in the United States and energy independence. It
also is designed to try and make some initial steps towards trying to make goodwill gestures going into the Copenhagen
meeting in December. A large portion has already been put towards research & development as well as the
construction of green infrastructure.

This money devoted to the green sector is also supposed to provide jobs to the US economy. With the money being
spread out in projects around the country it will try and boost the economy nationwide from the ground up. Money
will go to direct financing instead of only the tax credits used in previous years because the economic downturn has
affected the funds available for startup.

House Passes Waxman-Markey Energy Bill

After months of markups and amendments to strike compromises the anticipated clean energy and climate change bill
that President Obama made one of his campaign issues was passed in the House of Representatives on June 26. The
vote passed the House 219-212 only after some compromises struck earlier in the week gained the votes from key
farm-state Democrats. The bill is designed to set emissions reductions for the short, medium and long-term.

The bill meets the initial expectations of what should be produced at the Copenhagen and is seen as a way for the US to
take the lead in moving towards a green economy. The Senate while receptive towards the passage of an energy bill
has shown to be very skeptical on the bill as presented to them. One of the more controversial items in the bill was a
carbon tariff against countries that did not follow suit and reduce emissions, though the tariff is not expected to make it
through the Senate as is.
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IPCC Chief Raps G-8, Calls for Global Greenhouse Emissions Cuts After 2015

The chief of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change criticized the Group of Eight summit participants on July
20 for ignoring the IPCC's scientific findings and the declaration that emerged from the 2007 U.N. climate conference in
Bali, Indonesia, in which leaders agreed to work toward a new treaty limiting average global temperature increase to 2
degrees Celsius. Though simultaneously praising the 2-degree commitment as "clearly a big step forward" in
international talks, IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri said.

Pachauri acknowledged the tough state of international negotiations leading to climate talks in Copenhagen in
December. The talks appear to be bogged down as the industrialized world presses for large developing countries to
commit to action, with developing nations firing back, as First World emitters have thus far failed to prove that they can
live up to promises they have already made, including many of the targets spelled out in the Kyoto Protocol.
Nevertheless, the IPCC chief expressed confidence that a strong agreement can be reached in Copenhagen.

WWF and Other NGOs Draft Benchmark Copenhagen Climate Change Treaty

Climate change experts from leading non-governmental organizations unveiled their blueprint on June 8 for a legally
binding Copenhagen agreement. This will serve as the benchmark for governments negotiating a new climate deal this
year and shows how major differences between rich and poor nations can be overcome. This will serve as the
benchmark for governments negotiating a new climate deal this year and shows how major differences between rich
and poor nations can be overcome.

The 160-page “Copenhagen Climate Treaty”, which will be distributed to negotiators from 192 states, took some of the
world’s most experienced climate NGOs almost a year to write and contains a full legal text covering all the main
elements needed to provide the world with a fair and ambitious agreement that keeps climate change impacts below
the unacceptable risk levels identified by most scientists.


                                                                                                edited by Francis Newton

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