China making good use of science and technology to tackle climate change
November 17,2017 By:Xinhua
November 17, 2017 -- China has launched a new meteorological satellite to monitor carbon emissions, one of a slew of measures made by the country to combat climate change.
As delegations from various countries are discussing how to implement the Paris Agreement at the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), China is making good use of science and technology in combatting global warming, with satellites, new energy vehicles (NEVs), clean energy the highlights.
The satellite launched Wednesday, Fengyun-3D, will work in tandem with Fengyun-3C, already in orbit, improving atmospheric sounding and monitoring greenhouse gases.
One of the main tasks of the satellite is to monitor global radiation, snow and ice cover, and sea surface temperature. It will also obtain the distribution of greenhouse gases and ozone, providing information for short-term climate monitoring and climate change forecasting.
According to experts, the country will send up another four Fengyun-3 satellites around 2018 to 2021, which will nearly double the efficiency of meteorology monitoring system.
Other recent anti-global warming technology includes the weather satellite Fengyun-4 as well as its first carbon monitoring satellite TanSat launched last December.
Besides weather monitoring and forecasting, Fengyun-4 is able to provide evidence for climate change forecasts. It can closely detect temperature changes on the surface of the entire western Pacific and the Indian Ocean.
TanSat was China's first satellites to monitor greenhouse gas emissions, which is of great importance to a full understanding of the global carbon cycle process and its impact on global climate change, Yang Jun, director general of the National Satellite Meteorological Center, part of the China Meteorological Administration, said in late October.
China is also taking solid measures to fight global warming on the ground.
It is at the forefront of the renewable energy use, with a surge in its number of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and its increasing ability to harness hydro, wind, solar and nuclear power.
Electric vehicle battery producers are flourishing in China. Some of the leading companies have made breakthroughs in the core technology and are competitive in both domestic and overseas markets.
The government has taken solid steps to encourage the use of NEVs, such as tax exemptions, discounts for car purchases and an order for government organizations to buy more NEVs.