China will build massive green cover by 2020: A list of important eco-friendly steps taken by them

Forests in China (Photo courtesy: WWF)

China has always been launching several initiatives to save the environment every other day. Days after building the first largest air purifies, the country has announced the largest green cover with as many as 20,000 national forest villages by 2020 in the country.

Indeed, China has the largest population in the world with 1.411 billion people, for the resources are depleting.

Green steps taken by the government

A few years ago, the Communist Party’s annual congress, Premier Li Keqiang pledged to fight against air pollution in China.

Faced with a problem of severe pollution, China has spent over $100 billion on trees and its total forest cover area is almost 22 per cent.

As much as 93 million was kept for previous year’s budget and was chalked to be used to control pollution sources such as coal, vehicles and dust. Moreover, the country is investing on green initiatives.

All about the green cover in China

Realising the need of the hour, China has been increasing its green cover. According to the statistics, during the 12th five-year plan period (2011-2015), the country completed greening of a total of 13.826 million hectares of rural areas and 1.637 million km of roads.

China will continue to enhance the ecological environment in villages, bring the green coverage rate in rural areas to 30 per cent and build 20,000 national forest villages by 2020, said Liu Dongsheng, Deputy Director of China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

Liu was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying that China will vigorously protect rural ecological resources, continuously strengthen public space, garden greening, beautification, reinforce the construction of road water system and the system of shelter forests for farmlands.

List of initiatives taken by China to save the environment

1. Cap on coal use

This initiative has grabbed all the eye balls lately, as it aimed to reduce coal consumption by 50% between 2013 and 2018 in cities like Beijing and Tangshan, one of the highest polluted cities.

This year, the government took stringent actions against those industries which have surpassed the bar by closing or cancelling around 103 coal-fired power plants.

The country is ready to cut down steel production capacity by another 50 million tons and reduce the power generation by 50 gigawatts.

2. Largest air purifier

Indeed, China is increasing the use of filters and scrubbers in the metropolitan.

After an intensive research conducted by the Institute of Earth Environment at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the city of Xian in Shaanxi province of northern China builds the 100-meter high tower air purifier.

3. World’s highest bridge

It seems that The Beipanjiang Bridge, which is located in South-west China over the Beipan river gorge, is build to save the time and fuel of travellers. Almost 2000 feet deep connects two most remote provinces, namely Xuanwei city in Yunnan province and Shuicheng in Guizhou, saving at least four hours of motorists.

4. Artificial Sun

Aims to release nuclear fusion like that of the sun by using deuterium and tritium, which widely exist in seawater, is providing clean energy for humanity.


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