Climate policy pledges are an important step forward but fall short of 2 C
Pledges to reduce emissions in China, Europe and the US provide an important step forward for climate change action, but a more comprehensive effort is needed to stabilize the climate below critical thresholds. ...
Ancient wisdom boosts sustainability of biotech cotton
Advocates of biotech crops and those who favor traditional farming practices such as crop diversity often seem worlds apart, but a new study shows that these two approaches can be compatible. An international ...
Ancient balloon-shaped animal fossil sheds light on Earth's ancient seas
A rare 520 million year old fossil shaped like a 'squashed bird's nest' that will help to shed new light on life within Earth's ancient seas has been discovered in China by an international research team ...
New age of the Lantian Homo erectus cranium extending to about 1.63 million years ago
According to paper published online November 20 in the Journal of Human Evolution, the age of the Lantian Homo erectus cranium from Gongwangling, Lantian County, Shaanxi Province, China, is likely half a ...
Ancient avian bones found in China may be oldest example of chicken domestication
China's new 'Great Wall' not so great, hurting wetlands, economy
China's second great wall, a vast seawall covering more than half of the country's mainland coastline, is a foundation for financial gain - and also a dyke holding a swelling rush of ecological woes.
China researchers plan Mars mission 'around 2020'
Chinese scientists are planning to launch a Mars rover "around 2020", state media reported on Tuesday, as the country pours billions into its space programme and works to catch up with the US and Europe.
Confucian thought and China's environmental dilemmas
Conventional wisdom holds that China - the world's most populous country - is an inveterate polluter, that it puts economic goals above conservation in every instance. So China's recent moves toward an apparent ...
Short-necked Triassic marine reptile discovered in China
A new species of short-necked marine reptile from the Triassic period has been discovered in China, according to a study published December 17, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Xiao-hong Chen f ...
China's Baidu invests in controversial taxi app Uber
Chinese search engine Baidu, the country's equivalent of Google, announced Wednesday it has bought a stake in Uber for an undisclosed sum, as the controversial US web-based taxi app seeks to expand into an already crowded ...
Crude oil cargo for ESA's first flight with China
ESA is finalising its first experiment on a Chinese space mission: small containers of crude oil will help to improve our understanding of oil reservoirs buried kilometres underground.
China's Baidu to invest in taxi app Uber
Chinese search engine Baidu, the country's equivalent of Google, will make a strategic investment of up to $600 million in the popular but controversial US taxi app Uber, state media said Friday.
Sony to launch PlayStation consoles in China from January
Japanese gaming giant Sony is to offer its PlayStation consoles in China from January, the company said, following rival Microsoft into the potentially lucrative market after China ended a 14-year ban.
US, China, EU carbon pledges better not enough: report
New plans by the United States, China, and European Union to curb carbon emissions would yield global warming of about three degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit), a better-than-predicted but still unsafe ...