Feb 09, 2023 05:15 PM

China Green News Briefing: China Solar Silicon Producers Forecast Soaring 2022 Profits

Hello and welcome back to the Caixin China Green News Briefing, your monthly green news dropped from Caixin Global and its SMART Talks+ community! I'm Zhang Yupan, the rotating editor of today's briefing.

Green and Sustainability News From Caixin

China Solar Silicon Producers Forecast Soaring 2022 Profits

#PV Industry

The rising price of photovoltaic(PV) silicon might drive a more than threefold jump in 2022 profits for some of China’s top producers of the raw material used to make solar panels, according to recent company forecasts. Read more here.

In Depth: Lithium Tops Out


The price of lithium, a key material used to make lithium batteries for electric vehicles (EV), has soared due to high demand. But the wave of demand is breaking, and analysts expect prices to plunge this year. With the EV subsidies at an end, how will this affect the Chinese industry? Find out more.

China Solar Firm Plans U.S. Plant in Win for Biden Energy Push

#Solar Energy

JA Solar Technology Co. Ltd., a leading Chinese solar panel manufacturer, has leased space in Phoenix for its first U.S. factory, planned to be worth $60 million. This plant will be able to produce 2 gigawatts of solar panels each year once fully operational. Read more.

Chinese City Experiences Coldest Temperature in Nation’s Records

#Extreme Weather

The temperature in Mohe, a city in North China’s Heilongjiang province, fell to -53 C (-63.4 F) on Jan. 22, beating the county’s previous record low of -52.3 C 54 years ago. Read more about how climate change affects the world we live in.

Collaboration on Pandemics, Climate Change Will Bring China and U.S. Closer, Summers Says


Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said that China and the U.S. can build stronger relations by working together to solve global issues such as the pandemic and climate change. Summers made the comments during a CEO luncheon hosted by Caixin at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting. See more here.

Study: Humans Have Degraded More Than a Third of The Amazon Rainforest (in Chinese)

#Rainforest Protection

Forest fires, edge effects from habitat fragmentation, selective logging, and extreme drought have contributed to the degradation of the Amazon rainforest, accounting for an estimated 38% of the remaining area. These findings were published in the latest issue of the journal Science. Learn more about this study in Chinese.


Global Green Events Calendar

Climate Change and Health: A Health Policy and Bioethics Consortium


Date: February 10, 2023 12: 30 p.m. (EST)

Organizer: The Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School

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Building a Greener Future Through Urban Stability

 New York, U.S. & Virtual 

Date: February 10, 2023 09:30 a.m.-05:00 p.m. (EST)

Organizer: Fordham Law School

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Climate Change and the New Polar Aesthetics—Book Talk with Lisa E. Bloom

 New York, U.S. 

Date: February 16, 2023 07:00 p.m. (EST)

Organizer: The American-Scandinavian Foundation

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International Conference on Climate Change Mitigation Strategies


Date: February 16, 2022 09:00-10:30 a.m. CST

Organizer: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology

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Floral Response to Climate Change in Thoreau’s Woods

 Cambridge, U.S. 

Date: February 23, 2023 08:00 a.m.-02:30 p.m. (EST)

Organizer: Harvard Museum of Natural History

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The 10th World Ocean Summit & Expo: Inspiring Ocean Solutions

 Lisbon, Portugal 

Date: February 27-March 1, 2023 (WET)

Organizer: The Economist

Find out More


Voice from the Future

Smart Talks: Four Suggestions to Bridge the Policy Gap on Climate Change

By Zhang Yupan

In the summer of 2022, multiple regions around the world reported record-breaking, life-threatening high temperatures. In China, most southern provinces experienced long-lasting extreme temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius. In Europe, persistent lack of precipitation due to heatwaves resulted in diminished water storage, lower crop yields and reduced hydropower generation.

These are all effects of climate change, more specifically, global warming. Carbon dioxide emissions caused by humans since the Industrial Revolution have led to global warming, posing a huge threat to all living organisms on this planet, including humans ourselves. If we don’t take action to effectively mitigate climate change, that is just the start of the story...[Read more]


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