CGTN: Rooted in tradition, China’s green roads to the low-carbon future

BEIJING, May 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Since the dawn of industrialization, mankind has created unprecedented material wealth. However, this prosperity has come at a heavy cost to nature.

Humans today use as much ecological resources as if they lived on 1.6 Earths, according to Global Footprint Network. This means it now takes the Earth one year and eight months to regenerate what humans use in a year.

Putting forward the idea that “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets,” Chinese President Xi Jinping has often reiterated that “protecting ecological environment and pushing sustainable development are our joint obligations.” After all, as he puts it, “We only have one Earth.”

‘Well-measured use of natural resources’

Well-measured use of natural resources is the key to ecological conservation. We need to promote a simpler, greener and low-carbon lifestyle, oppose excessiveness and wastefulness, and foster a culture of living green and healthy.

 –  Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 28, 2019

During the opening ceremony of the International Horticultural Exhibition in 2019, President Xi clarified the path to ecological conservation by quoting the aforementioned excerpt from “Zizhi Tongjian,” or “Comprehensive Mirror in Aid of Governance,” a pioneering reference work in Chinese historiography by Sima Guang (1019-1086) of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).

The idea of restrained use of resources has taken on new meanings in today’s China. As Xi noted in his speech, “The development model of ‘killing the hens for eggs’ and ‘draining the lake for fish’ is at a dead end. The future will be illuminated by eco-friendly development that is in accordance with the rules of nature.”

Pursuing green, low-carbon and innovation-driven development is the backbone of efforts driving China toward its goal of becoming a modern socialist country.

In 2018, China incorporated the idea of ecological civilization into its Constitution for the first time. The country’s latest five-year plan also paves the way for its promise of peaking carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.

The 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) vows to lower energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) and carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 13.5 percent and 18 percent, respectively, during the 2021-2025 period.

China has also pledged to increase the forest stock volume by six billion cubic meters by 2030 from the 2005 level and bring its total installed capacity of wind and solar power to over 1.2 billion kilowatts.

Delivering on promise

President Xi has on many occasions stated China’s commitment to ensuring harmonious coexistence between humans and nature, a goal that China pursues with deeds.

In the past 10 years, China has ranked first globally in terms of the increase in forest resources, with its afforestation area exceeding 70 million hectares. Meanwhile, 90 percent of terrestrial ecosystem types and 85 percent of key wild animal populations are under effective state protection.

A country whose economic progress over the past decades was largely powered by coal is now among the world’s biggest investors in renewable energy, owning 30 percent of the global installed capacity of renewable energy.

Furthermore, the share of coal energy consumption in the country dropped from 60.4 percent in 2017 to 56.8 percent in 2020, and clean energy consumption went up from 19.1 percent in 2016 to 24.3 percent in 2020, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics.

By 2019, the country’s carbon emissions had decreased by 48.1 percent compared with the figure in 2005, reversing the trend of rapid carbon dioxide emission surge, according to a white paper on energy development released on December 21, 2020, by the State Council Information Office.

“The task is extremely challenging,” President Xi said, referring to China’s promises on tackling climate change, at the recent China-France-Germany video summit. “But China will deliver on its promises.”

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COVID-19 has caused 6.9 million deaths globally, more than double what official reports show

New analysis from IHME highlights the true toll of the pandemic

SEATTLE, May 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Globally, COVID-19 has caused approximately 6.9 million deaths, more than double what official numbers show, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. IHME found that COVID-19 deaths are significantly underreported in almost every country. The updated analysis shows that the United States has had more COVID-19 deaths to-date than any other country, a total of more than 905,000. By region, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia were hardest hit in terms of total deaths. This figure only includes deaths caused directly by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, not deaths caused by the pandemic’s disruption to health care systems and communities.

“As terrible as the COVID-19 pandemic appears, this analysis shows that the actual toll is significantly worse,” said Dr. Chris Murray, IHME’s director. “Understanding the true number of COVID-19 deaths not only helps us appreciate the magnitude of this global crisis, but also provides valuable information to policymakers developing response and recovery plans.”

The 20 countries with the highest number of total COVID-19 deaths, March 2020­–May 2021 

Country Total COVID-19 deaths Reported COVID-19 deaths
United States of America 905,289 574,043
India 654,395 221,181
Mexico 617,127 217,694
Brazil 595,903 408,680
Russian Federation 593,610 109,334
United Kingdom 209,661 150,519
Italy 175,832 121,257
Iran 174,177 72,906
Egypt 170,041 13,529
South Africa 160,452 54,390
Poland 149,855 68,237
Peru 147,765 62,739
Ukraine 138,507 46,737
France 132,680 105,506
Spain 123,786 85,365
Germany 120,729 83,256
Indonesia 115,743 45,938
Japan 108,320 10,390
Romania 87,649 28,382
Kazakhstan 81,696 5,620

Many deaths from COVID-19 go unreported because countries only report deaths that occur in hospitals or in patients with a confirmed infection. In many places, weak health reporting systems and low access to health care magnify this challenge.

IHME’s analysis found that the largest number of unreported deaths occurred in countries that have had the largest epidemics to-date. However, some countries with relatively smaller epidemics saw a large increase in the death rate when accounting for unreported deaths. This analysis shows that they may be at greater risk for a wider epidemic than previously thought.

“Many countries have devoted exceptional effort to measuring the pandemic’s toll, but our analysis shows how difficult it is to accurately track a new and rapidly spreading infectious disease,” Murray said. “We hope that today’s report will encourage governments to identify and address gaps in their COVID-19 mortality reporting, so that they can more accurately direct pandemic resources.” Moving forward, IHME’s COVID-19 modeling, which forecasts the potential course of the pandemic over the next several months, will be based on these estimates of total COVID-19 deaths. IHME’s modeling is updated weekly and can be accessed at


These estimates are based on IHME’s long-standing methodology for measuring the burden of diseases on a global scale. Since 1990, the Global Burden of Disease study has measured the total human cost of diseases.

IHME estimated total COVID-19 deaths by comparing anticipated deaths from all causes based on pre-pandemic trends with the actual number of all-cause deaths during the pandemic. This “excess mortality” figure was then adjusted to remove deaths indirectly attributable to the pandemic (for example, due to people with non-COVID conditions avoiding health care facilities) as well as deaths averted by the pandemic (for example, declines in traffic deaths due to lower mobility). The resulting adjusted estimates include only deaths directly due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. A detailed write-up on methodology is available on IHME’s website.

About the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research organization at the University of Washington School of Medicine that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME is committed to transparency and makes this information widely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions on allocating resources to improve population health.


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HF Markets (DIFC) Ltd to attend iFX EXPO Dubai 2021

DUBAI, UAE, May 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — On 19th May the leading and largest B2B conference in online trading, financial services and fintech opens its doors to event guests in Dubai, at iFX EXPO. HF Markets (DIFC) Ltd, the local subsidiary of HF Markets Group, is attending as event sponsor and exhibitor.

The eagerly anticipated iFX EXPO will take place at the exclusive 5-star Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai from 19-20 May 2021. Trusted by thousands of brands, the event is set to connect high-level executives in financial services and fintech from around the world.

During the two-day event, HF Markets (DIFC) Ltd representatives will welcome visitors and clients at the official company exhibition booth no.89 and provide them with a series of valuable information on the award-winning services of the company. Attendees will also have the opportunity to book a private session in advance, to meet with a member of the team and interact in person.

An HF Markets (DIFC) Ltd spokesperson commented: “We are excited to participate in such a prestigious event and be among industry pioneers. Our team will be looking forward to meeting with everyone who wishes to receive first-hand information about our award-winning affiliate program, the trading environment and multiple trading options that HF Markets (DIFC) Ltd offers to its regional traders.”

HF Markets (DIFC) Ltd is looking forward to meeting existing and prospective clients at iFX Expo Dubai 19-20 May 2021.

Visit the company’s website for more details about the event and to book your appointment.

About HF Markets Group

HF Markets Group, of which HF Markets (DIFC) Ltd is the locally DFSA regulated subsidiary, is an award winning forex and commodities broker, providing trading services and facilities to both retail and institutional clients. Through its policy of providing the best possible trading conditions to its clients and allowing both scalpers and traders using advanced trading AI algorithms unrestricted access to its liquidity. HF Markets Group has positioned itself as the forex broker of choice for traders worldwide. HF Markets Group offers various accounts types, trading software and tools to facilitate individuals and institutional customers to trade Forex and CFDs online.

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Knight-Hennessy Scholars announces new scholars in its 2021 cohort representing 26 countries and 37 graduate degree programs at Stanford

STANFORD, Calif., May 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program ( at Stanford University announced its 2021 cohort of 76 new scholars, with students from 26 countries, pursuing degrees in 37 graduate degree programs across all seven of Stanford’s graduate schools. The 76 new scholars will be joined by five scholars deferring from 2020, bringing the cohort size to 81. Profiles of the 2021 Knight-Hennessy Scholars are here ( and summary statistics are here (PDF LINK).

Denning House. Photo Credit: Henrik Kam

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program cultivates and supports a highly engaged, multidisciplinary and multicultural community of graduate students from across Stanford University, and delivers a diverse collection of educational experiences, preparing graduates to address complex challenges facing the world. Knight-Hennessy Scholars participate in the King Global Leadership Program and receive up to three years of financial support to pursue a graduate degree program in any of Stanford’s seven graduate schools.

“At a time when humanity faces difficult challenges ranging from the pandemic to climate change to racial justice, we are delighted to welcome a set of scholars determined to contribute to finding solutions and making a better world,” said John L. Hennessy, president emeritus and the Shriram Family Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.

The program strives to develop transformational leaders who have a strong cross-cultural perspective, create a bold vision for the future, inspire others through their words and actions, and are committed to a greater good. The King Global Leadership Program provides a collection of community building experiences, interactive workshops, meetings with global leaders, and personal development opportunities.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program has no quotas or restrictions based on region, college or university, field of study, or career aspiration. Among new 2021 scholars, 57% are women and 46% hold a passport from a non-U.S. country. Fifty-six percent of U.S. scholars identify as a person of color, and 11% have served in the U.S. military. The scholars earned undergraduate degrees at 16 international and 32 U.S. institutions. Twenty percent are the first in their family to attend college.

The inaugural cohort enrolled in 2018, and the fourth cohort brings the total scholar count to 270 to date. The program will eventually increase the intake of scholars to 100 per year. Scholars are selected based on their demonstration of independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and a civic mindset. “Each scholar is selected to add a unique perspective to the cohort, contributing to a highly multicultural and multidisciplinary community,” said Tina Seelig, Executive Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.

The application for the 2022 cohort will open August 1 and is due October 6. The program offers online information sessions to describe the community, program, and admission process.

About Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Announced in 2016, the program is named for Phil Knight, MBA ’62, philanthropist and co-founder of Nike Inc., and John Hennessy, chairman of Alphabet Inc. and president of Stanford (2000-2016). Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed graduate fellowship in the world.

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‫أعلن برنامج نايت هينيسي سكولارز عن التحاق باحثين جدد بفوج عام 2021 ممثلين 26 دولة و37 برنامجًا للدراسات العليا في جامعة ستانفورد.

 جامعة ستانفورد، كاليفورنيا، 6 مايو 2021 /PRNewswire/ — أعلن برنامج نايت هينيسي سكولارز ( في جامعة ستانفورد عن التحاق 76 باحثًا جديدًا بفوج عام 2021، مع وجود طلاب من 26 دولة، يسعون للحصول على درجات علمية في 37 برنامجًا للدراسات العليا في جميع كليات الدراسات العليا السبع الموجودين في جامعة ستانفورد. وبالإضافة إلى انضمام 76 باحثًا جديدًا، سينظم للبرنامج خمس باحثين مؤجلين من عام 2020، بحيث يصبح إجمالي عدد الباحثين بالفوج 81 باحثًا. يرد في الرابط التالي الملفات التعريفية الخاصة بالباحثين المشاركين في برنامج نايت هينيسي سكولارز لعام 2021 ( وترد بالرابط التالي إحصاءات موجزة (رابط ملف بصيغة بي دي إف).

Denning House. Photo Credit: Henrik Kam

ينمي برنامج نايت هينيسي سكولارز مجتمعًا من الطلاب الخريجين الملتزمين تمامًا ومتعددي التخصصات والثقافات في نطاق جامعة ستانفورد ويدعمهم، ويقدم مجموعة متنوعة من التجارب التعليمية، حيث يعمل على تحضير الخريجين للتصدي التحديات المعقدة التي تواجه العالم. يشارك الباحثين من برنامج نايت هينيسي سكولارز في برنامج ذا كينج للقيادة العالمي “The King Global Leadership Programويتلقون الدعم المالي لفترة تصل إلى ثلاث سنوات للمشاركة في أحد برامج الدراسات العليا في أي من كليات الدراسات العليا السبع الموجودين في جامعة ستانفورد.

 قال جون إل.هينيسي، الرئيس الفخري ومدير عائلة شري رام في برنامج نايت هينيسي سكولارز “وفي الوقت الذي تشهد فيه البشرية تحديات تمتد من انتشار الجائحة وتصل حتى تغير المناخ والعدالة العرقية، يسرنا أن نرحب بمجموعة من الباحثين الذين من المقرر أن يساهموا في التوصل إلى حلول وجعل العالم مكانًا أفضل”

يسعى البرنامج لإعداد قادة قادرين على إحداث تغيير ولديهم رؤية شاملة لعدد من الثقافات، وخلق رؤية جريئة للمستقبل وإلهام الآخرين من خلال أقوالهم وأفعالهم وملتزمين بتحقيق المصلحة العامة. يقدم برنامج ذا كينج للقيادة العالمي مجموعة من التجارب وورش العمل التفاعلية واجتماعات مع قادة عالميين وفرص للتنمية الذاتية بحيث تسهم في بناء المجتمع.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University

 لا يقوم برنامج نايت هينيسي سكولارز على نظام الحصص ولا يخضع لأي قيود تتصل بالدين أو الكلية أو الجامعة أو مجال الدراسة أو التطلعات الوظيفية. تصل نسبة النساء بين الباحثين الجدد لعام 2021 إلى 57% و46% من الباحثين يحملون جواز سفر من خارج الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية. ستة وخمسون بالمئة من الباحثين المتواجدين في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية من أصحاب البشرة الملونة و11% منهم خدموا في الجيش الأمريكي. حصل الباحثون على درجاتهم الجامعية من 16 مؤسسة عالمية و32 مؤسسة تقع في الولايات المتحدة. عشرون بالمئة منهم هم أول من يرتاد الجامعة في أسرتهم.

 التحق الفوج الأول بالبرنامج عام 2018، ومع تسجيل الفوج الرابع وصل إجمالي عدد الباحثين المشاركين حتى الآن إلى 270 باحثًا. مع مرور الوقت، سيقوم البرنامج بزيادة عدد المشاركين ليصل إلى 100 باحث في العام الواحد. يتم اختيار الباحثين وفقًا لما يتضح منهم من استقلالية في الفكر والقيادة الهادفة والعقلية المدنية. قالت تينا سيليج، المديرة التنفيذية لبرنامج نايت هينيسي سكولارز “يتم اختيار كل باحث حتى يضيف رؤية فريدة إلى الفوج، ويساهم في مجتمع متعدد التخصصات والثقافات”.

سيبدأ التقديم على الالتحاق بفوج عام 2022 في 1 أغسطس وسينتهي في 6 أكتوبر. يقدم البرنامج دورات للمعلومات على الإنترنتلشرح طبيعة المجتمع والبرنامج وعملية الالتحاق.

معلومات حول برنامج نايت هينيسي سكولارز

أطلق البرنامج عام 2016، سمي البرنامج نسبة إلى فيل نايت، حامل درجة الماجستير في ريادة الأعمال ’62، رجل الخير والشريك المؤسس لشركة نايكي، وجون هينيسي، رئيس شركة ألفابت ورئيس جامعة ستانفورد (2000-2016). يُعد برنامج نايت هينيسي سكولارز أكبر برنامج للزمالة مقدم بالكامل للخريجين في العالم.

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Hisense Kicks off #UpgradeYourHome Campaign for UEFA EURO 2020 with Campaign Ambassador Dwyane Wade and Football Legends

NYON, Switzerland, May 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, as a Global Partner of UEFA EURO 2020, launches the #UpgradeYourHome campaign to encourage consumers to upgrade their home appliances for summer season.

Dwyane Wade officially kicks off Hisense's #UpgradeYourHome campaign by calling out to European football legends including Marco Materazzi and Lukas Podolski to bring the Upgrade Season to Europe.

Hisense appointed Dwyane Wade as the global ambassador for this year’s campaign to encourage sports fans and consumers to upgrade their home with prize. Wade officially kicks off the #UpgradeYourHome campaign by calling out to European football legends including Marco Materazzi and Lukas Podolski to bring the Upgrade Season to Europe.

#UpgradeYourHome is activated on May 6th, consumer who purchases a Hisense product before July 11th, will be invited to register at for a valid competition entry. Participants are eligible to enter the giveaway to win €10,000. To tie in with the “Upgrade” theme, the campaign provides an opportunity for consumers to upgrade their home appliances to get ready for the summer season and creates an exclusive connection among the tournament’s audience in a compelling way.

Along with the #UpgradeYourHome campaign, Hisense introduces hero products to get sports fans ready for UEFA EURO 2020.


A ULED TV with Quantum Dot Colour delivers over a billion shades of colours. Hisense’s Full Array Local Dimming technology utilizes independently controlled dimming zones for added precision. With the Sports Mode feature, U7QF creates a truly vibrant crystal-clear sports scene full of vivid colours and rich layers. It brings the authentic cinematic experience home with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision™ support, plus immersive sound by Dolby Atmos®.


Astonishing levels of colour purity are unlocked with U8GQ. This Quantum Dot HDR ULED TV gets users closer to reality with over 1 billion true-to-life colours, while Ultra HD Premium offers exceptional 4K clarity. Over 90 independently controlled dimming zones achieve pinpoint detail even in the darkest scene. An AI Picture Optimization system automatically adjusts the picture quality for the best viewing experience according to the scenario identified. The TV brings the actual cinematic experience home with IMAX Enhanced, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision IQ™ support and immersive Dolby Atmos® sound with Multi-Channel Surround.


Hisense’s PureFlat series is advanced in design and ice and water dispenser. With the integrated ice and water dispenser, users have a permanent supply of chilled water and a crushed or cubed ice maker. The interior space is massive and adaptable with innovative storage solutions such as the convertible door that can turn into a fridge or a freezer in a wide temperature range.

For more information on the campaign, visit

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