Sunday July 21, 2019
Home Lead Story Know How Chin...

Know How China Observes “Earth Hour”, Tackling Environmental Issues Effectively

The event aims to alert people about the loss of the biodiversity and the urgency to protect the integrity of the ecosystem, Jean-Paul Paddack, WWF's Global Initiatives Director said in an interview before the lights went out at the Olympic Tower in Beijing.

0
//
lights
From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on every last Saturday of March, individuals, communities, enterprises and government departments around the globe are encouraged to switch off lights. Pixabay

At 8:30 p.m. sharp (Beijing time), lights on major landmarks as well as in houses were turned off in several cities across China in commemoration of “Earth Hour” on Saturday.

“Earth Hour”, a global initiative launched by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007, has became a popular movement worldwide.

From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on every last Saturday of March, individuals, communities, enterprises and government departments around the globe are encouraged to switch off lights.

All over China, lights were out on landmarks, including Beijing’s Olympic Towers, The Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai, Wuhan’s historic Yellow Crane Tower as well as Yinli Plaza in Shenzhen, the Xinhua news agency reported.

china
In China, the state strategy of building an ecological civilisation has made tremendous progress. Pixabay

The event aims to alert people about the loss of the biodiversity and the urgency to protect the integrity of the ecosystem, Jean-Paul Paddack, WWF’s Global Initiatives Director said in an interview before the lights went out at the Olympic Tower in Beijing.

In China, the state strategy of building an ecological civilisation has made tremendous progress, he said.

China has been leading the way in the global efforts in finding a development model for man and nature to live in harmony, he said underlining the importance of China’s role at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Beijing next year.

In recent years, China has been intensifying efforts to tackle environment issues, pushing for transformation and upgrade of its industries like new energies, said Zhang Qian, vice-executive chair of China NGO Network for International Exchanges, co-organiser of Earth Hour in the country.

Earth
“Earth Hour”, a global initiative launched by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007, has became a popular movement worldwide. Pixabay

Besides themed exhibitions and galleries, Earth Hour in China has engaged a wider public interest through interactive campaigns. In Wuhan, rock musicians joined the event by unplugging their electric guitars and using Chinese traditional instrument Zheng at a music festival.

Also Read: Cautious! If You Smoke During Pregnancy Your Child Is At Grater Risk Of Being Obese

In Shanghai, tourist cruises on the Huangpu River and 20 skyscrapers on both banks went dark. “We hope the Earth Hour can go beyond the 60 minutes, for everyone to make personal effort in turning the eco-consicous actions into a habit and the habit a culture,” said Lu Lunyan, Vice-Executive Director of WWF China.

The participation scale of the Chinese public online and offline has set a new record this year, according to the organisers. (IANS)

Next Story

Real Estate Companies in India, China Adopting Artificial Intelligence

Additionally, the rising adoption of the machine and deep learning technologies by companies to automate their business model is also considered as one of the major factors contributing to this regional market’s growth, said the report

0
Artificial Intelligence Bot
Artificial Intelligence Bot. Pixabay

The real estate companies in India and China are fast adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in the development of applications that comprise machine vision for easy analysis and surveying of buildings and structures.

Asia Pacific that contributes nearly 40 per cent in the global construction market, is estimated to be the fastest growing “AI-in-construction” market by 2024, Zion Market Research said on Monday.

The growth in Asia-Pacific “is owing to the extensive adoption of the AI-based platforms, such as machine learning and deep learning, code frameworks, and pre-built algorithms by the real estate companies in emerging economies, such as China and India”.

Additionally, the development of creating information modelling is software that gives information on a construction project, warranty details regarding material used, and commissioning data.

This has resulted in increased AI adoption by most of the construction start-ups globally for various applications, the findings showed.

According to the report, the global “AI-in-construction” market was valued at $312 million in 2017 and is expected to reach $3,161 million by 2024.

artificial intelligence, nobel prize
“Artificial intelligence is now one of the fastest-growing areas in all of science and one of the most talked-about topics in society.” VOA

“The construction sector is adopting AI to obtain precise data and insights to increase productivity, operational efficiency, and ensure safety at work. AI operates on algorithms related to image recognition to find out search criteria,” said the report.

In addition, the need for safety measures on construction sites is also projected to drive this market’s growth.

“Furthermore, huge investments made by construction companies from the emerging economies globally in the adoption of the advanced AI technology for construction applications is also likely to contribute toward the global growth of the AI-in-construction market,” the findings showed.

Also Read: Tech Giants to Face US House Hearings on Anti-trust, Cryptocurrency

Europe is projected to witness a remarkable rate of growth in the global “AI-in-construction” market in the upcoming years, due to the huge investments made by construction companies in AI technology for support, training, and digital platform.

Additionally, the rising adoption of the machine and deep learning technologies by companies to automate their business model is also considered as one of the major factors contributing to this regional market’s growth, said the report. (IANS)