1580 gigawatts from renewable sources including wind, solar and biomass, all by 2030: this is China's ambitious goals for renewable energy, all to be done within the next nine years. A truly incredible challenge. Maybe utopian? The National Energy Administration would like wind, photovoltaic and biomass to reach 25.9% of energy consumption.
BloombergNEF said 1580 gigawatts of overall capacity will be required to achieve the goal. We have to recall that in 2020 China acquired 120 GW of new wind and photovoltaic capacity. In December, Xi, the country's president, said that by 2030 the country will reduce its carbon intensity by 65 percent and that the share of non-fossil energy sources will reach 25 percent.
India and China at war for dragon fruit
India and China at war for dragon fruit. China in strong tension with the Indian state of Gujarat, which has decided to change the name of the dragon fruit to further distance itself from the rival nation.
The decision was made by Prime Minister Vijay Rupani, announcing that from now on the fruit will be called kamalan, which in Sanskrit means lotus. The controversy over the fruit's name is just the latest episode in growing tensions between the two nations.
Last October, while India celebrated the power of the goddess Durga at the Navatras festival, in the state of West Bengal with an improvised tent Chinese President Xi Jinping was depicted as the demon slaughtered by the goddess, the severed head depicted on the floor and a lion devouring his body.
The military and diplomatic tensions between the two nations can be found in the Ladakh region, in the extreme north of India, the scene last June of fighting between Indian troops and Chinese soldiers in the Galwan valley, which ended with the death of 20 Indian soldiers.
The dispute over the disputed border erupted in April 2020, when troops from the two countries accused each other of violating the effective Line of Control in Ladakh. The fruit is actually tropical, native to Central and South America, successfully imported to Asia, but for its dragon fruit name many in India or elsewhere believe it to be of Chinese origin.
The dragon fruit, which has been grown in several areas of Gujarat for a few years, belongs to a cactus family and is believed to have earned its scary name because its spiky outer layer resembles the scales of a dragon.
A choice criticized by many users on social networks who have defined it as futile while India is grappling with numerous problems, starting with the COVID-19 pandemic.