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The app and database will help us gather more precise and well-rounded data on the population, distri
bution, ages, gender ratio, birth and deaths of wild pandas, who live in deep mountains and are hard to tr
ack,” said Chen Peng, a researcher with the base who co-authored a paper on “Giant Panda Face Recognition Using Small Database.”
“It will definitely help us improve efficiency and effectiveness in conservation and management of the animals,” Chen said.
China has carried out four scientific field research project of giant pandas in the wild.
The giant panda was scientifically discovered 150 years ago and n
amed in the city of Ya’an, Sichuan. It remains one of the world’s most endangered species.
The number of captive pandas was 548 globally as of November last y
ear. Fewer than 2,000 pandas live in the wild, mostly in the provinces of Sichuan and Shaanxi.
ns in February for the clinical application of new biomedical technologies, stipulating that clini
cal research that involves human trials, including gene editing, stem cells, organ transplants be
tween species and assisted reproductive technologies, must secure the approval of the commission in advance.
Under the draft, which is yet to be adopted, violators may face punishments including fines, revocation of business permits or criminal charges.
The commission this year will complete its revision of an existing r
egulation on ethical inspection of human-related biomedical research that was adopted in 2016.
Authorities are also considering establishing a national ethics co
mmittee that supervises life science technologies and researchers to ensure compliance wi
th ethical standards, Huang Jiefu, former vice-minister of health, told China Daily in an earlier interview.
Growth in China’s energy consumption remains robust while the forms
of energy continued to diversify in 2018, according to an annual report on China’s energy devel
opment released Sunday by the China Electric Power Planning and Engineering Institute.
Total energy consumed last year reached 4.64 billion metric tons o
f standard coal, a year-on-year growth of 3.3 percent – a five-year record, according to the report.
Consumption of clean energy, including natural gas, hydropowe
r, nuclear power and wind power, accounted for 22.1 perc
ent of energy consumption last year, up 1.3 percent compared with the same period in 2017.
Non-fossil energy accounted for 14.3 percent, up 0.5 percentage points year-on-year, the report said.
China produced 3.77 billion tons of standard coal last year, up 5 percent year-on-year, a seve
n-year high. It has also become the world’s largest natural gas importer, with a heavier reliance on energy imports.