By: D.K Choudhary
China Develops World’s Biggest Solar Park
i. In an effort to become the super powerful occupier of green energy, China has built the world’s biggest solar park, Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, in the western province of Qinghai.
ii. The park spans over 27 square km of area and can produce 850 MW of power which is enough to supply up to 200,000 households.
iii. The construction of the solar park began in 2013 and total costs around $875 million (around Rs. 6,000 crore).
iv. China hopes to produce 110GW of solar power and 210GW of wind power as part of an ambitious plan to slash pollution and emissions by 2020. Besides, by 2030, China has pledged to increase the amount of energy coming from non-fossil fuels to 20% of the total.
Trump Signs Order to Withdraws US from Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal
i. The new US president, Donald Trump signed a formal executive order on January 23, 2017 to withdraw the country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, thus keeping his promise made during his presidential campaign.
ii. During his campaign for the presidency, Trump said that trade deals with other countries leads to job reduction for the citizens as the employers move to seek talent outside the United States to save on labor costs.
iii. The TPP accord was negotiated by former President Barack Obama’s administration and was the main economic pillar of the Obama administration to formulate the massive free trade deal that was set to reshape commerce throughout the Asia-Pacific region to counter China.
iv. Besides, Trump also signed an order to impose a federal hiring freeze with the exception of the military and ban US NGOs that perform abortions abroad from receiving federal funding.