Don't discard chicken crap…

Chinese farmers are leaving it to the philosophers to decide who came first, the chicken or the egg. While waiting for the answer [and collecting the eggs], another side-product of poultry has captured their interest: excrement… 

Building on a growing body of regulation, capital inflow and international cooperation, farmers are increasingly turning their attention to the development of rural energy. More than 105 national standards – including “domestic biogas stoves”, “household biogas lamps” or “technology rules of biogas fermentation for houseold in rural areas” – have been passed, signalling a keen interest from the government. Close to USD 1 billion has been poured in renewable rural energy in the past few years.

Biogas figures proeminently in the drive to make the best from one’s local environment. More than 30 million biogas tanks have been installed in households. They even sometimes come with biomass stoves, which not only improve the “fuel” efficiency bur also reduce CO2 emission.

Why not hold the next global climate talks in the Chinese countryside?