BEIJING, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.
NEW FLOWER, SPIDER SPECIES
New surveys have determined the existence of 10 new spider species and one new flower species on Mount Fanjingshan, a world heritage site in southwest China known for its scenery and biodiversity.
Researchers also found 144 existing species that had not been found on the mountain in the city of Tongren, Guizhou Province, raising its total number of species to 7,307, up from 7,152 recorded in 2016, according to the administration of the Fanjingshan nature reserve.
China has made great progress in original innovation and science and technology development, said Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang.
China has substantially increased funding for basic research, with an average annual growth rate of 16.9 percent, Wang said at a press conference on Tuesday.
The spending on basic researches has reached six percent of the total research and development (R&D) spending, he added.
ECOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT IN TIBET
The city of Shannan, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, has built a 160-km green belt along the Yarlung Zangbo River after the tree-planting efforts over the past decades.
Tibet had invested a total of 81.4 billion yuan (12.55 billion U.S. dollars) in the area by the end of last year. In 2020, the forest coverage reached 12.3 percent, and the comprehensive vegetation coverage of natural grassland grew to 47 percent, according to a white paper released in May.
The biodiversity improvement came as wild animals and their habitats have been better protected. The population of the endangered black-necked cranes has increased from no more than 3,000 in the 1990s to more than 8,000 now, and the population of Tibetan antelopes is around 300,000. Enditem