Friday round-up highlighting the news and commentary of the week:

China is building 6,000m of solar panels in Gobi desert [Economic Times] 

China is going all out on solar energy as it starts construction on its largest solar power plant so far, covering 6,301 acres in Qinghai’s Gobi Desert. Once operational, it is expected to cut annual carbon dioxide emissions by 896,000 tonnes and power over 1 million homes. 

 Mixed Verdict on Chinese Environmental Public Interest Lawsuits [The Diplomat]

China’s new environmental law was expected to increase citizen participation in environmental action, as it allowed environmental groups to sue polluters for the first time. However, a surprisingly low number of cases have actually been filed.

Beijing, Hebei to co-operate on opening three national parks [Caixin]

Beijing and Hebei are working together to establish three new national parks along their border, the National Development and Reform Commission announced yesterday. The parks are part of the plan to integrate the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and are due to be completed by 2020.

China- climate hero or villain? [China Dialogue]

As China emerges as a leading topic in the debate around climate change, China Dialogue questions its role in an international context.

China prepares 'California-style' scheme for green cars [Reuters]

China is preparing a new scheme to encourage automakers and consumers to use electric and hybrid vehicles, based on a similar initiative established in California. The scheme will benefit both consumers and manufacturers of ‘green cars’. 

...and one more... 

Baby polar bears born in Shandong

Two baby polar bears were born this week in a water park in Shandong Province. The twins are in good condition and will be incubated for two months.