Chinese scientists were the first to prove on a national scale that increasing biodiversity can improve ecosystems' productivity and increase the amount of carbon gas their soil can store, the journal said.
Since 2012 China has redoubled its effort to reform the medical and healthcare system; it has accelerated the comprehensive reform of public hospitals and the price reform of drugs and medical service; it has also implemented serious illness insurance policies covering both urban and rural residents, adopted a multi-layer diagnosis and treatment mechanism, and improved the policies regarding the production, distribution and use of drugs. On October 29, 2015, enhancing public health and fitness was formally introduced in the communiqué of the Fifth Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. In August 2016, at the National Health and Fitness Conference, it was stated that the government will "follow the correct guidelines for promoting health and fitness services, focus on lower-level medical institutions, strive to reform and make innovations in the medical sector, prioritize disease prevention, lay equal emphasis on Western medicine and TCM, incorporate health promotion in all policies, and involve all citizens in promoting public health and thereby bring health benefits to all." In October 2016, the state issued "Healthy China 2030" Planning Outline, a guiding document on promoting public health and fitness, with plans to make the Chinese people healthier.
The project also showcased China's determination and sense of responsibility in combating climate change "by thoroughly and systematically examining its own carbon situation", Fang said.
Lyu Jianjiang died on Dec 1 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, after suffering a heart attack believed to have been brought on by overwork. He was just 47.
Susan Trumbore, a PNAS editor, said the Chinese papers have made "a novel contribution by demonstrating a direct link between policy and outcomes for soil carbon in agricultural soils".