In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, a Chinese Academy of Sciences program known as Big Earth Data Science Engineering (CASEarth) began efforts to organize data and information towards curbing the outbreak. CASEarth coordinated a national effort to develop a global big data platform for coronavirus (http://nmdc.cn/nCov/en). This platform has been publishing and disseminating timely, authoritative scientific data and information concerning COVID-19, including detection methods, electron micrographs, genomes, scientific literature, results from ongoing scientific research, and a collection of virus strains from the National Pathogen Microbial Resource Bank.
On April 8th, Prof. CAO Junji from the Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, won a 2019 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award, also known as the ‘Nobel Prize’ of air pollution and climate science achievements. The awards are annually issued by California Air Resources Board to recognize outstanding achievements in air quality and climate research, technology advancements, environmental justice, policy and education.
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries issued a global call this week, recognizing the essential need for the global research community to act collectively to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.
China on Monday published a timeline on how it has shared information and advanced international cooperation in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic. Please see the attachment for the document, titled "Timeline of China releasing information on COVID-19 and advancing international cooperation on epidemic response".
The Chinese Laser Press, a press hosted by Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM) of the Chinese Academy of Science, and the Chinese Optical Society, released the 2019 Award for China's Top 10 Optical Breakthroughs on Mar. 20 in Shanghai.
The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) relaunched the IAP Communique on Tropical Forests on Mar. 21, in celebration of the UN's International Day of Forests and raising awareness of tropical forest protection.
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