An agreement between the U.S. and China to curb greenhouse-gas emissions won’t slow global warming enough to prevent extreme weather that damages crops, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said. (Bloomberg) I’ve been avoiding the topic of the climate deal for a variety of reasons, but mostly because of my innate cynicism. But isn’t any deal […]
[T]o forestall more serious, systemic environmental issues, Beijing will have to be preemptive rather than reactive with regulation. In everything from modernizing its recycling industry to improving regulations on rare earth mining, the costs of waiting and testing out new ideas are high. Especially in terms of human health, delays from experimenting with environmental reforms […]
No, I’m not talking about myself, although I am a Californian and I am suffering through the Biblically nasty Beijing Airpocalypse. Rather, I’m talking about actual residents of the U.S. West Coast, which is apparently enjoying all kinds of icky goop that floats across the Pacific Ocean from the PRC and into U.S. airspace. They […]
So yeah, we’ve been having a bit of bother here in Beijing with our air. Not exactly a new development, although this particular episode is rather alarming when you look at the numbers. If you’ve seen the press coverage, you’re probably aware that the tracking system the municipal government here uses to measure air quality […]
After so many recent high-profile environmental protests in China, it appears that the government is looking for a systematic way to avoid these “mass incidents.” The solution? Better vetting of projects at the local level.
Will Walmart be the next multinational to receive the full Apple treatment?
Freshwater access is an issue that will rival petroleum in importance sooner than you think, and China is already dealing with major water challenges.
Given today’s weather and traffic, it’s difficult to see what the Olympics did for Beijing. On the other hand, things could be worse, right?
I know it’s not realistic, but I just wish NGOs in China could channel some of their anti-corporate energy into government lobbying, and if they do, that the press would care.
A new Greenpeace study shows toxic levels of several chemicals in Yangtze River fish. Industry says it is operating within standards, and the usual PR dance ensues.
Looks like Chinese consumers are only willing to spend so much on “green” products. Does this mean they would prefer a government solution?
Beijing’s having trouble getting people to sort trash. Time to bring out the big guns – from the 70s.
Why do U.S. companies invest in China? Three seconds with the Google machine will tell you. But some wizards of Wall Street, who don’t have three seconds to spare, think that companies are leaving the U.S. in droves because neo-Marxists are running amok in Washington. Idiots.
Production of traditional bikes declined while production of electric bikes rose last year in China, the chairman of China Bicycle Association (CBA) told Xinhua in Tianjin Friday. China produced 76.06 million bicycles in 2009, down 13.2 percent from 2008, which was the largest decrease since 1996, while the country produced 23.69 million electric bicycles in […]