Tag Archives: environment

U.S.-China Climate Deal: the Short and the Cynical

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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…

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Environmental Regulation: Can China Afford Caution?

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[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…

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Californians Hacking Up Lungs Due to China Pollution

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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…

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Airpocalypse Now: I Love the Smell of Emphysema in the Morning

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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…

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Solving China’s NIMBY Problem

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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.

China, Water & Development

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Freshwater access is an issue that will rival petroleum in importance sooner than you think, and China is already dealing with major water challenges.

Defending the Beijing Olympics

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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?

My E-bike Conspiracy Theory

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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…

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