Tag Archive for 'china'

The Curse of Suburbia


In the past couple of weeks, I coincidentally came across some related pieces about a major shaping force of the relatively affluent population groups in the world today: suburban living. With the recent oil price hike, it turns out that the trend is becoming less popular in the United States and other developed nations (although […]

Will the World Survive China?


The new year already has a startlingly bitter “new look at the truth” in store for us: Mother Jones has published an article that inspects the looming threat of China on the world’s resources as it develops and expands at an astonishing rate.

As if China’s hunger for resources due of its massive manufacturing enterprises are […]

China to clean up Lake Tai


Earlier this year, an algae infestation disrupted the water supply from Lake Tai, one of China’s largest lakes. Now, the Jiangsu province in which the lake is located, plans to spend $14.5 million to ‘improve water quality and control polluters’. The government issued a statement in which it estimated that within five years, water quality […]

Beijing smog saga continues


Earlier we reported that China has one of the largest pollution-related death tolls in the world, and that Beijing is one of the most polluted cities in the world - the venue for the 2008 olympic games.

Today, Yahoo! Green reports that on Friday, Beijing’s citizens were warned to stay indoors due to the risk of […]

China to spend $265 billion on renewables


Reuters reports that China plans to invest $265 billion in renewable energy by 2020, aimed at reducing their depence on coal for their energy needs. An exciting prospect for the rest of the world is that China aims to design and manufacture the clean energy solutions domestically, which should drive down prices for clean energy […]

Deadly Chinese air



According to an article on National Geographic, China has the worst air pollution related death toll in the world, in the midst of its economic boom. The WHO reports 656,000 Chinese citizens die prematurely because of air-pollution related diseases every year. It’s sad to see that there is a huge cost involved for the global […]

Did you know?

In 2010, there will be 4200km of new highways in and around Shanghai, China that didn't exist in 2000. Varese, a town in Northern Italy, runs on 100% renewable power. The town uses a mix of wind, solar and small-scale hydropower. The town has reaped benefits from the energy network through added jobs, and an additional 350,000 euros [US $514,000] in revenues that are handed over to the council each year.


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