In the United States, the Barack Obama administration is fighting to lift the national debt ceiling. In China, the huge debt owed by local governments has set off shockwaves across the country. In the European Union, member states are desperately trying to find a way out of the debt crisis. In other words, the world [...]
In President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address, he called this “our generation's Sputnik moment,” a reference to the era when the U.S. space program progressed in technological leaps and bounds because we were feverishly trying to stay ahead of the U.S.S.R., or, in Ronald Reagan’s words, the “Evil Empire.” In interpreting Obama’s call [...]
At an executive meeting of the State Council on May 18, China's key policymakers discussed the Three Gorges Follow-up Plan, a wide-reaching group of policies intended to address the adverse effects of the Three Gorges Dam project. The new policies aim to resolve a wide range of post-dam consequences, including geological changes, environmental pollution, social [...]
Three years have passed since China introduced legislation confirming the public’s right to access environmental information. But both experts and members of the public who have requested the disclosure of pollution data – from both government and business – have found that the vague terms in which the regulations are couched are impeding their implementation. [...]
Climate change presents the world with massive and potentially devastating challenges. As the world’s two leading economic powerhouses, China and the United States are jointly responsible for nearly 40% of global carbon emissions. Consequently, both countries are central to any successful global effort to mitigate climate change. The international community attributes the incremental progress successes [...]
Reactions worldwide to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accidents in Japan are another reminder that in the era of globalization a nuclear accident anywhere is a nuclear accident everywhere. China now leads the world in civil nuclear construction. Beijing, therefore, bears a great burden of undertaking a nuclear expansion that is as safe as possible. With [...]
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