In Beijing’s cavernous Great Hall of the People, top leaders and political delegates settled on an ambitious economic course for China, now the world’s second-largest economy. Although the 12thFive-Year Plan (FYP) technically concludes in 2015, it is more apt to view the plan as the opening salvo to a pivotal decade intended to shepherd China [...]
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 [...]
Longstanding Chinese ideals, which seek balance between man and nature, could help humans find a better way of living, writes Pan Yue, China’s vice minister for environmental protection. Traditional Chinese thought not only calls for the unity of man and nature, but provides the tools that allowed China to practice this principle for thousands of [...]
Struck by a spate of fatal landslides, Shaanxi plans to relocate 2.4 million people to safer ground. But will this ambitious programme work? Meng Dengke reports. On December 7, a hugely ambitious resettlement project planned for Shaanxi province in north China secured approval in principle from the standing committee of the regional government. The scale [...]
An ancient Chinese legend tells how Emperor Yu the Great, more than four thousand years ago, tamed massive floods by uniting tribal leaders and spurring them to action. Today, rising waters again threaten major population centers in China, this time due to global warming. As the former Mayor of Shanghai, I know firsthand the potential [...]
If one word could sum up China’s environmental events of the Year of the Tiger, it would be “leak”. At the beginning of 2010, a diesel leak from the Weinan branch of a China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) pipeline contaminated the Yellow River. On July 3, Zijin Mining leaked waste water into the Ting River. [...]
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