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Pole-Land: The Climate of Tibet

The Economist examines conflicting research into the effects of climate change on the Tibetan plateau and surrounding mountains, known collectively as Earth’s “Third Pole”: Until recently studies of the Third...

Chinese Farms Breed Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

In 2011, human consumption of antibiotics in China was ten times the global average. Because overuse of the drugs can give rise to resistance in the bacteria they target, the Health Ministry has repeatedly promised to cut down...

SOEs, Rule of Law Among Hurdles for Clean Air Push

Beijing’s acting mayor has announced an array of new measures to combat air pollution in the city, following heavy smog that seeped hundreds of points off the scale this month. From Xinhua: The capital will take 180,000...

Beer Company Threatens Tibetan Antelope

A Chinese brewery’s plans for promotional trips to a Tibetan nature reserve threaten to undermine past successes in protecting the plateau’s wildlife. From The Guardian: Kekexili – also known as Hoh Xil –...

Dangerous Elements: Heavy Metal Pollution in China

Paul Mooney reports for the South China Morning Post on heavy metal contamination from industries such as e-waste recycling and textile manufacture. The pollution can devastate health and agricultural livelihoods, but those...

China’s Dinosaur Hunters

At the Guardian, Tania Branigan profiles dinosaur hunter Xu Xing and describes ground-breaking fossil discoveries at digs around China. Zhucheng’s early Cretaceous relics, Liaoning’s feathered dinosaurs and...

High-Speed Rail in China: On the Wrong Track?

The Economist questions whether China’s massive expansion of high-speed rail is the best answer to pressures on its transport system: Detractors complain that high-speed rail is too expensive for the Zhang in the street....

Greed, Mad Science and Melamine

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been linked to the use of melamine to boost protein content in food, according to this report from Asia Times: The trail of greed and negligence that allowed melamine –...

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