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Dams & Deforestation: Yunnan’s Water Woes

At The New York Times, Andrew Jacobs reports environmentalists’ frustration with the decision to resume damming on southwest China’s Nu River. The new dams are expected to displace as many as 60,000 people locally,...

Will Forks Conquer Chopsticks in China?

After a National People’s Congress member and timber executive bemoaned the strain placed on China’s environment by the use of disposable chopsticks, a fresh round of debate has emerged over whether China should wean...

As China Builds, Cambodia’s Forests Fall

Michael Sullivan at National Public Radio describes how Cambodia’s forests are falling prey to China’s enormous demand for lumber: “It’s just like in the United States in the 1960s, when every single...

Appetite for Bamboo Is Damaging Forests

Bamboo is often marketed as a green wonder material, but its cultivation can be seriously destructive to local ecosystems. Sean Gallagher reports for the Pulitzer Center on surging bamboo production in Sichuan and its...

China Sets Bees on American Immigrants

Northern Chinese forestry authorities released over half a billion bees in order to suppress a destructive plague of American moths, according to Xinhua: Forestry authorities in north China’s city of Baoding released 600...

A Lonely War on Forest Destruction – Fu Xueli

Hainan seems to be acting up to save its losing forests. Translated from Southern Breeze magazine: In early July, Hainan’s People’s Congress conducted a blanket examination of its forest resources. The island also...

The China Crisis – Michael McCarthy

From the Independent: Western politicians queue up to sing its praises. Economists regard it with awe and delight. Other countries are desperate to imitate it. Yet there is another
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