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The Green Leap Forward

For Foreign Policy, Christina Larson reports on China’s five-year-plan to lead the world in green buildings: In China, where fully half the world’s new buildings are erected each year, the reason the government is...

China Takes a New Interest in Energy Efficiency

As the country undergoes a major construction boom, and energy shortages become an increasing problem, the Chinese government is realizing that incorporating energy-efficient designs in their buildings could help. From the New...

Hong Kong: A Structural Problem, and A Lot to Lose

Two articles at China Dialogue discuss environmental issues facing Hong Kong. The first argues that the city must broaden its heavily technology-based approach to storm and flood defense, while the second urges a greening of its...

Energy Retrofitting: The Story of Sohota

The Asia Society’s China Green project has produced a new documentary about an energy retrofitting firm. Watch it below: China’s economic boom has fueled a flurry of real estate construction, but the growth has also...

China Warms to Energy-Saving Challenge

A quick but compelling look inside China’s nascent green building movement, from Caijing’s English edition: This past winter was particularly cozy for residents at No. 12 West Huixin Street in Beijing. “In the past,...

Green Dreams: A (Not So) Model Village

CDT’s own Timothy Lesle has produced a lengthy and interesting audio slideshow for Frontline/World about Huangbaiyu, the eco-city being built as a cooperative project with U.S. architect William McDonough. Lesle looks at...

Beijing’s Megacomplex a City Within a City

A new apartment complex in Beijing provides one way to avoid the bad air and traffic jams: Don’t go outside. From Wired Magazine: The megacomplex is defined by a ring of eight 21-story towers, each with an upper-floor...

The Right Chemistry – Liu Jie

A positive story of foreign companies helping Chinese firms and localities achieve higher energy efficiency and greener development. China needs to see a lot of these take hold in


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