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China’s Inauspicious Year

In The Nation, Jeffrey Wasserstrom writes about the series of major events that have gripped China so far this year: the anti-Maglev protests in Shanghai, the crippling snowstorms in February, the unrest in Tibetan areas in...

Understanding Extreme Weather in China

On China Dialogue, Pew Center on Global Climate Change answers questions about the linkage between global warming and recent natural disasters in China, including this winter’s snowstorms: What are the potential lessons to...

Forests’ Recovery Will Take Decades

Many have seen the once-in-50-years magnitude of this year’s snowstorms that hit central and south China, yet the consequences have yet to be felt in the years, even decades, ahead, according to China Daily: The freezing...

Green Cost of Sleet: $8b of Forest Wealth

Yes, China lost a lot of tons of vegetables and crops in the wake of mega snowstorms. Also gone are slowly recovered forests, says China Daily: About 18.6 million hectares of forests were destroyed or damaged – it is equal...

Power Returns, But at What Cost?

Mixed messages from China’s state-run media today on the resumption of electricity in the wake of this month’s catastrophic southern snow storms. First is a rah-rah report from China Daily, “Full power...

180,000 Stranded As Cold Weather Returns

Southern China, a future skiing destination? The prospect doesn’t seem so outlandish as Yunnan gets slammed by another round of nasty winter weather, from AFP: The latest cold weather has taken a severe toll in mountainous...

Snowstorms Let China’s Economy Off The Hook

Overseas political commentator Liang Jing wrote following essay, thanks to Dr. David Kelly for the translation: A very important item of information spread around Beijing’s dining and mahjong tables during Spring Festival...

Sorry Seems To Be the Newest Word

From BBC: It is not unusual for China’s most senior leaders to meet with the Chinese people but it is rare for them to do so with an apology on their lips. … And as someone in the state media told me, there were...

China Insurers Pay $165M For Snow Damage

From AP via Seattlepi.com : Chinese insurers have paid more than 1.2 billion yuan, or $165 million, for deaths and damage from snowstorms that killed at least 107 people, said officials quoted Wednesday by a state news agency....

More Bad Weather Ahead As China Gets Back To Work

From Reuters : Severe winter weather is forecast to affect much of China over the next few days, potentially contributing to fresh transport problems just as millions of people return to work after the week-long Lunar New Year...

Surfing with Chinese Internet Guru Xiao Qiang

From Radio Netherlands Wordwide: “It’s the hundreds of thousands of Chinese bloggers who are the most reliable eyes and ears in China,” says Xiao Qiang , professor of journalism at the University of California...

China’s Weather Woes (Continued)

In yet another bit of bad Spring Festival news for the Chinese economy, Bloomberg reports winter storms may have cut travel revenues by upwards of 70% for the Lunar New Year.More than 10,000 group tours were canceled nationwide,...

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