sustainable development



Developer: Changsha Skyscraper Project On Track

The developer of a record-breaking skyscraper in Changsha is denying media reports that it had not received the necessary approvals to proceed with the project, according to the South China Morning Post: Broad Group spokeswoman...

China’s ‘Green’ Highway the Way to the Future

As the number of vehicles on the roads continues to increase, China is improving some of its road and traffic infrastructure to ease congestion and address greenhouse gas emissions. Zhuang Pinghui at South China Morning Post...

Carbon Cap Proposed, Trading Pilot Unveiled

China, whose 2011 per capita carbon emissions rose to match those of the EU, has proposed to enact a nationwide cap on carbon emissions by 2016. The Independent reports: The battle against global warming has received a...

Pollution Forces Chinese Leaders to Act

As National People’s Congress delegates meet in Beijing, and Xi Jinping officially takes over as state president, China’s leaders are confronting a number of urgent issues facing the nation, including the degradation...

Government Imposes Carbon Tax to Curb Emissions

China now burns almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined. As the world saw vividly this year, the effects are deadly. Many in the U.S. and elsewhere have long blamed China for not cooperating with global efforts to...

Fresh Air Goes on Sale

As Beijing residents are once again advised to stay indoors amid choking air pollution, some environmentalists are pessimistic about the possibilities for a thorough clean-up. From Bloomberg: “I haven’t seen the smog stay so...

Smoggy Air Inspires Media Transparency

As Beijing and other parts of eastern China were blanketed by continued record-breaking pollution, the official media has offered up a surprising amount of transparency. Pollution is often played down by official media, and the...

China Rushes to Build a New Generation of Mega-dams

In its rush to find sources of power, China has focused on hydropower. Following the construction of the massive Three Gorges Dam, work is now centered on the Jinsha River in Yunnan Province, where up to 30 dams are currently in...

China Ties U.S. in Green Energy Investments

Globally in 2011, private and public sector funding for renewable energy increased 17% to $257 billion. China and the U.S. are tied for spending in the green energy sector, according to a new report from the United Nations...

“The World’s Most Important Story”

Jonathan Watts has spent the past nine years covering China and the environment for the Guardian. As he prepares to move to a new job covering South America for the paper, he delivered a parting speech at the 2012 China...



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