A Spratlys Environmentally Protected Area?
Environment,Hotspots
By Mark J. Valencia - 14 Jun 2017

A Spratlys Environmentally Protected Area?

Lost amid the recent cacophony of nationalist rhetoric regarding the disputes in the South China Sea have been calls for the claimants to agree to set aside part of the area for environmental preservation. This suggestion is both idealistic and unrealistic.
Beijing’s “Summit Blue”: What Does It Say about China’s Smog Woes?
Environment,China

By Gang Chen - 30 May 2017

Beijing’s “Summit Blue”: What Does It Say about China’s Smog Woes?

Transboundary Environmental Security in the Mekong River
Environment,Southeast Asia

By R. Edward Grumbine - 04 Oct 2016

Transboundary Environmental Security in the Mekong River

China’s Deadly Floods in 2016: A Stress Test for Government Capacity
Environment,China

China’s Deadly Floods in 2016: A Stress Test for Government Capacity

In the summer of 2016, China was stricken by devastating floods that affected both the northern and southern parts of the country. Weaknesses in local disaster management departments have been revealed in the various floods-hit areas.
By Gang Chen - 10 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Feeding the Chinese: Wither the Self-Sufficiency Policy?
Society,Environment,China

Feeding the Chinese: Wither the Self-Sufficiency Policy?

The effectiveness of China’s new food security strategy remains doubtful, as it might turn out to be extremely difficult, if not entirely impossible, for it to achieve absolute security or self-sufficiency in staples. China’s attempts to boost staple production could bring huge economic, social and environmental costs to the country.
The Wrath of Mother Earth: What Can We Learn from Recent Earthquakes?
Environment,East Asia

The Wrath of Mother Earth: What Can We Learn from Recent Earthquakes?

The earthquakes have created economic damage to Japanese automobile and electronic manufacturers as production was disrupted in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, which hosts Japan’s largest semiconductor manufacturing bases.  
China Making Progress on Climate and Environment Issues
Environment,China

China Making Progress on Climate and Environment Issues

Greenpeace recently released its China air quality survey for the first quarter of 2016 and the results indicate improvements in most parts of the country. PM 2.5 levels across 355 Chinese cities surveyed fell 9 percent as compared to the same period in 2015.
China’s New Species of Environmental Protest
Society,Environment

China’s New Species of Environmental Protest

In 2007, China was taken by surprise when two large mobile phone and Internet-organized demonstrations put the last nail into the coffin of a multi-billion RMB petrochemical project producing para-xylene (PX) in the city of Xiamen.
China and COP21
Environment

China and COP21

On December 12, 2015, 196 nations at COP21, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, unanimously committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming to a maximum increase of 1.5ºC, or failing that, less than 2ºC.
Why China’s Economic “New Normal” Fails to Solve  the Urban Smog Problem
Environment,China

Why China’s Economic “New Normal” Fails to Solve the Urban Smog Problem

The chronic smog problems afflicting major Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai have grown even bigger in the past few years while the country’s GDP growth decelerated.
By Gang Chen - 21 Mar 2016 | 1 comments Read more...
Governance of the Mekong River: Is it Doomed?
Environment,Southeast Asia

Governance of the Mekong River: Is it Doomed?

A total of six countries — China, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand — have relied on the Mekong River for generations. This shared use in the absence of clear ownership makes the river a regional transboundary common pool resource.
By Heejin Han - 10 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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