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Yellow River Diaries

2 April 2018

One of China’s leading environmentalists has spent the past decade documenting the impact of development along the country’s ‘Mother river’ Wang Yongchen, Monday April 2nd, 2018 Editor’s note: The Yellow River stretches almost 5,500 kilometres, running from west to east through [read more]

Business models and dollar funding of global banks

26 March 2018

Notes on BIS Working Paper No 708, March 2018 Iñaki Aldasoro, Torsten Ehlers and Egemen Eren Abstract from BIS: Since the eurozone crisis, there has been a stark divergence between European banks and Japanese banks in their dollar uses and sources. We show that these shifts have implications for [read more]

China falls out of love with nuclear

26 March 2018

Slowing demand for electricity and competition from renewables have halted new reactor approvals, writes Feng Hao As countries around the world abandoned nuclear power, China had bucked the trend, embracing nuclear power as a reliable and cheap energy source that would help reduce air pollution [read more]

The GDP of Bridges to Nowhere

26 March 2018

MICHAEL PETTIS In most economies, GDP growth is a measure of economic output generated by the performance of the underlying economy. In China, however, Beijing sets annual GDP growth targets it expects to meet. Turning GDP growth into an economic input, rather than an output, radically changes its [read more]

Nudging the city and residents of Cape Town to save water

9 March 2018

As Cape Town in South Africa heads towards running dry, Leila Harris, Jiaying Zhao, and Martine Visser list out the steps the city could take to nudge its citizens to better use their water Leila Harris, Jiaying Zhao, and Martine Visser, March 9, 2018 Cape Town could become the world’s first [read more]

Brazil backs away from destructive mega-dams

21 February 2018

The country’s shift to renewables and decentralised energy amid struggle to finance large dams in the Amazon offers an alternative way forward for planners in the Himalayas Christian Poirier, February 21, 2018 In early January, executives of Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) [read more]

The Problems of Excess Chinese Debt

13 December 2017

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things [read more]

Look beyond climate talks for action: UNEP chief

29 November 2017

To solve an environment problem, turn it into a business opportunity, says Erik Solheim As a parent of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN Environment (UNEP) always watches anxiously as government negotiators bicker at the annual climate summits. And after all the hot air [read more]

A Turning Point? The Failure of the German Coalition Talks

20 November 2017

While the international, that is the English-language, media, pursues its obsessive interest in President Trump, and the British press focuses on the minutiae of the Brexit negotiations, an event which occurred in Berlin this weekend is arguably the most important foreign news development in the [read more]
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