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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]

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]

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]

Review of The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce

23 September 2017

Pub. Little Brown, London 2017 Edward Luce’s previous book, “Time to Start Thinking: America and the Sceptre of Decline” was a timely account of the decline of the American state, this book, appears to be primarily a commentary on the rise of populism, with particular reference to the [read more]

Water, energy, food can’t be seen separately

20 September 2017

by Joydeep Gupta Climate change is making it imperative that the nexus between the three is integrated into all development plans You need water and energy to grow food. You need water to generate energy, even in a solar farm. You need energy to pump water. The water-energy-food nexus is a [read more]

Climate change jeopardises survival of snow leopards

13 September 2017

Receding snowline in Asia’s high mountains, due to global warming and infrastructure developments, poses a major threat to snow leopard as humans encroach on their habitat by Juhi Chaudhary “I love the snow leopard,” says bright-eyed Ganaium, who lives in Tamchy village close to Issyk-kul [read more]
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