Tagged : china

This ‘vending machine’ rents electric cars hourly

January 24th, 2014

Huge buildings in a Chinese city have been stacked high with electric vehicles, ready for drivers to rent. The aim is to get more people thinking green when it comes to driving.

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Angora sweaters — just don’t

December 17th, 2013

The latest travesty being reported by PETA reminds us of the pate matter, which intrinsically requires suffering on the part of the enlisted animals. It’s easy to understand and needs no special PR campaign. In fact, it’s so cruel and needless, that we couldn’t bear to watch the video.

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How Russia may force the US to produce healthier meat

November 23rd, 2013

The USDA allows livestock to be fed controversial growth enhancers that are banned in the European Union. This year Russia joined the countries that won’t accept meat that was raised with beta agonists, forcing US authorities to come up with some quick answers if they want to recover this large export market. A collateral effect could be that Americans get meat that’s free of growth hormones, or not.

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Legalizing the rhino horn trade could save these endangered animals

November 13th, 2013

Increasing demand in Asia for rhino horn, which is believed to have medicinal qualities, is fueling a vicious illegal trade that’s decimating African rhino populations. There may be a better way to save the rhino, without trying to beat down the cultural beliefs that have put it at risk.

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Captive giant panda released into wild

November 11th, 2013

It took a long time for giant panda Zhang Xiang to take her first tentative steps to freedom. Released into the wild in China, the female was surrounded by keepers dressed in specially scented panda costumes to avoid scaring her.

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Is there a place for the green economy in China’s economic development?

October 29th, 2013

What does the “good life” entail? Clearly, at one level, it is about growth, rising incomes for the population as a whole, and correspondingly higher living standards. But “living standards” are not simply a question of dollars and cents. In China, the country’s quantum leap in growth has long been associated with a corresponding degradation of the environment.

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Water in China is an environmental nightmare

October 11th, 2013

The Economist reports that in the past half-century, China has lost half its rivers. Today, much water is wasted or polluted, and China is turning to gargantuan engineering projects to solve its crisis.

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China offers best solar prices because of scale, not cheap labor, says study

September 5th, 2013

It’s widely held that China has been beating U.S. solar panel prices by handing out lavish subsidies to producers and keeping labor costs very cheap. But it may not be so. And that could be good news for the U.S. solar market.

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Why the ‘China excuse’ to bail out on climate action doesn’t work

March 20th, 2013

For anyone who doesn’t want to reduce carbon emissions, China seems like a great scapegoat. The defenders of the status quo argue that U.S. companies will be at a disadvantage if we tax carbon or invest in clean energy because “China’s not doing anything.” Problem is: It’s not true.

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Why you need to brush up on fluoride

February 6th, 2013

Fluoride has been controversial for longer than many of us have been alive. Back in the 1940s and 50s, when scientists introduced the idea of adding fluoride to our water systems to strengthen Americans’ teeth, people fought the effort.

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Disney takes a page from The Lorax — announces a new paper policy

October 12th, 2012

Disney, recognizing its heavy paper footprint as the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, has announced it will be changing its paper policies to try to stop the degradation of rainforests in Southeast Asia.

The change comes as a victory for indigenous Indonesians, rainforest wildlife and the atmosphere, which are all being harmed by the vociferous consumption of rainforests by logging in Indonesia.

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This solar development should rattle Washington

December 8th, 2011

This fall Obama Administration critics became epically riled about the failure of Solyndra, a Silicon Valley solar start up that sucked up a horrific pile of cash, including $535 million in government-backed loans, only to gasp and die in the summer of 2011.

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