Category Archives: pollution

Why China is importing rice from the US – Sara Hsu

Self-sufficiency in food has long been the mantra of China. But that is changing, as the country even imports rice from the US. Aging farmers, pollution and other challenges makes this change necessary, tells assistant professor Sara Shu, as the domestic production cannot be guaranteed.

Why foreign food brands do well in China – Shaun Rein

Despite often higher costs, Chinese consumers try to buy foreign brands, when they are looking for food products to avoid the pollution and scandals with domestic brands. Business analyst Shaun Rein, and author of The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia explains to Bloomberg why: they want peace of mind

The bright side of the pollution – Ian Johnson

Beijing underwent for the first time a code red for pollution: officially the worst air quality ever. But the air had been worse before, even a week earlier. Beijing-based journalist Ian Johnson sees a silver lining on the code red: the people and the politicians start to see things have to change, he writes in the New York Review of Books. And that is good new for the Paris talks.

Cap-and-trade scheme: step forward – Sara Hsu

While much work remains to be done, China and the US has set an important step forward in curbing carbon emissions, writes analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat. “At present, China’s cap-and-trade systems do not address price distortions in the nation’s socialist economy.”

Why Chinese find Sydney property cheap – Shaun Rein

The observation might be shocking for Australians, but many Chinese find Sydney real estate cheap. Shanghai-based business analyst Shaun Rein explains why in the Daily Reckoning.

Can China halt climate change? – Sara Hsu

China has recently announced ambitious environmental plans to stave off climate change. But are those plans enough, and can China really deliver? Economic analyst Sara Hsu welcomes the plans at Triple Crisis, but wonders if it is going to work.

The greening of China – Ian Johnson

Slowly, very slowly, some good news about China´s environment is coming in. Journalist Ian Johnson talked for the New York Times with Mark Clifford, author of The Greening of Asia, about the changes in the world´s largest coal consuming country.

China creates ´green´jobs, but is still far from green itself – Sara Hsu

China is ahead of Europe and the US in creating ´green´ jobs, but environmental enforcement is still lagging, writes economic analyst Sara Hsu in Triple Crisis. Critical failures make big…

Why banning a documentary does not help – Zhang Lijia

The environmental documentary “Under the Dome” by Chai Jing has become more influential, even after Chna´s censors banned it from the internet. Not only because between 100 and 200 million already watched the documentary, says author Zhang Lijia to Bloomberg. The government can no longer brainwash the people.

Smog debate shows government takes pollution serious – Ian Johnson

Finally the government takes pollution serious, long after its citizens noted the dangers, concludes journalist Ian Johnson in ChinaFile, after a smog documentary was taken off the internet. But censors acted after 100 million Chinese watched the much-praised movie, that sparked off an unprecedented debate.