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Could This Video Save China?

from The Atlantic Hundreds of millions of people in China have watched this 103-minute-long video just in the past week. There’s never been anything close to its success in the English-language Internet world. Everyone in the China-policy community is aware of it and discussing it. I’m mentioning it here for several reasons. First, it’s just […]

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Is China Choking on Success?

from YaleGlobal Online China’s citizens are paying a steep price for rapid economic growth. The government struggles to mask environmental problems, yet China is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities. Smog often blankets the nation’s cities. Robert A. Manning, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security […]

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Water: A Precious Commodity

from Forbes While US housing prices remain depressed, we can observe high inflation in one kind of real estate: prime farmland. The Chicago Fed, which monitors big farm states such as Illinois and Iowa, reports that farmland prices in its district shot up 17% in the year to the second quarter of 2011.  The Kansas City Fed says that […]

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Clean Diesel Comes of Age

from Scientific American For decades, diesel trucks and buses have spewed large amounts of soot, smog-causing gases and carcinogens into the air. But new diesel engines are more than 90 percent cleaner than a few years ago, far exceeding the emission reductions required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study released […]

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Ice Bridge Holding Antarctic Ice Shelf Cracks Up

from Scientific American An ice bridge which had apparently held a vast Antarctic ice shelf in place during recorded history shattered on Saturday and could herald a wider collapse linked to global warming, a leading scientist said. “It’s amazing how the ice has ruptured. Two days ago it was intact,” David Vaughan, a glaciologist with […]

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