Preserving Lhasa’s history (part two)
Lhasa is developing fast, but the city’s architecture and traditions are at risk. In the concluding segment of a two-part article, Liu Jianqiang reports on the residents trying to conserve this unique urban environment.
Recycling tycoon is first woman to top list of China's richest people
Zhang Yin, the 49-year-old founder of Nine Dragons Paper, which buys scrap paper from the United States for use in China, shot from 36th to pole position in the annual China Rich List compiled by Hurun Report, the luxury publishing and events group, making her the first woman ever to top the Rich List.
More than 950 children in northwest China suffer lead poisoning
More than 950 children in northwest China were stricken with lead poisoning by an unregulated smelting plant which was shut down and then re-opened, state press said on Monday.
US$100 million fund for clean energy in developing countries
The European Commission last week said it would dedicate US$100 million to help developing countries adopt energy-efficient technologies and make more use of renewable energy to combat air pollution and climate change.
Unforbidden cities (part one)
Can a new type of urban gated community reverse China’s ecological debacle? In the first of two articles, Harrison S. Fraker Jr. expresses his concern over superblock designs at odds with the reality of city life in Tianjin.
Water for millions at risk as glaciers melt away
The world's glaciers and ice caps are now in terminal decline because of global warming, scientists have discovered. The loss of glaciers in South America and Asia will threaten the water supplies of millions of people within a few decades, the experts warn.
European indignation as Kenya gifts six key oil blocks to China
Two major European oil exploration companies have protested that they are unable to access Kenya, as the country emerges as the latest frontier in the ferocious global battle between Europe and China for oil resources.
Unforbidden cities (part two)
A team from the University of California, Berkeley, took a hard look at Tianjin’s urban superblocks. Concluding a two-part article, Harrison S. Fraker Jr. describes some alternative design concepts and the obstacles in their way.