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  1. Rapid urbanisation to persist, says ministry

    Posted Oct 04th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan China's unprecedented urban expansion will continue for the next 10 to 15 years, the government says. Over the past quarter-century, the nation has urbanised on a scale ... yesterday by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. The mainland now has 655 cities and 20,000 towns, it said. Urbanisation would continue at high speed as more of the country became ...

  2. Why we're urbanising Hong Kong to death

    Posted Jan 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Markus Shaw

    ... that was driven by the need for rapid urbanisation and large infrastructure projects. This model was made necessary by the rapid growth of the population and economy, and its success cannot be denied. The pressures of urbanisation were so overwhelming that we could not afford to be overly sentimental about conservation or the environment. Conservation was perceived as a luxury, and spending ...

  3. Think-tank urges Beijing to end frantic urbanisation

    Posted Jun 16th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen The mainland has reached a crossroads in its urbanisation drive, and now is the time to shift the focus to the environment and people's welfare, according to a report ... opportunity to change direction, said the Blue Book of Cities in China, the annual report by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The report put the mainland's urban population at 607 million, ...

  4. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    China faces largest ecological deficit ever, WWF report finds

    Posted Dec 13th 2012, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... finds China faces largest ecological deficit ever China is experiencing its largest ecological deficit ever- caused by decades of high economic growth and rapid urbanisation- as total emissions of carbon and other pollutants far exceed the capacity of its ecosystems, a new study says. The "China Ecological Footprint Report", released yesterday by the global conservation body ...

  5. Temperature rise can be attributed to global warming and urbanisation

    Posted Apr 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and local urbanisation. We recently further studied the headquarters' temperatures utilising, as reference, the long-term data of Macau and air temperature data at higher altitudes above Hong Kong which are less affected by the urbanisation effect. The results suggest that the two factors mentioned above have roughly contributed equally to the observed warming in the past few ...


    Environmental experts say China's new leadership has to tackle pollution

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... - the mainland's new leadership was ushered in a month ago amid dreadful scenes in stark contrast to the "blue sky and clear water" pledged in their vision of a beautiful China. As it faces ... experts, hearing their advice on achieving a green transformation of China. These experiences - accompanied by unprecedented environmental degradation in recent years - could give Li a better ...

  7. Sensitive areas may be no-growth zones

    Posted Jan 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to live and work in urban areas. 'That would be a challenge to any government on Earth,' said Wei Jinsheng, an urbanisation analyst at the China Population and Development Research ... Stephen Chen Population study calls for end to urbanisation in environmentally important regions Urbanisation will be halted in Tibet, Guizhou, Ningxia and Qinghai, where population ...

  8. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Ex-minister blames China's pollution mess on lack of rule of law

    Posted Jan 21st 2013, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... urbanisation and industrialisation, China has accumulated huge environmental debts that will have to be paid back, Qu said. He said recently he regretted that some of the very forward-looking ... ruleof law fed pollution mess China had a chance to avoid environmental disasters some 40 to 30 years ago, the country's first environmental protection chief has lamented amid worsening air ...

  9. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Smog envelops huge swathes of China for a third successive day

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 11:15pm by AFP

    ... has sparked an Internet outcry and anger from state media. China’s pollution problems are blamed on the country’s rapid urbanisation and dramatic economic development. On Tuesday, residents ... media. Beijing shrouded in smog. Video: Simon Song Visibility in central Beijing was reduced to 300 metres, according to China Central Television, causing 29 flights to be cancelled and another ...

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    Asia must heed warning of recent floods

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 12:00am by CHANGYONG RHEE

    ... The answer is "all of the above". Asia is on the move, with economic growth attracting millions to its cities. Urbanisation is happening at an unprecedented scale and speed. Infrastructure ... It took Asia only 95 years. In fact, in China, the transition happened in just 60 years. But the biggest difference is not simply speed - it's how these cities have grown. ...




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