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  1. 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, ...

  2. Why China's next generation could be fed by Africa

    Posted Feb 10th 2011, 12:00am by Michael Martin

    ... and urbanisation, Africa could become a 'food basket' for the country's 1.3 billion consumers, according to Hong Kong-based Sino-African relations analyst Andrew Leung Kin-pong 'China ... consulting firm Beijing Axis reported that natural resources like minerals and fuels comprise more than 90 per cent of China's imports from Africa. The firm found that between 2006 and 2008, ...

  3. February was warmest on record

    Posted Mar 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and the stronger than usual influence of warmer air from the south. 'The cold air from the north seldom reached southern China. In Hong Kong, the occurrence of the warmer southerly winds originating ... temperature has been rising by 0.4 degrees each decade. Global warming and increasing urbanisation had contributed to this trend, the Observatory said. The previous warmest February was in 2007, when ...

  4. Keeping the supply lines open

    Posted May 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Andrea Zavadszky

    ... by urbanisation and industrialisation, conservationists say. But according to Wen Tiejun, head of the school of agricultural economics and rural development at Renmin University of China, agriculture ... Andrea Zavadszky China's per capita water reserves are only about one quarter of the global average. Of 670 of its major cities, 440 regularly suffer moderate to serious water ...

  5. China's emissions 'poised to double'

    Posted Dec 10th 2009, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn While the climate-change conference in Copenhagen struggles to secure agreement to reduce global warming by cutting greenhouse gasses, China's emissions are set to more than double according to forecasts by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the US Department of Energy. China's carbon dioxide emissions will rise from six billion tonnes in 2006 ...

  6. Sweetener that would be a breath of fresh air

    Posted Jan 24th 2011, 12:00am by Mike Rowse

    ... in other communities with a less urbanised setting, to replace even worse polluters currently operating. This is a conceptual outline and much work would need to be done to fine-tune the scheme. ...

  7. New rule on sale aimed at nation's farmland reserve

    Posted Sep 11th 2008, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... 'With only 7 per cent of the world's arable land, China must feed one-fifth of the world's population. The loss of arable land due to rapid urbanisation and industrialisation is a serious challenge that China has to face,' said Xavier Wong, director and head of research at Knight Frank. 'Farmland security is a strategic concern of the mainland government ...

  8. Growth may override environment

    Posted Jan 15th 2011, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... energy waste and major pollutants had largely been offset by the push for rapid industrialisation and urbanisation in the past few years. 'It remains an arduous task to cut emissions ... improvement. Despite the difficulties, he vowed big drops in carbon intensity- carbon dioxide emissions per unit of gross domestic product- and pollutants by 2015. China has pledged to cut carbon ...

  9. Drop in surface wind speeds an early warning for industry

    Posted Nov 25th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in Asia, particularly China. A possible reason for the decline is an increase in surface roughness due to the fast growth of trees in a warming climate and an increase in the number of soaring ... down. The increase in surface drag caused by urbanisation might explain the slowdown near cities, but it could not explain why monsoon winds from the sea had slowed as well, he said. The general ...

  10. Greener cities save money, study shows

    Posted Jul 09th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in Europe and the United States and this is the first time it has been applied in China,' he said. The professor was speaking at the launch of his new book on Hong Kong's banyan trees, published by the Friends of the Country Parks and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Professor Jim said the banyan played a significant role in greening southern China. With its ...




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