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  1. High social cost of buying cheap clothes

    Posted Mar 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Lisa Genasci

    ... the manufacturing process used is clean or polluting. In other words, we generally ignore the environmental or social costs that add to the 'true' cost of manufacturing. That bill is left ... in China' tag. Last year, the European Union purchased 22 per cent of all textile and clothing exports from China, according to the China National Textile and Apparel Council, while 41 per cent ...

  2. Air quality unfairly singled out by global media, UN official says

    Posted Aug 10th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing The UN's environment chief questioned the global media's 'frenzied focus' on Beijing and defended the city's green efforts ... range of environmental issues Games organisers had addressed since it was awarded the event seven years ago. 'In some ways, [global media] are focusing on air quality at the expense of many ...

  3. How China's NGOs can make a difference

    Posted Dec 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with China's growth targets adds to the social challenges facing the government. It should spark a reappraisal of how best to strike a balance between allowing these groups to develop and maintaining ... a difference. China provides two cases in point- last year's Sichuan earthquake disaster and the scandal of the tainted milk powder that killed six children and made hundreds of thousands ill, ...

  4. The great wall of Beijing: official plans to lock down whole city

    Posted Jul 06th 2010, 12:00am by Priscilla Jiao

    ... at village entrances. More surveillance cameras will be installed and hundreds of trained watchmen have been dispatched to work in local police stations, mainland media have reported. The scheme has sparked heated discussion among internet users, scholars and in the mainland and foreign media. Many people say the villages are more like prisons and the scheme is a form of discrimination ...

  5. China calls for credit for curbing population

    Posted Dec 12th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... the vice-minister said. 'China's population management has made an important contribution to the goal of finding a global solution to climate change,' she said. Zhao said the mainland's ... that the total impact from all sources can be expressed as one figure. China's annual emissions currently stand at more than 6.28 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide- based on 2007 figures- slightly ...

  6. No amount of smog can cloud eyes of the world

    Posted Jul 30th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... But in taking on this great honour, China may have bitten off more than it can chew. Tom Plate is a veteran journalist and author, most recently, of Confessions of an American Media Man ... that observers on the ground in China will see, the second is the event the rest of the world will see, and the third is the event or events no one may ever see. On the mainland, ...

  7. Letters

    Posted Sep 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the judiciary but cautioned that the judiciary could not deal with all of Hong Kong's social and political problems ('Don't expect courts to solve all HK's problems, Ma says', ... But this increasing faith has led to a corresponding rise in what is expected from our judges. What Hongkongers must begin to appreciate is that courts cannot solve large-scale social and political problems. ...

  8. Power-hungry militarists must not squander China's wealth

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

    ... media routinely focuses on the heroic rescue efforts following these 'unpredictable'' disasters. But this not the case with earthquakes in China. In fact, we can safely predict ... United States, squandering wealth on the pursuit of global supremacy. A nouveau riche China now wants to follow the same dead-end road. When will our leaders, our people and the media begin ...

  9. Climate caps don't work for China

    Posted Dec 07th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang, Shi Jiangtao

    ... that China, the world's top carbon emitter, is unwilling to sacrifice economic growth as part of any deal to curb greenhouse gases. China scored political points late last month when it announced ... hailed the move as a positive message for the global climate talks intended to produce an agreement to supplement the Kyoto Protocol, sceptics are quick to point out that what China promised ...

  10. No turning back in China's drive for clean energy

    Posted Mar 20th 2011, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... for fresh uranium. China has long held ambitions to become a big user of nuclear energy to fuel its rapidly growing economy, which is critical to maintaining social stability. It also wants ... Eric Ng State-owned China National Nuclear Corp signed an accord last November with France's Areva, a big provider of nuclear technology, that is key to Beijing's plans ...




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