Workers sort out packages at a delivery company warehouse to be delivered to customers on November 12, the day after Singles’ Day. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

Singles’ Day sales are no cause for optimism – when Chinese consumerism wakes, it may trash the world

  • The good news is that China’s Singles’ Day numbers show it is boosting domestic demand, becoming less reliant on exports
  • The bad news? If China, and India, replicate the West’s consumption and waste habits, we’ll have an environmental crisis

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Workers sort out packages at a delivery company warehouse to be delivered to customers on November 12, the day after Singles’ Day. Photo: AFP
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Luisa Tam
Luisa Tam
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

Blowing Water by Luisa Tam

Don’t blame China’s appetite for meat alone as we all have an equal responsibility to save the planet

  • An article in The Economist says China’s growing hunger for red meat threatens Latin American forests and Arctic ice caps
  • But despite China’s 1.4 billion population, its meat consumption per capita was 61.05kg compared to 115.13kg of the US, according to a UN report in 2013

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