Last Sunday as I left a Starbucks in North London, I glanced into the trash bin and saw heaps of plastic cups. I was both annoyed and confused. Why did they bother to have plastic recyclable cups if they did not have a recycling bin in the store? I decided to contact the UK Starbucks customer … More A Waste
The rhythm and color bursting through Rio’s opening ceremony on Friday suddenly halted when a somber segment on climate change and environmental problems began. The segment startled viewers by explaining carbon emissions, increasing temperatures, and rising sea levels. Why bring this up in such a festive event brimming with joy and pride? Well, the whole world was watching, so … More Rio and the Games of Climate Change
China’s new straddling bus, which debuted in Qinhuangdao as a test run on Tuesday, is a remarkable invention for relieving congestion, and thus, car exhaustion in cities like Beijing where one can sit in traffic for over an hour to go two miles. The transit elevated bus (TEB) could replace 40 conventional buses and increase road space. … More China’s Magic Bus, Curse of Cars
Forget blood diamonds, a new smog diamond has attracted netizens’ attention. Recently a new World Economic Forum post has been circling the Internet. The post is about a Dutch artist’s new tower that can turn pollution in Chinese cities into diamonds. He states that, “In the future waste should not exist” and that the revenue … More Smog Diamonds Shine Bright but are a Dull Solution
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Brexit was only the beginning of a domino effect of events that cast a dark cloud over Britain’s—and Europe’s, and the whole world’s—future. This week Theresa May became the … More From Brexit to Chintervention: Opportunity for China as Global Green Leader
Concerns on immigration have arisen within the recent Brexit debate. Brexit advocates suggest that leaving would make the UK less attractive to migrants, an increasing cause of concern. Leave campaigners insist that staying in the EU would worsen problems of “uncontrolled” migration from both European and non-European countries into Britain. However, David Cameron, a Remain supporter, … More Brexit, Immigration and Global Animosity
Recently I have travelled to Iceland and Croatia—hotspots for environmental spectacles. Most of the parks were pristine, and the resources were well preserved. The scenery was unique and breathtaking. As I begin my dissertation research on ecotourism initiatives on the Tibetan Plateau, I have reflected on my own experiences in ecotravel in Europe and China. Ecotourism is not … More Sustainable Tourism?
The Chinese government recently declared that “no more weird buildings” would be allowed for construction. The statement came from the State Council after leaders met for the Central Urban Work Conference. Xi Jinping initiated this idea two years ago during a speech at a literary symposium, saying that such art should “serve the people.” Some … More Bye-bye Bizarre Buildings!
Over the past month, the developed world in the West has battled numerous effects of climate change and environmental degradation—flooding in England, tornado-snow-thunderstorms in the United States, and, more recently, the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. These cases remind us that state wealth does not necessarily guarantee immunity from environmental harms. Social inequalities, like the effects … More No Immunity with Inequalities
In December, the Chinese government issued two Red Alerts for air in Beijing. And the media – both internationally and nationally in China – clamored over the news. This massive media coverage can certainly be good for raising awareness on the issue, but there are a few adverse effects that hurt the environmental movement overall. … More Media Madness & Meibanfa