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
China has previously “declared war on pollution,” and our polluting actions might be deemed a war on the environment. But no one, except leaders of small island nations, is talking about the War of Inaction. This is the war we wage when we refuse to take action to mitigate the effects of climate change and ignore the … More The War No One is Talking About
Dear COP 21 Policymakers, Stop saying we can ‘solve’ climate change. I (and many of us) have often used the word “solve” for addressing climate change, but I think the word incorrectly frames the issue. Climate change is not something we will eradicate in our lifetime or in any near century. Even if we do “solve” it, … More We Can’t “Solve” Climate Change
As I sit here in London, sometimes it feels weird seeing racial turmoil unfolding in my own country while I’m studying environmental problems and writing about China. As a black woman who has spent lots of time in China, I have certainly had my fair share of uncomfortable run-ins with racism, ignorance, and confusion. Many … More Black, White and Green all Over: Race in Climate Negotiations