Awareness Brings Small Victories in Battle Against Human Trafficking

There is progress in the fight against human trafficking in Asia, according to Carol Yost, director of the Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program.

Studies Affirm Value of Biodiversity in Meeting Human Needs

The twin goals of meeting humanitarian needs and conserving plant and animal species don’t necessarily have to conflict, according to two studies released at the eighth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Curitiba, Brazil, in late March.

China to Become Second Largest Tourism Economy within the Decade

As China’s tourism industry flourishes, the country is poised to become the world’s second largest travel and tourism economy after the United States by 2015, according to a new report from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

Villagers Attack Factories over Pollution in Eastern China

More than 100 villagers rampaged through a tannery complex in Quanzhou in China’s eastern Fujian Province on April 9, attacking several factories over their air and water pollution.

Study Highlights Four Key Health Challenges in Developing Countries; China Struggling With All

A new publication, Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries, identifies four key challenges faced by the public health sector in the developing world: the transformation of epidemiology, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the emergence of new diseases, and high sanitation imbalances among countries.

CHEERLEADING FOR NUCLEAR? LOOKING BEYOND THE HYPE

Washington, DC—Many politicians and even a few environmentalists have begun advocating nuclear power as a remedy for climate change. And in an effort to ride the coattails of a far more popular set of energy alternatives, political leaders including U.S. President George W. Bush are now referring to nuclear power as "a renewable source of energy".

Pigs: A Boon to Yunnan's Biological Diversity?

As environmentalists lament the rapid loss of forest landscapes in southwestern China's Yunnan Province, they may now have an unlikely ally in their efforts to preserve this biologically diverse region: pig geneticists.

China's Remaining Intact Forests Face Grim Threat

Only 0.1 percent of China's intact forest landscapes—which cover an area of 55,448 square kilometers, or 2 percent of the nation's total forest resources—are under strict protection.

China Imposes Consumption Tax on Large Cars, Environmentally Un-sound Goods

Starting April 1, Chinese consumers who buy cars with engine capacities of more than four liters will be required to pay a consumption tax of 20 percent.

China Releases Latest Census Results

China's population was 1,306,280,000 on November 1, 2005, according to the latest census report released by China's National Bureau of Statistics on March 16. The number, which excludes Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, was estimated to reach 1,307,560,000 by the end of 2005.
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