China Watch, Food, Renewable Energy, News, Natural Disasters & Peacemaking, e2 - Eye on Earth
As temperatures and human pressures have increased in China’s mountainous west over the past decade, the headwaters of two major river arteries, the Yellow and the Yangtze, are drying up at an alarming rate. The Chinese government has poured in money and other resources in an attempt to reverse or mitigate this trend, but observers remain pessimistic about finding a long-term cure.
As of late June, 297 cities in China had not yet built adequate sewage treatment plants, an official with the Ministry of Construction reported
on October 10th. Of these nearly 300 cities, 63 are larger urban areas, including 8 with populations of more than 500,000.
Washington, DC— In places as diverse as the Philippines, India, and New York City, people are addressing complex environmental problems by finding their positive "tipping points"—a point where catalytic action can set off a cascade of positive changes that tip the system towards sustainability. "We don't have to solve an entire problem at once. We make a few key changes and let a system use its self-organizing powers to mend itself," write Gerald Marten, Steve Brooks, and Amanda Suutari, authors of Environmental Tipping Points: A New Slant on Strategic Environmentalism.
Washington, D.C. — Today the Worldwatch Institute launched its China
Watch news service (http://www.worldwatch.org/features/chinawatch/
reporting on developments in energy, agriculture, population, water,
health, and the environment in China. This new online feature is a joint
initiative of Worldwatch and the Beijing-based Global Environmental
Institute (GEI), made possible through the support of the Blue Moon
Over 70 percent of China's big cities, more than half of its population of 1.3 billion, and 75 percent of its key industrial and agricultural areas are located in regions prone to weather-related and geological disasters, according to Xinhua News Agency
Since the latest outbreak of avian flu began in southeast Asia in 2003, public health officials, farmers, veterinarians, government officials, and the media have referred to the threat as a “natural” disaster. However, avian flu, mad cow disease, and other emerging diseases that can jump from animals to humans are symptoms of a larger change taking place in agriculture: the spread of factory farming. In the latest release from the Worldwatch Institute, Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry, Research Associate Danielle Nierenberg describes how factory farms are breaking the cycle between small farmers, their animals, and the environment, with collateral damage to human health and local communities. Mitigating the fallout will require a new approach to the way animals are raised, concludes Nierenberg.
In mid-August, China’s aviation administration, CAAC, issued a series of new policies aimed at increasing
private investment in the civil aviation sector, according to a recent report released by the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation
On September 25, the Chinese government set new regulations
on Internet news content, strengthening its control over the operations of online news organizations and the country’s rapidly growing Internet population.
Johannesburg, South Africa—In a plenary speech to the 18th World Petroleum Congress today, Worldwatch Institute President Christopher Flavin declared that, "Global energy markets are at a tipping point, with new energy sources ready to begin replacing oil and other fossil fuels."
Unless rainfall increases by at least 80 percent over last year, the remaining surface water in China’s 100,000 hectare Xianghai State Nature Reserve could dry up completely by the end of 2006. Loss of the massive wetland area would likely take the future of several of the world’s rare and endangered bird species with it.