Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Chinese businessman Chen Guangbiao crushes luxury car to fight oil — Transition Voice

Chinese businessman Chen Guangbiao crushes luxury car to fight oil — Transition Voice: "In advance of China’s National Car-Free Day in September, Chen Guangbiao, a flamboyant but green-friendly billionaire, staged a publicity stunt where he had a Mercedes-Benz sedan crushed.
After an excavator crushed the luxury car at his corporate headquarters in Nanjing, Chen, who purchased hundreds of bikes for his employees, then lead fifty of them into a street ride, carrying signs saying ”expand public transport vehicles, double parking fees and oil prices.”"

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

People of China are just roadkill to the 1%

A Horrific Crash Sets Off Online Anger in China - "But another study, by the World Health Organization, cast serious doubt on the official Chinese figures. Comparing policy data with hospital records, the study concluded that the real death rate from traffic accidents was roughly twice the official figure. That would make China’s roads the most dangerous among middle-income countries."

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nature is talking. Are we listening?

Thai floods may disrupt global electronics supply chain for several quarters - The Globe and Mail: "Global electronics firms expect supply disruption caused by flooding in Thailand to continue for several quarters and the Thai operations of Japan's Toshiba Corporation are expected to resume in January at the earliest, executives said."

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ConocoPhillips: Millions in Washington Lobbying Preserves Billions in Big Oil Subsidies | Kleptocracy Chronicles

ConocoPhillips: Millions in Washington Lobbying Preserves Billions in Big Oil Subsidies | Kleptocracy Chronicles: "CONOCO PHILLIPS: MILLIONS IN WASHINGTON LOBBYING PRESERVES BILLIONS IN BIG OIL SUBSIDIES
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 39: Communication 1
IronBoltBruce’s Kleptocracy Chronicles for 25 Oct 2011 (g1a2d0039c1)
How many examples of greed and corruption must you see before you act?"

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

China discovering the hellish nature of car culture

Outpouring of grief as China's hit-and-run toddler dies: "GUANGZHOU, Oct.21 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese toddler who was hit by two vehicles on a market street and subsequently ignored by 18 passersby died in the hospital on Friday, doctors said. Her death triggered a nationwide wave of mourning, as the incident has been closely followed by people who are concerned about a seeming lack of morality in Chinese society."

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

China May Surpass U.S. Per Capita Carbon Emission Levels By 2017

China May Surpass U.S. Per Capita Carbon Emission Levels By 2017: "The report states that China's per capita carbon emission were at 2.2 tons in 1990, but have since risen to 6.8 tons. That amount is about equal with Italy and more than France. During that same time frame, U.S. per capita emissions have dropped from 19.7 tons to 16.9 tons."

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Headline writers betray oil-bias - not balance

"Chinese subway crash renews doubts about infrastructure frenzy"

Yes, there is a problem in China with rapid growth. But how many lives have been saved by public transit investment?
Should there not instead be an article titled this way?

"China public transit saves many lives."
"U.S. car-culture kills and maims everyday, but gets precious little questioning."

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cars will destroy China's economy as they did to U.S.

Car-free campaign falls flat | Industries | "Traffic congestion on Beijing's north Fourth Ring Road shows few signs of easing during the afternoon rush hours on Sept 22, 2011, as the capital marked the annual World Car Free Day. Authorities in several major Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, banned private cars from some roads on Thursday to promote the special occasion. [Photo/China Daily]"

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

China Shuts Solar Panel Factory After Antipollution Protests -

China Shuts Solar Panel Factory After Antipollution Protests - "BEIJING — The Chinese authorities have suspended production at a solar panel factory after protests by residents who blame the plant for fouling the air and water, a government Web site said Monday."

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

China prepares for 5th Car-Free Day - People's Daily Online

China prepares for 5th Car-Free Day - People's Daily Online: "China's fifth Car-Free Day will be launched on Sept. 22, with this year's theme "Green Transport & Future City", the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Construction revealed at a press conference on Wednesday.

The main purpose of the campaign is to nurture green transport concept, improve public transit system and enhance environmental protection and alleviating traffic congestion. "Green travel" is advocated to strengthen Chinese cities' sustainable development capacities. "

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One Billion Cars Now on World’s Roads, Driven by Exploding Demand from China | ThinkProgress

One Billion Cars Now on World’s Roads, Driven by Exploding Demand from China | ThinkProgress: China put 16.8 million vehicles on the road in 2010. Industry analysts were forecasting another 15% jump in sales in 2011, but the market slumped after the government stopped providing subsidies for car buyers in order to temper the market. Even so, China’s vehicle population could surpass America’s in just a few years.

Monday, July 18, 2011

NORINCO to build #transit for Lahore

MoU signed between the Punjab Government and NORINCO | Business | DAWN.COM: "Under the agreement, a 27km long railway track will be laid from Gaju Matta on Ferozpur Road to Shahdara of which 7km long portion will be underground.Chairman Lahore Transport Company Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan and Vice President NORINCO Zhang Shipping signed the document on behalf of Punjab government and China respectively."

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

China high speed train in final testing - Asia-pacific - Al Jazeera English

China high speed train in final testing - Asia-pacific - Al Jazeera English: "China is carrying out the final testing on its high speed rail network, linking the commercially important cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

The new trains will cut the journey between the cities to nearly five hours, making them twice as fast as the existing trains."

Monday, June 27, 2011

Climate Change: It's bad and getting worse - Features - Al Jazeera English

Flooding in China is currently affecting approximately five million people [GALLO/GETTY]
Climate Change: It's bad and getting worse - Features - Al Jazeera English: "The rate of ice loss in two of Greenland's largest glaciers has increased so much in the last 10 years that the amount of melted water would be enough to completely fill Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes in North America.

West Texas is currently undergoing its worst drought since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, leaving wheat and cotton crops in the state in an extremely dire situation due to lack of soil moisture, as wildfires continue to burn."

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Climate disruption in China. We need to eliminate the private auto, not make it electric.

BBC News - Fatal floods hit China forcing over 500,000 to flee: "China has raised the disaster alert to the highest level, as flooding spreads across central and southern provinces
Days of torrential rain have forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people in central and southern China.
The government has described flooding in some areas as the worst since 1955 and has mobilised troops to evacuate some 555,000 people."

Monday, June 13, 2011

China downpours unleash floods, killing over 100 - AlertNet

A woman shovels mud at her house after a landslide triggered by heavy rainfalls in Linxiang, Hunan province June 11, 2011. REUTERS/Darley Wong

China downpours unleash floods, killing over 100 - AlertNet: "BEIJING, June 12 (Reuters) - Torrential rains battering central and southern China unleashed floods and landslides that killed more than 100 people, turning areas enduring drought just over a week ago into scenes of muddy destruction, local news reports said on Sunday.

Forecasters warned that intense rain was likely to keep striking some areas through Monday and beyond.

In Yueyang in Hunan province in the south, weather stations recorded more than 200 millimetres (eight inches) of rain in six hours, the kind of downpour that hits once every 300 years, the China News Service reported, citing local officials.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Cars choking China

Image: VLKR, via Flickr
Chinese Mayors Encourage Car Owners to Use Public Transit Instead: Scientific American: "... the proliferation of private cars on the road is turning cities into gridlocked nightmares. Already, Beijing's emergency medical centers have begun sending paramedics by motorcycles, instead of ambulances, to maneuver through stalled traffic."

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

China Drought Prompts U.N. to Issue Warning -

Sheng Li/Reuters
A farmer looked at her withered wheat plants in a dry field last month in China’s Shandong province.

China Drought Prompts U.N. to Issue Warning - "HONG KONG — The United Nations’ food agency issued an alert on Tuesday warning that a severe drought was threatening the wheat crop in China, the world’s largest wheat producer, and resulting in shortages of drinking water for people and livestock."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Buses should be free to ride"

Public buses should be free to ride, said a representative at the Sichuan Provincial People's Congress yesterday.

"Implementing free public buses within the city will reduce basic operation costs," said representative Zhai Feng. Zhai argued that free city buses would reduce traffic congestion as well as air and noise pollution. Currently, says Zhai, bus trips account for only 20 percent of trips made in Chengdu.

Zhai suggested a step-by-step implementation of a free-bus scheme, starting with central and commercial areas as well as schools and workplaces. The system would be paid for by government funding, corporate sponsors, and advertising.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

China province faces worst drought in a century

BEIJING, Jan 24 (Reuters) - China's eastern province of Shandong is facing its worst drought in a century, with nearly a quarter of a million residents facing drinking water shortages, while more snow is expected in the south, state media said on Monday.

In the Shandong cities of Linyi, Rizhao and Weifang, the dry spell has lowered reservoirs so dramatically that authorities are using fire trucks to deliver daily drinking water supplies to residents, the China Daily reported...

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Disasters challenge China's water supplies

Disasters challenge China's water supplies: "BEIJING - As extreme weather becomes more frequent in China due to the effects of climate change, the country's weak water projects are facing unexpected challenges, a senior official said."