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A Light Bulb Moment: Promoting Energy Efficient Lighting

Imagine if New York decided to eliminate all of its cars and factories or to simply switch off its entire energy use, and in so doing remove all of its carbon emissions by 2012. That is about the same effect that China's transformational Green Lights Project is set to have, cutting the country's ele more

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Chinese Farmers Plant a Seed for a Chemical Free Future

Seventy year-old Dang Jiuru always dreamed of sending his grandson to university, but until recently his lifelong ambition seemed destined to remain unfulfilled. His apple orchard in Luochuan County, Shaanxi Province, simply didn't make enough money. But just two years since he took the bold step of more

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Combating Climate Change: Commercialising Clean Transport

Since the 1990’s, China’s rapid growth has rested on the expansion of heavy industry and urbanisation. Rising private wealth has also escalated demand for private and public transportation. Today, coal and oil combustion constitute 90% of China’s total energy use, carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and ozo more

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Combating Climate Change: Green Refrigeration

When is a sticker not just a sticker? When it represents one of the most significant domestic energy reforms in Chinese history. The innocuous looking energy efficiency sticker, which now appears on all refrigerators sold in China, has come to represent an entirely new set of national energy efficie more

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Environmental Justice: Working Together to Protect the Environment

As the sun rides higher in the sky, Yi minority villager Yu Zerun begins his long journey home. On his way he will collect firewood and a bag of mushrooms to conceal the real target of his morning's expedition into the nature reserve. It is nearly time for his weekly visit to the nearby town to trad more

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Guangxi Sugarcane Farmers Scale Up Yields, Increase Drought Resilience

  During the dry half of the year, Li Zhi Wen, a sugarcane farmer in Lianhe Village of Shangsi County in Guangxi, and his wife, Qin Shaozhen, must lead an ox cart three kilometers away to obtain water. Without a dependable water source, it is difficult for them to maintain their sugarcane field more

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Migrating Winter Birds: Charting a New Course for Biodiversity Conservation

Each year, as winter's chill settles over Shandong Province, 56 year-old farmer Yuan Xueshun puts down his work and braves the cold to circle around Rongcheng Lake in search of migrating Whooper Swans. For 35 years he has dedicated his life to the protection of these wild birds and their habitat nea more

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Preserving Biodiversity and Restoring Ecosystems

At over 3,400 metres above sea level, visitors to the Ruoergai peat lands on the edge of the Tibetan plateau may find that their most striking feature is not their natural beauty, but the thousands of man-made drainage holes that scar the landscape. Used mainly to reduce water levels and make the la more

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Providing a Healing Hand to Sustainable Biodiversity

As the sun rides higher in the sky, Yi minority villager Yu Zerun begins his long journey home. On his way he will collect firewood and a bag of mushrooms to conceal the real target of his morning's expedition into the nature reserve. It is nearly time for his weekly visit to the nearby town to trad more

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Remodelling Chinese Homes for the Next Millennium

When most people think of remodelling it is often the physical changes, like adding new curtains, modern flooring or wallpaper, that first come  to mind.  But for the 337 million  rural Chinese residents  – representing  32 percent  of the total population  – that more