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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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Building Back Better and Greener

Before the devastating Wenchuan earthquake in southwestern China on 12 May, 2008, 62 year-old Qing Liehua's main source of income and food for his family was through raising chickens. After the earthquake destroyed his home in Qinghe Village, Sichuan Province, however, he lost everything, including 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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Enhancing China’s South-South Policy Dialogue on Poverty Reduction

South-South cooperation is making a growing contribution to global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. China’s rapid growth and development has caught the attention of many developing countries across the world, who are increasingly keen to learn from its experiences, especially in 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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From 22 days to 22 Seconds: Modernising China’s Customs Administration

It was not so long ago that anything entering or leaving China would have been subject to a long customs clearance process. To the average person this process might have seemed insignificant, but for the millions of young entrepreneurs looking to make the most out of economic reforms this used to re more

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From Fruit to Biodiesel

Hainanese farmer, Song Heyi, is excited, and for good reason. Drawing on his entrepreneurial skills and with the combined assistance of UNDP and the Ministry of Science and Technology, he is transforming non-arable wasteland into a sustainable business and an environmental asset. At the heart of Son 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