2009

Old is the new new. Young urban Chinese choose traditional arts, culture and beliefs. http://bit.ly/SZaKf # Amid calls for a ban on public evangelism, Singapore PM warns of the negative effects of aggressive proselytizing. http://bit.ly/8Vla0 # China needs low-carbon development to ensure its energy security and could be a model for other nations http://bit.ly/190y2W #…

Read More Weekly Updates for 2009-09-20

Tensions high after Urumqi unrest. "The riots and protests came as a huge embarrassment to the Chinese government." http://bit.ly/SoBi8 # China claims to have spent 1 trillion yuan (US$146billion) in ecological conservation over the past decade http://bit.ly/2msnz1 # Singapore teenage spirit medium made suicide pact with friends http://bit.ly/jGReK # An odd and interesting discussion of…

Read More Weekly Updates for 2009-09-13

We Are All Madoffs – Our relationship to the natural world is a Ponzi scheme http://bit.ly/2L7edN # Chinese environmentalists win prestigious Magsaysay prize http://bit.ly/mPanr # Chinese govt. backed biopic of Confucius, starring Chow Yun-Fat http://bit.ly/40qqUM # Malaysia Star reports on Ghost Festival http://bit.ly/ubHuF # Police in Urumqi use tear gas to quash Han Chinese protests…

Read More Weekly Updates for 2009-09-06

Much intellectual discourse about Chinese philosophical and religious views of nature focuses on ideals such as harmony between humans and the natural world, or “forming one body with heaven and earth” (tian ren he yi). But when it comes to historical studies of Chinese environmental history, it’s hard to find instances of where this ideal…

Read More what climate change means for religion in china

As Asia follows Western economic models, the West asks there any point in fighting to stave off industrial apocalypse? http://bit.ly/HP3xY # Organic agriculture is the key to China's food security http://bit.ly/KNBwC # Shanghai mayor sees bankers bereft of conscience. Confucian values challenge development of financial entrepreneurship http://bit.ly/v55Ev #

Read More Weekly Updates for 2009-08-23

China closes factory after cadmium pollution protest http://bit.ly/1a01Vo # 138 children tested for excessive lead in blood in NW China http://bit.ly/23S6SY # Tainted tap water sickens 4,307 in N. China city http://bit.ly/6KcAS # China’s green leap forward | csmonitor.com http://bit.ly/5LmoN # From automotive to renewable energy manufacturing. If it can happen in Baoding, maybe it…

Read More Weekly Updates for 2009-08-16

In today’s Christian Science Monitor, I published an op-ed piece that ties together some of the themes that I’ve been blogging about lately: Is democracy the best vehicle to ensure sustainable development? What is the Confucian view of the human person and its relationship to the environment? How is the Confucian renaissance in China changing…

Read More How Confucianism could curb global warming

On Sunday the New York Times published a report,  China Outpaces U.S. in Cleaner Coal-Fired Plants, which documented China’s transition to cleaner forms of energy. Although much of China’s energy needs are still met by inefficient coal-fired power stations with poor track records in terms of emissions, China has begun to invest heavily in cleaner coal technology…

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