Sustainability news often comes out of China at a trickle. This past month, it’s been a deluge
I’m walking through a factory in the southern province of Guangdong. Little beads of sweat run down my back as I try to concentrate through the early summer heat.
Shanghailanders have enjoyed what, on the surface, appears to be a summer of blue skies. In recent weeks, locals have come to affectionately refer to this as G-20 Blue in light of the upcoming summit in the neighboring city of Hangzhou. News articles have also pointed to an improvement in the country’s air situation as a whole, although Shanghai doesn’t seem to be contributing to this trend. I wanted to find out whether G-20 Blue is just a fleeting dream or something we can hope to look forward to more often.
July is the official start of campaign season in the U.S., with both major parties selecting their nominee for the highest office in the land. Across the Pacific, Shanghai’s been holding a little campaign of its own. This one isn’t fraught with plagiarized speeches or missing e-mails. No. This campaign is all about ethics and how to create a society based on the rule of law.
Greenpeace, the not-so-quiet critic of China vis-à-vis the environment, released a statement this week that was more conciliatory than damning. In the statement, the international organization cited a 1-2% drop in China’s use of coal.
With the start of a new year, it’s helpful to discuss where China’s social sector is heading. Of course with such a rapidly evolving space in the world’s fastest growing economy the ability to predict the future is quite difficult. There are, though, some trends we have seen over the past year that are likely to continue throughout 2014.