Environment

The Problem(s) With China’s Population Drop

Jan. 17, 2023 589 comments By Paul Krugman Opinion Columnist 阅读简体中文版閱讀繁體中文版Leer en español “China’s population declined last year, for the first time since the mass deaths associated with Mao Zedong’s disastrous Great Leap Forward in the 1960s. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that China has announced that its population declined. Many observers are skeptical about …

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Russia’s War Could Make It India’s World

The invasion of Ukraine, compounding the effects of the pandemic, has contributed to the ascent of a giant that defies easy alignment. It could be the decisive force in a changing global system. By Roger Cohen Photographs by Mauricio Lima Roger Cohen, the Paris bureau chief, and Mauricio Lima spent almost two weeks in India, traveling between …

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Beijing Is Tackling Its Air Pollution Problem. Why Can’t New Delhi?

The return of smog season in India’s capital has again left residents asking why nothing has changed. The answer may be largely political. By Suhasini Raj, Matt Stevens, John Yoon and Keith Bradsher Suhasini Raj reported from New Delhi, Matt Stevens and John Yoon from Seoul and Keith Bradsher from Beijing. Nov. 22, 2022, 3:00 a.m. ET A decade ago, the …

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Can China’s leader deliver?

A party congress appears set to give Xi Jinping five more years in power. He has big goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and big challenges. Give this article By Raymond Zhong Oct. 18, 2022 阅读简体中文版閱讀繁體中文版 You’re reading the Climate Forward newsletter, for Times subscribers only.  Your must-read guide to the climate crisis. The world’s most important …

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How China Targets the Global Fish Supply

By Steven Lee Myers, Agnes Chang, Derek Watkins and Claire FuSept. 26, 2022 With its own coastal waters depleted, China has built a global fishing operation unmatched by any other country. A Chinese ship fishing for squid off the west coast of South America in July 2021.Isaac Haslam/Sea Shepherd via Associated Press The Chinese effort has prompted diplomatic and legal …

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For China’s Auto Market, Electric Isn’t the Future. It’s the Present.

More electric cars will be sold in the country this year than in the rest of the world combined, as its domestic market accelerates ahead of the global competition. By Daisuke Wakabayashi and Claire Fu Sept. 26, 2022, “Zhang Youping, a Chinese retiree, purchased an all-electric, small sport-utility vehicle from BYD — China’s largest electric vehicle maker — …

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Red Flags for Forced Labor Found in China’s Car Battery Supply Chain

Ties to potentially coercive labor practices could prove a problem for an industry that is heavily dependent on China, once a new law barring Xinjiang products goes into effect. By Ana Swanson and Chris Buckley June 20, 2022Updated 8:11 a.m. ET “The photograph on the mining conglomerate’s social media account showed 70 ethnic Uyghur workers standing at attention under …

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These Revered Cranes Escaped Extinction. Can They Survive Without Humans?

Conservators vastly increased the numbers of red-crowned cranes, a symbol of loyalty and longevity in Japanese culture. That’s just a start. By Motoko Rich and Hikari Hida Photographs by James Whitlow DelanoMarch 21, 2022. “KUSHIRO, Japan — The dance of the red-crowned cranes commenced, an impromptu pas de deux. The pair approached each other with a bow. They crossed …

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Beijing Wanted the Winter Olympics. All It Needed Was Snow.

The environmentally unfriendly secret of winter sports is that many competitions take place on artificial snow. China’s water-scarce capital had to go to enormous lengths to make enough of it. By Matthew Futterman and Raymond ZhongPublished Feb. 5, 2022Updated Feb. 6, 2022阅读简体中文版閱讀繁體中文版Leer en español “BEIJING — China did not move mountains to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. But it flooded a …

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China’s Births Hit Historic Low, a Political Problem for Beijing

The demographic crisis, a challenge to the economy, also signals a limit to the reach of the government, which has struggled recently to grow the population. By Steven Lee Myers and Alexandra StevensonJan. 17, 202, “China announced on Monday that its birthrate plummeted for a fifth straight year in 2021, moving the world’s most populous country closer to …

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