Monthly Archives: November 2014

More on the ivory trade in China: can elephants be saved by shanzhai ivory? Probably not.

The latest issue of the journal Biological Conservation features a study by Gao Yufang and Susan Clark, both of Yale University, on the trends and drivers of the ivory trade in China.  One of their most interesting arguments is that … Continue reading

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Migration as ethnic integration

Last May, following a deadly suicide attack on an Urumqi street market that left 39 dead and 94 injured, Xi Jinping called for further integration of Uighurs into mainstream Chinese society.  Uighur separatism, China’s leaders have assumed, was responsible for … Continue reading

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“Air Pollution Eventually Controlled”

Beijing is hosting the APEC meetings this week.  A good excuse to clean up the air a bit!  As reported recently by the New York Times, Thousands of factories have closed and thousands more have been ordered to reduce emissions … Continue reading

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The illegal ivory trade in China, courtesy of Xi Jinping

It is well known that China is the world’s number-one destination for illegal ivory.  As the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has observed, the gains brought by the International Ivory Trade Ban have been significantly undermined in recent years … Continue reading

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670,000 smog-related deaths a year in China

A new study estimates that in 2012 there were 670,000 deaths caused by smog from coal burning in China.  The study is part of the China Coal Consumption Cap Project, which began a year ago as a collaborative project between … Continue reading

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