Category Archives: Consumption

Privatizing clean air

As living with toxic air becomes part of people’s mundane daily lives during the winter in northern and central China’s cities, it’s inevitable that the entrepreneurial exuberance of many urban residents will find ways to commodify the right of breathing … Continue reading

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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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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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