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White House releases fact sheet on The United States-Brazil Strategic Energy Dialogue

The White House has disclosed the details on the US-Brazil Strategic Energy Dialog during Obama’s recent trip to Brazil […]

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China, Technology & the Environment: Emissions cut target “may hurt developing countries’ development”

The emissions cut target proposed by developed countries is “unfair” to developing countries, a Chinese expert said recently: Pan Jiahua, executive director of the research centre for sustainable development of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, made the statement in an interview with Xinhua at the Global Economic Symposium (GES 2009) held in Ploen Castle, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany […]

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China, Technology & the Environment: per-unit energy consumption falls 3.35% in the first half of 2009

China’s energy consumption to produce a unit of gross domestic product (GDP) dropped 3.35 percent year on year in the first half of 2009, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in a statement recently. The decrease compared with 2.88 percent in the first half of last year […]

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Watch Gordon Brown’s “Wiring a web for global good” talk at TED

“We’re at a unique moment in history”, says UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown: we can use today’s interconnectedness to develop our shared global ethic — and work together to confront the challenges of poverty, security, climate change and the economy […]

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Living in China: urban population exceeds 600 milion with rural income’s yawning gap

China’s urban population surged to 607 million with an urbanization rate of 45.7 percent at the end of 2008, a social researcher revealed recently […]

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China, Technology and the Environment: building the world’s largest solar power base

China’s first demonstration project integrating wind power, photovoltaic power and power storage was recently established in Zhangbei, northern China’s Hebei province with a planned total investment of over 8 billion yuan (nearly 1.2 billion US dollars) […]

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Architecture & Urban Planning in China: future cities to make small carbon footprint

Even as China undergoes one of the most rapid urban transformations in the world, the Chinese government is promoting sustainable development to curb the country’s growing rate of carbon emissions, a World Bank urban specialist said in Beijing on recently […]


Design, Technology & Urban Planning: Silos of Technology, Interoperability, and Digital Cities

There’s an interesting article by Rob Colman in Green Business who chatted with Dan Campbell of the City of Vancouver and Geoff Zeiss about digital cities and how by enabling interoperability between architecture, engineering and construction design models such as BIM, telecom and public works network design, and gaming engines for video games, we can model cities holistically by creating 3D urban models that not only look good but offer the depth of information required to make real decisions […]

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China, Technology, Innovation and the Environment: Self-innovation key for China’s industrial modernization

China should focus on self-innovation rather than over-reliance on technology imports to achieve the industrial modernization, according to a blue paper issued by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) recently. The report was made upon CASS’s survey on the country’s 15 key industries. The result showed inadequate investment in self-innovation in China, which has held back the country from faster industrialization […]

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China, Technology, Innovation and the Environment: Carbon Emissions Research

In view of the recent research publication from the China Energy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the China Green Building blog discusses the embodied and operational carbon emissions in China’s buildings: China’s buildings officially account for 19% of China’s total energy consumption but according to various Chinese academics, buildings probably account for more like 23%. This is expected to rise to 30% by 2010, broadly in line with the US…