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Not Just Another Brick in the Wall

Wang Jingli has lived in the region around Wangyu village in China’s Hebei province for almost thirty years. The region, located in the mountainous area north of Shihe District, Qinhuangdao is famous for cherry cultivation and rural tourism. Wangyu’s local population of 938 used to live across five More

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A More Sustainable Home for Migratory Birds in Gansu

Migratory birds like black-necked cranes and swans are often subject to illegal hunting. The Gahai Zecha National Nature Reserve in Gansu Province has seen its fair share of injured birds every year. These wildfowls are very attached to their partners, often wailing at the loss. Growing up in GuomaoMore

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Producing Paint Using Marine-Friendly Alternatives to DDT

Tang Hao has been a seasoned worker in the production of Anti Fouling Paint (AFP) for nearly a decade. He began working in Zhejiang Flying Whale Paint Ltd, Feijing, in his mid- 20s but was unaware that the paint he dealt with every day was DDT-based and extremely harmful to humans and wildlife. DDT More

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Biodiversity Conservation Yields Organic Tea

As a seasoned tea farmer, Li Mingshui is well acquainted with Xinyang Maofeng tea, one of the most famous green teas in China. “To cultivate the best tea leaves, it is important to find a place with amiable weather and quality water supply. So mountains provide suitable conditions for tea to grow,” More

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Medical Devices Factory Combats Environmental Concerns

Yu Jiao, a young female employee at Zhejiang Kindly Medical Devices Co. Ltd (KDL) has worked for years in the medical devices industry in very difficult conditions. “Our company has a huge cleaning workload at an annual amount of 400,000 or so pieces of fixtures.” The cleaning procedure for allMore

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Guangxi Sugarcane Farmers Scale Up Yields, Increase Drought Resilience

  During the dry half of the year, Li Zhi Wen, a sugarcane farmer in Lianhe Village of Shangsi County in Guangxi, and his wife, Qin Shaozhen, must lead an ox cart three kilometers away to obtain water. Without a dependable water source, it is difficult for them to maintain their sugarcane fieldMore

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Remodelling Chinese Homes for the Next Millennium

When most people think of remodelling it is often the physical changes, like adding new curtains, modern flooring or wallpaper, that first come  to mind.  But for the 337 million  rural Chinese residents  – representing  32 percent  of the total population  – that More

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Preserving Biodiversity and Restoring Ecosystems

At over 3,400 metres above sea level, visitors to the Ruoergai peat lands on the edge of the Tibetan plateau may find that their most striking feature is not their natural beauty, but the thousands of man-made drainage holes that scar the landscape. Used mainly to reduce water levels and make the laMore

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Combating Climate Change: Green Refrigeration

When is a sticker not just a sticker? When it represents one of the most significant domestic energy reforms in Chinese history. The innocuous looking energy efficiency sticker, which now appears on all refrigerators sold in China, has come to represent an entirely new set of national energy efficieMore

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Combating Climate Change: Commercializing Clean Transport

Since the 1990’s, China’s rapid growth has rested on the expansion of heavy industry and urbanisation. As the country’s economy surges and its middle class grows, pollution too has reached critical levels.  The use of coal and oil accounts for 90 percent of China’s total energy use, causing carMore