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Making Green from Green; How Improving the Environmental Performance of Supply Chains Can Be a Win-Win for China and the World

Managers and owners of Hanjiang Dafu and Putian Hanjiang shoe companies in Fujian Province thought they were being environmentally responsible by simply paying the fines the local environmental protection bureau had imposed on them for excessive air and wastewater pollution. These two Chinese shoe manufacturers, who employ over 3,000 workers to produce leather boots for international buyers, decided to pay the penalties rather than rectify the problem because it was cheaper than installing the necessary clean-up equipment.

Solar Technology and Markets: Illuminating the Prospects for China and the U.S.

A series of fields in Inner Mongolia are being targeted for development into one of the largest farms of its kind; the kind that silently and immaculately produce 2 GW of electricity. When completed, the U.S. company First Solar's photovoltaic (PV) solar farm will be a landmark project, one that is indicative of the Chinese government's growing interest in the solar energy sector in its push to expand the country's green technology market while reducing the country's greenhouse gas emissions. [1]

Step Lightly: China's Ecological Impact on Southeast Asia

Unlike the Tonlé Sap Lake and the iconic Mekong River, which are globally recognized as biodiversity hotspots, the Cardamom Mountain Range is not well known outside of Cambodia. Nonetheless, this ecosystem contains extensive intact areas of lowland evergreen forest and is also home to over 40 globally threatened species.

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