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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.

Potential for Fuel Cell Commercialization in Taiwan (2004)

Chi-Chao Wan (Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan) and Robert Rose (Breakthrough Technologies, Inc.) wrote this paper, "Potential for Fuel Cell Commercialization in Taiwan," as part of a U.S.-Taiwan Fuel Cell Initiative that the Woodrow Wilson Center's China Environment Forum and Breakthrough Technologies, Inc. carried out in the fall of 2004 with support from the Blue Moon Fund . Jennifer L.

Animal Investigators: Solving Wildlife Crimes and Saving Endangered Species in Brazil and China

Illegal wildlife trafficking is the third largest criminal industry worldwide—after drugs and the sex trade—involving $20 billion in global trade each year. Illegal wildlife traffickers are difficult to track down as they are employing increasingly sophisticated methods, showing higher levels of organization and technological savvy. Simultaneously, the resources devoted to halting wildlife trafficking are extremely limited, due in part to other issues—such as terrorism and climate change—dominating the international dialogue.

Dire Strait? Energy Security in the Strait of Malacca

An Asia Program Event, cosponsored by the Wilson Center's Division of International Security Studies and Environmental Change and Security Program; Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies; and the U.S. Army's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Series.

The Road to Copenhagen: Perspectives on Brazil, China and India

A lone ranger mindset inflicting both developed and developing countries stands in the way of a significant reduction of carbons emissions, but the world will eventually have to put differences aside in order to reach an agreement on climate change, according to a panel with experts on Brazil, China, and India who convened in anticipation of the upcoming UN Convention in Copenhagen.