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All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Sun Ji

Ever since 1842, when the Treaty of Nanjing opened Shanghai to the world, the former fishing village has been modernizing in a hurry. The French, British, and Americans who lived there in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries hired Western architects to build neighborhoods vaguely reminiscent of Paris, London, and New York. Contemporary Shanghai, host of the 2010 World Expo, has aesthetically edgy skyscrapers, a cosmopolitan vibe, and a newly minted middle class…
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by: Mike Ives – Winter 2012

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta Will Soon Have its First Wind Farm

But Independent Expert calls Communist Country’s Wind-Energy Plans Unrealistic

HANOI— A Vietnamese company is building what would be the first wind farm in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, with technical assistance from the energy giant General Electric. Photo by David CongerGeneral Electric has started work on a 16 megawatt, 10-turbine wind farm in…
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by: Mike Ives – November 22, 2011

Dam Bad

Laos’ Plans to Dam the Mekong Could Open the Floodgates to Further Dams on the River

Sathian Megboon is a DJ for 94.5 FM, a radio station in northeast Thailand. It’s a fun gig, he says, because the station broadcasts across the Mekong River to Vientiane, the tiny capital of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, which gives him the chance to take requests from listeners in two countries. Last year, listeners started calling more than usual, but not to ask for the folk songs Sathian likes to play.…
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by: Mike Ives – Autumn 2011

China Prepares to Dam (Another) Wild River

Plan Would Help Boost Nation’s Renewable Energy Use but Harm Ecosystems and People

Some developers love Yunnan Province, in Southwest China, because its three major rivers — Mekong, Yangtze and Salween — hold vast hydropower potential. The Mekong has four dams and counting, and the Yangtze has the controversial Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydropower…
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by: Mike Ives – August 23, 2011

If You Save It, Will They Come?

China’s New Parks

Last May, Sylvia Ning and her family drove to Laojushan National Park, a 419-square-mile protected area in southwestern China. She wanted her kids to see the park, which was established in 2007, because friends had told her it was beautiful and – for now – largely undeveloped. Three hours after leaving Lijiang, a city of about one million people in northwest Yunnan Province, the Ning family car rolled into Liming, a sleepy…
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by: Mike Ives – Spring 2011

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