Cities are draped in smog for ever-longer periods and rivers are turning black, red and yellow as waste is dumped in. Meanwhile, algae merrily sprout, writes green business guru Allerd Stikker in his spiritually slanted assessment of China’s pollution crisis. Read at the South China Morning Post..
On paper, it seems ridiculous. You send some money via electronic banking and the transaction apparently goes into limbo – overseas payments can be especially slow, reaching intended recipients after up to five business days, which can effectively mean a week.
Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.
Pity anyone who enters China’s penal system for any reason. Even “prisoners of conscience” – Uygurs, Tibetans, Christians and Falun Gong members – are systematically slaughtered inside, according to investigator Ethan Gutmann.. Read at the South China Morning Post
Despite its liquid nature the fiscal system is set in its ways – and it needs to change, say Italian economists Massimo Amato and Luca Fantacci, who address some problems buoyed by liquidity. Read at the South China Morning Post.
Australia is one of the world’s most space-reliant nations, with satellites delivering security and services to a far-flung population. The vital orbital devices are under threat, thanks to an estimated 300,000 space junk fragments that must be tracked – complex work with an epic precedent, according to the CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Space Environment Management, Dr Ben Greene. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.
In 2001, four years before Hurricane Katrina hit North America’s Gulf Coast, science writer Eric Berger foretold the disaster with chilling accuracy.
“New Orleans is sinking. And its main buffer from a hurricane, the protective Mississippi River delta, is quickly eroding away, leaving the historic city perilously close to disaster..
Read at the South China Morning Post