Monthly Archives: December 30, 2010

  • On the Mekong, a better way (1)

    December 30, 2010

    Dam-building in south-west China has provoked fury downstream. In the first instalment of a three-part article, historian Qin Hui criticises Beijing’s response.

  • On the Mekong, a better way (2)

    December 29, 2010

    China is shooting itself in the foot as far as river management is concerned – attracting unnecessary suspicion through lack of openness, says Qin Hui.

  • On the Mekong, a better way (3)

    December 25, 2010

    Concluding his article on hydropower in south-west China, Qin Hui argues there is opportunity in friction. China must learn lessons from its regional dealings – and then apply them at home.

  • After the flood

    December 20, 2010

    Half a year on, scientists are starting to understand the ecological impact of Pakistan’s devastating floods – and it’s a mixed bag. Zofeen T Ebrahim reports.

  • Himalayan Consensus Institute

    December 15, 2010

    The Himalayan Consensus Institute is a non-profit organisation registered in Hong Kong. It serves to coordinate a network of organisations (NGOs, social entrepreneurs, and individual activists) to exchange experiences and promote principles of cultural sustainable development.

  • Wishy-washy agreement saves Cancún

    December 13, 2010

    The Cancún Agreement, reached at the United Nations climate conference in Mexico following months of horse trading, is being praised for restoring faith in multilateralism after last year’s fiasco at Copenhagen.

  • Breaking the deadlock?

    December 09, 2010

    India has made a major move towards a global treaty under which its own attempts to tackle climate change may become a “binding commitment under appropriate legal form”.

  • Ready but waiting

    December 06, 2010

    After 17 years of negotiations between 193 countries and the European Union, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is almost ready with a mechanism by which clean and green technologies can be transferred to poor countries at little or no cost.

  • Old quarrels threaten new gains

    December 06, 2010

    Old arguments between industrialised and developing countries threaten to derail new gains in the attempt to tackle global warming as the annual UN climate summit at the Mexican beach resort Cancún enters its final week.