Monthly Archives: March 29, 2012

  • Planet under pressure, needs urgent change

    March 29, 2012

    Scientists from around the world are seeking a new and closer contract with society to deal with the problems of a planet under so much pressure that radical changes in policy and governance have become necessary.

  • Behind Myanmar’s suspended dam (1)

    March 28, 2012

    After the decision to shelve a China-funded hydropower plant on the Irrawaddy River caused uproar in Beijing, Qin Hui set off south to learn about the project and its opponents. He opens a three-part article.

  • Behind Myanmar’s suspended dam (2)

    March 28, 2012

    China’s resolve not to interfere in its neighbour’s “internal affairs” rings hollow: the country has played a formative role in Burmese history, writes Qin Hui.

  • Behind Myanmar’s suspended dam (3)

    March 28, 2012

    In a region scarred by violent conflict and rife with distrust of China, the investment risks are plain. Qin Hui concludes his three-part analysis of the fate of the Myitsone dam.

  • Disaster risks rise in warmer world

    March 28, 2012

    Evidence suggests that climate change has led to changes in climate extremes such as heat waves, record high temperatures and, in many regions, heavy precipitation in the past half century, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Wednesday.

  • India’s growth at cost of nature

    March 28, 2012

    India’s gross domestic product (GDP) per capita rose 120% between 1990 and 2008. But in the same period, the country’s natural capital, the sum of its assets from forests to fossil fuels and minerals, declined 31%, says a leading scholar from the UN University.

  • Cities will need another Germany + France + Spain

    March 27, 2012

    The world’s cities will need an additional 1.5 million square kilometres by 2030 – the combined areas of Germany, France and Spain – for their daily needs unless current patterns of development change drastically, according to experts.

  • Scientists get together to study future earth

    March 27, 2012

    The external environmental costs of doing business are doubling every 14 years, and businesses would have earned 41% less revenue in 2010 if they had to pay the full costs of all the natural resources they used, according to Yvo de Boer, former head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

  • Scientists show how to heal planet under pressure

    March 26, 2012

    The earth is a planet under pressure from human activities, it needs better science and application of the best science to heal it, but that will not be enough, according to Martin Rees, former president of the Royal Society.