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'Forest cities': the radical plan to save China from air pollution
20 February 2017 - When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Last week, the Italian architect, famed for his tree-clad Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) skyscraper complex in Milan, unveiled plans for a similar project in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. The [project] will be composed of two neighbouring towers coated with 23 species of tree and more than 2,500 cascading shrubs. 'Such a large number of plants, trees and shrubs is contributing to the cleaning of the air . . . absorbing CO2 and producing oxygen,' the architect said. The structures will reportedly house offices, a 247-room luxury hotel, a museum and even a green architecture school, and are currently under construction, set for completion next year. But Boeri now has even bolder plans for China: to create entire 'forest cities' in a country that has become synonymous with environmental degradation and smog. (more)

China's solar power capacity more than doubles in 2016
4 February 2017 - China's installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity more than doubled last year, turning the country into the world's biggest producer of solar energy by capacity, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Saturday [4 February]. (more)

In latest move, China halts over 100 coal power projects
17 January 2017 - China's energy regulator has ordered 11 provinces to stop more than 100 coal-fired power projects, with a combined installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts, its latest dramatic step to curb the use of fossil fuels in the world's top energy market. Putting the power projects on hold is a major step towards the government's effort to produce power from renewable sources such as solar and wind, and wean the country off coal, which accounts for the majority of the nation's power supply. (more)

Harbin festival: China's ice-and-snow city -- in pictures
7 January 2017 - The northern Chinese city of Harbin is hosting its annual ice-and-snow festival -- one of the largest of its type in the world. The festival features huge ice palaces and sculptures. Last year the festival attracted more than a million visitors. (more)

China to plow $361 billion into renewable fuel by 2020
5 January 2017 - China will plow 2.5 trillion yuan ($361 billion) into renewable power generation by 2020, the country's energy agency said on Thursday, as the world's largest energy market continues to shift away from dirty coal power towards cleaner fuels. The investment will create over 13 million jobs in the sector, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said in a blueprint document that lays out its plan to develop the nation's energy sector during the five-year 2016 to 2020 period. (more)

China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017
1 January 2017 - China will ban all domestic ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017, a move described by activists as a potential 'game changer' for African elephants. 'This is great news that will shut down the world's largest market for elephant ivory,' Aili Kang, executive director of the Wildlife Conservation Society in Asia, said in a statement. (more)

Designers breathe new life into China's dying folk crafts
29 November 2016 - At her workshop in a remote valley in one of China's poorest provinces, Pan Xiu-ying uses traditional techniques passed down for generations to create an indigo-dye batik scarf embellished with patterns inspired by her ethnic Shui minority. But her handicrafts aren't for family members. They're destined for affluent buyers thousands of miles away. (more)

America's best idea may now be China's, too, as it expands national park system
5 October 2016 - The Baihuashan National Nature Reserve, a rare sanctuary of pine trees and unobstructed views just west of the capital, is one of China's more successful attempts to preserve its dwindling natural resources. Signs encourage people to stay on the trails and off the 'wild mountains.' Garbage actually lands in the bin. Leaders want to project China's new image as a climate-conscious global power. And they also recognize wealthier Chinese are exploring the world and desire similar experiences back home. (more)

The world's largest air purifier arrives to clean up the smog in China
3 October 2016 - In an attempt to clean up the smog in China, as well as highlight the dangers of air pollution, the Smog Free Tower has arrived in Beijing. Supported by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection and designed by Studio Roosegaarde, the tower opened in China at the weekend in Beijing 751 D.Park, marking the start of its grand China tour. (more)

China provides $1 trillion in 'green credit' by end-June: banking regulator
2 September 2016 - China's banks had provided a total of 7.26 trillion yuan ($1.09 trillion) in 'green credit' by the end of June this year, the banking regulator said on Friday, part of its efforts to steer its economy onto a more environmentally friendly course. The loans covered energy saving, green transportation, pollution treatment, and resource recycling, the commission said on its website (www.cbrc.gov.cn) on Friday, 2 September. (more)


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US: Maharishi University of Management - Chinese delegations continue to visit campus
30 November 2016 - China's interest in Maharishi University of Management continues, with two delegations visiting the campus in Iowa, USA recently, including entrepreneurs, artists, and journalists. A business conglomerate covering real estate, urban development, schools, greenhouses and agriculture sent a 12-member delegation in late October. The chairman is 'very interested in what we have done and achieved as a university and as a Transcendental Meditation organization,' said Zhu Yunxiang, MUM vice president of Asia Expansion. Later, a second delegation included a group of 25 Chinese artists, organizers, and journalists representing the Chinese Xinhua News Agency, the Beijing Daily Group, and the Beijing TV station. The goal of the Chinese delegations is to introduce the beauty of the Chinese cultural heritage and promote understanding and friendship between the two countries. (more)

Planning for more students from Beijing and Taiwan to arrive at MUM next year
12 June 2014 - Prompted by interest in Consciousness-Based Education, six universities in China and one in Taiwan are now partnering with Maharishi University of Management and formulating plans to send students to study at the MUM campus in the USA. (more)

Maharishi University of Management: New relationships with China
24 July 2013 - Recently reviewing the university's many achievements, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, described new relationships with Chinese universities that have developed in the past year. These began during Dr Morris's tour of China last year, which included visits to several institutions of higher learning where he gave presentations about MUM's Consciousness-Based system of education and the development of integrated brain functioning in students through their practice of Transcendental Meditation. (more)

Chinese university to offer scholarships to MUM students for study in China
31 January 2013 - A new partnership agreement with Beijing Union University--Maharishi University of Management's fifth partner institution in China--will include scholarships for MUM students to study at BUU in China for a semester or a year, taking classes taught in English or in both Chinese and English. The scholarships, which can accommodate a significant number of students, will cover all tuition costs. (more)

Ancient Chinese philosopher described Transcendental Consciousness
18 August 2011 - A new essay analyzes beautiful passages from the writings of Zhuangzi, also known as Chuang Tzu--esteemed alongside Laozi as one of the founders of Daoism in China--drawing on the knowledge and experience of the transcendental field of life provided by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation Programme. (more)

China: Universities collaborate with Maharishi University of Management
15 July 2011 - Four Chinese universities have formed partnerships with Maharishi University of Management in the United States, and secondary schools in the country have expressed interest in Consciousness-Based Education as well. (more)

Students arrive at MUM from new Chinese partner schools
14 June 2011 - Sixteen new students arrived from China at Maharishi University of Management this spring, the first group from the University's new partner institutions. 'MUM is a harmonious and green campus,' said one of the new students. 'The relationships among students are very friendly. Although we came from different countries and cultural backgrounds, we really feel like a big family, caring for and loving each other.' (more)

Maharishi School achievements inspire educators, parents, students in China
19 April 2011 - At 15 recent school fairs in China, presentations about Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA began with what most interested students and their families: Maharishi School students' achievements, and testimonials from Chinese students enrolled at the school. Parents and students engaged in lively discussions about the unique, low-stress environment of the Maharishi School campus. They were also impressed with the acceptance of Maharishi School graduates into top medical schools and universities including Yale, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley. (more)

Maharishi School principal tours China, awakens interest in students
19 April 2011 - The recent trip to China by Dr Richard Beall, principal of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, helped awaken the interest of Chinese educators, parents and students in Consciousness-Based Education. (more)

Maharishi School principal visits three schools in China
19 April 2011 - Dr Richard Beall, principal of Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, recently visited several primary and secondary schools in China which are interested in implementing Consciousness-Based Education, or in forming partnerships with Maharishi School. (more)


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Smog engulfs cities in northern China for fourth day
20 December 2016 - A plane carrying the chief executive of the world's biggest oil exporter was prevented from landing in the Chinese capital of Beijing on Tuesday because of thick smog blanketing large swathes of northern China. China declared a 'war on pollution' in 2014 amid concern its heavy industrial past was tarnishing its global reputation and holding back its future development. But it has struggled to reverse the damage done by decades of breakneck economic growth, much of it based on the coal-burning power sector. Despite months of efforts to hone its rapid response systems, air quality deteriorated in parts of the region on Tuesday, with the environment ministry warning that firms were flouting emergency restrictions. (more)

Air pollution in northern Chinese city surpasses WHO guideline by 100 times
19 December 2016 - Concentrations of airborne pollutants in a major northern Chinese city exceeded a World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline by 100 times on Monday as north China battled with poor air quality for the third straight day. Pollution alerts have become increasingly common in China's northern industrial heartland, especially during winter when energy demand -- much of it met by coal -- skyrockets. (more)

Chemical weapon for sale: China's unregulated narcotic
7 October 2016 - For a few thousand dollars, Chinese companies offer to export a powerful chemical that has been killing unsuspecting drug users and is so lethal that it presents a potential terrorism threat, an Associated Press investigation has found. The AP identified 12 Chinese businesses that said they would export the chemical -- a synthetic opioid known as carfentanil -- to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, and Australia for as little as $2,750 a kilogram (2.2 pounds), no quesions asked. Carfentanil burst into view this summer, the latest scourge in an epidemic of opioid abuse that has killed tens of thousands of people in the United States alone. Despite the dangers, carfentanil is not a controlled substance in China, where it is manufactured legally and sold openly online. The U.S. government is pressing China to blacklist carfentanil, but Beijing has yet to act, leaving a substance whose lethal qualities have been compared with nerve gas to flow into foreign markets unabated. China's Ministry of Public Security declined multiple requests for comment from the AP. Before being discovered by drug dealers, carfentanil and substances like it were viewed as chemical weapons. Carfentanil is so deadly that an amount smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person. (more)

China backs GMO soybeans in push for high-tech agriculture
10 August 2016 - China will push for the commercialization of genetically modified soybeans over the next five years. China, which has spent billions of dollars researching GMO crops, has already embraced the technology for cotton but has not yet permitted the cultivation of any biotech food crops amid fears from some consumers over perceived health risks. The blueprint, published on the government's website on Monday, recommended 'pushing forward the commercialization of new pest-resistant cotton, pest-resistant corn, and herbicide-resistant soybeans'. (more)

Natural disasters in China kill more than 800 since June
26 July 2016 - More than 800 people have died and about 200 are missing in a series of natural disasters that have struck China since June, the worst casualty figures since a similar period in 2011, state media said on Tuesday, 26 June. Large parts of central, eastern, and northern China have been hit by flooding this summer, while a typhoon left a wave of destruction this month and a freak tornado killed at least 98 in the eastern province of Jiangsu in June. Since the year began, 1,074 people have died in natural disasters. (more)

Floods in China kill almost 130, wipe out crops
5 July 2016 - Severe flooding across central and southern China over the past week has killed almost 130 people, damaged more than 1.9 million hectares of crops, and led to direct economic losses of more than 38 billion yuan ($5.70 billion), state media said on Tuesday, 5 July. More than 1.3 million people have been forced out of their homes, it said. Weather forecasts predicted more downpours during what is traditionally China's flood season. (more)

China says important glacier is melting due to climate change
7 June 2016 - A glacier that is one of the largest at the source of China's Yangtze River is fast retreating because of climate change, state media said. The Jianggudiru Glacier on Geladaindong Mountain in a remote part of the western province of Qinghai started to shrink slowly in the 1970s, then expanded between 1989 and 1994 before retreating more quickly from 1995, Pu said, Xinhua reported late on Tuesday. (more)

China's drugs watchdog struggles as senior staff lured away by industry
22 May 2016 - Promises of higher salaries and greater freedom at work are luring officials from China's high-profile drugs watchdog to the companies they had regulated, a blow just as the country looks to tighten oversight and drive innovation. (more)

China: Mattel targeted by mysterious cyber-thieves
29 March 2016 - Sophisticated cyber-thieves tricked Mattel Inc., the Los-Angeles based maker of Barbie dolls, into sending over $3 million to a Chinese bank account they controlled. The funds were swept up in a tide of dirty money that passes through China, which is emerging as global money laundering hub. Wenzhou, a gritty enclave on China's eastern coast, is emerging as a significant transit point in global money-laundering networks. (more)

AP Investigation: How a con man used China to launder millions
28 March 2016 - Gilbert Chikli was rolling in money, stolen from some of the world's biggest corporations. But he had a problem. He needed to find a weak link in the global financial system, a place to make his stolen money appear legitimate. He found it in China. Chikli realized early on -- around 2000, the year before China joined the World Trade Organization -- the potential that lay in the shadows of China's rise, with its entrenched corruption and informal banking channels that date back over 1,000 years. Today, he is in good company. Criminals around the world have discovered that a good way to liberate their dirty money is to send it to China, which is emerging as an international hub for money laundering, an AP investigation has found. (more)

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