Environment Publications

Lost in Transmission: Distributed Solar Generation in China

Aug 21, 2014
China has set an ambitious goal to add more than 8 GW of distributed solar generation by the end of 2014 -- over half of the total solar power capacity in the U.S. now. However, China is facing many challenges to meet this goal. more

Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing

Jun 13, 2014
Four essays present perspectives on the ideas behind smart cities from New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing. more

Infographic: Waste, Poor Planning Blunt China’s Wind Energy Ambitions

May 27, 2014
China is a country of superlatives and contradictions, especially when it comes to energy – it is not only the largest producer and consumer of coal, but also the largest investor in renewable energy. Since 2010, China has been the world’s biggest and fastest growing market for wind power, which the government has prioritized for its cleaner energy and job creation potential. But waste and poor planning have left many new wind farms idle or disconnected from power grids. more

INFOGRAPHIC: A Snapshot of China’s Wind Industry

May 17, 2014
China accounts for 28.7% of the world’s installed wind power capacity. China is also the fastest growing market for wind power in the world. more

INFOGRAPHIC: Environmental Impacts of China’s Pork Industry

Mar 16, 2014
China consumes about half of the world’s pork. The average pig in China produces 5.3 kg of waste each day, which contains nutrients, heavy metals, and pharmaceutical residues. more

PHOTO ESSAY: Coal Complex Shows Costs of China’s Energy Demands

Mar 04, 2014
By 2020, coal consumption in China is projected to increase by 30 percent, and already, 20 percent of water withdrawn in the country goes to coal mining, processing, and cooling of coal-fired power plants. The water intensity of the coal industry is a significant quandary for a country that is already facing a water scarcity crisis (water availability per capita is one-quarter the global average). more

INFOGRAPHIC: “Trading Wealth, Trading Pollution” – Chinese Pollution and Western Consumption are Linked

Mar 04, 2014
Chinese pollution and western consumption are linked. In January 2014, a tri-national team of researchers released a study showing that much of the pollution from heavy industries concentrated in eastern China stems from export production. Some of this pollution drifts across the Pacific Ocean and is deteriorating the air quality over the western United States. more

Pakistan's Urbanization-Urban Transport Planning: Moving People and the Economy

Jan 27, 2014
Murtaza Haider, an associate dean at Ryerson University in Toronto, examines how Pakistan can overcome its considerable urban transport challenges. more

The Push and Pull for Hydropower in Vietnam and Cambodia

Jan 15, 2014
This new research brief analyzes the short- and long-term impact of hydropower development in Vietnam and Cambodia, and its relationship with China. more

Pakistan's Urbanization: Housing for the Low-Income

Jan 14, 2014
Tasneem Siddiqui, former chief secretary of the government of Sindh Province, looks at how Pakistan can provide affordable housing to its rapidly growing urban population. more

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Dialogue

The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.