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Archive for August, 2010

FUTURISTIC BUSES – HERE WE COME!

"Straddling Bus!"

The new “straddling bus”, designed by Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment Co.

REDUCES TRAFFIC CONGESTION! –much needed in such high population density cities

RUNS ON SOLAR AND MUNICIPAL ENERGY!–fuel-efficient!

COSTS LESS–1/10 of normal subway development cost

It looks so futuristic! I can start to imagine what the future of transportation is going to look like: hopefully a blend of fuel efficiency, high speed, convenience, and affordable!

Check it out: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/18/business/global/18bus.html?hpw

Karen, China Laison

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Coal Ash

Karen, WUSICE China Liaison

I watched a segment on Coal Ash on 60 minutes last night, and it really blew my mind. Not just that it’s a huge problem that is most certainly under-recognized, but how interdisciplinary environmental problems really are:

1) Politics: Should the federal government regulate coal ash? Or should it remain a state right?

2) Business: How can we get utility companies to admit their unsafe coal ash dumping and maintain integrity without a cost in profits?

3) Public Health: How to compensate and educate all those living near coal ash dump sites, or in places where coal ash has been recycled?

In issues stretching to so many sectors, there needs to be greater transparency on all ends–mistrust and miscommunication, as evidenced by historical studies of international conflicts, never ends well…

Check the link: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/01/60minutes/main5356202.shtml


Conference Update

We’re beginning to gather a list of reading materials for the Conference participants to look at, and some of the topics we’ve agreed upon include

– Coal

– Renewable Energy

– Individual Responsibility

– Corporate/Government Responsibility

– Environmental NGOs and Activism

– Climate Change Legislation

– International Agreements & Protocols

– Environmental Justice

– Economics of Sustainability

– Environmental Health

Any other ideas? Or maybe we can break down some of these themes into more specific topics. I think many of them, especially Environmental Health and the Responsibilities, cover a vast landscape of concerns. Still, sometimes looking at the bigger picture is a great way to start, before addressing the details.

WUSICE

Lofoten Island


World Resources Institute

http://www.wri.org/

So I found an interesting site (the link is above) that’s run by the World Resources Institute, a group who’s mission is to balance human needs with a sustainable, healthy environment…

Anyway, here’s an article I read from the site:

http://www.wri.org/publication/ccs-in-china

Let me know what you guys think! I think China is an especially interesting country to look at when it comes to environmental news and concerns – it is a massive country that’s known for requiring a lot of energy to fuel its gigantic population.. but then again, how do you balance what a nation’s people need with keeping the environment safe and clean?

– WUSICE