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“Given the lack of transparency, ordinary Chinese have a fascination with the unpleasant secrets of the government,” says Beijing-based writer Lijia Zhang. “Now people know about the inaction of local government, and how coal is produced just to keep up GDP levels. People are not surprised by such facts, but angered by them anyway. The days when the Chinese authorities can brainwash its citizens are over in this Internet age.”
The country’s <em>Silent Spring</em> falls victim to government feuding
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"I only want justice for my husband," says 25-year-old Chheav Sarun. He was shot a year ago by Cambodian military police putting down a nationwide strike of garment workers asking for higher wages.

My article from Phnom Penh: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-05/garment-industry-cambodia-s-wages-rise-orders-don-t
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Tianhe Defense Technology Co.'s  president, He Zenglin, escorted an entourage of Myanmar military officials by the displays of radar systems for regional air defense. “We came here to introduce our company.”
The world’s fourth-largest exporter of arms is now encouraging smaller private domestic companies to enter the field.
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China's deputy CDC head George Gao, who helped contain bird flu, is now in Sierra Leone running a mobile Ebola testing lab. Within a month, China will have sent 700 medical personnel to West Africa to aid in controlling Ebola outbreak:
Dispatches team to Sierra Leone, strengthens border controls
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My feature article in the October issue of Smithsonian magazine takes a behind-the-scenes look at how China's controversial artist crafted an exhibit on today's prisoners of conscience at America's most notorious former prison: "Ai Weiwei has never been to Alcatraz, but he has spent three years constructing the infamous island prison in his mind. Sitting at a long wooden table within his gray brick courtyard studio-home in northern Beijing, he has pored over books, memoirs and photographs of what used to be America’s foremost maximum-security penitentiary, a super-bastille in San Francisco Bay ... "
China's most controversial artist selected America's most notorious prison as the home for his new show
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Over the past decade, the Chinese city of Taiyuan has closed several large coal-burning power plants and increased environmental monitoring of its other factories—effectively lowering the average concentration of PM 10 (particulate matter 10 micrometers in diameter or less). As a result, average PM 10 concentrations dropped more than 50 percent from 2001 to 2010.

The economic costs associated with pollution—including health-care expenses, loss of labor productivity, and premature death—correspondingly dropped more than 50 percent, according to estimates by the researchers. Specifically, the researchers correlated reduced air pollution over the course of a decade with 141,457 fewer hospital or doctor visits, 31,810 fewer hospital stays, 969 fewer trips to the emergency room, 951 fewer cases of bronchitis, and 2,810 fewer premature deaths.
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China raises half the world's pigs, which produce 618 billion kg of manure teeming with antibiotic resistant genes 
Researchers begin to size up a public health threat from burgeoning pork production.
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Chinese scientist Liu Shiyin and his colleagues calculated China’s total glacial area to be 51,840 square kilometers—13% less than in 2002. 
New records suggest “water tower of Asia” will run dry
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Visiting China Airshow this week in Zhuhai, where China's fifth-generation stealth fighter jet made its public debut 
By exhibiting a stealth aircraft at an air show this week, China wants to show just how far its arms industry has come, experts say.
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China spends more than any country other than the U.S. on R&D, widespread corruption and misaligned incentives are widely seen as sapping the vitality from China’s science enterprise. 
Reform could strip science ministry of control of research budget
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MIT Technology Review recently released its list of "35 Innovators Under 35" -- including Chinese scientist Hui Wu, who is using nanotechnology to make more efficient batteries (and hopefully better batteries will one day mean less vehicle emissions). My profile here: 
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According to a study published last year in the journal Nature Climate Change, the process of mining coal and converting it into synthetic gas produces greater total greenhouse gas emissions—ranging from 36 percent to 82 percent in additional total carbon emissions, depending on whether the gas is ultimately used for powering vehicles or for generating electricity. 
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Magazine writer.
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Focus on China, Asia, environment.
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China Contributing Correspondent for Science magazine; contributing editor for Foreign Policy magazine
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I live in Beijing and write about the environment and the human side of China's economic boom.
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