The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States
); press coverage
) - "The signature effects of human-induced climate change
—rising seas, increased damage from storm surge, more frequent bouts
of extreme heat—all have specific, measurable impacts on our nation's current assets and ongoing economic activity. [The report] uses a standard risk-assessment approach to determine the range of potential consequences
for each region of the U.S.—as well as for selected sectors of the economy—if we continue on our current path..." [more inside]
To a Chinese Scrap-Metal Hunter, America's Trash Is Treasure:
Johnson Zeng is a Chinese trader who travels across the U.S. in search of scrap metal. By his estimate, there are at least 100 others like him driving from scrap yard to scrap yard, right now, in search of what Americans won’t or can’t be bothered to recycle. His favorite product: wires, cables, and other kinds of copper. His purchases, millions of pounds of metal worth millions of dollars, will eventually be shipped to China. [more inside]
In 1971, the newly-created US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired a bunch of freelance photographers to collectively document environmental issues around the country. They were given free rein to shoot whatever they wanted, and the project, named Documerica
, lasted through 1977. After 40 years, the EPA is now encouraging photographers to take current versions of the original Documerica photos and are showcasing them on flickr at State of the Environment
. There are location challenges
, and a set has been created with some of the submissions, making side-by-side comparisons
. [more inside]
The iEconomy: Apple and Technology Manufacturing.
Since January, the New York Times has been running a series of articles "examining the challenges posed by increasingly globalized high-tech industries," with a focus on Apple's business practices. The seventh article in the series was published today: In Technology Wars, Using the Patent as a Sword
. Related: For Software, Cracks in the Patent System
and Fighters in the Patent War
. [more inside]
“The United States [owes] its fall of 27 places [to 47th] to the many arrests of journalist covering Occupy Wall Street protests.”
-Reporters Without Borders
Btw, Occupy Wall St. has begun heating up again for the spring
with 400 arrested
in Oakland yesterday
. And a blooming Occupy K Street
) [more inside]
A leaked memo
by India's Military Intelligence indicates they eavesdropped on a U.S. government department
) that reports to congress on "the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship [between the U.S. and China]" using "lawful intercept" backdoors provided to the Indian government by Apple, RIM, and Nokia. (previously
) [more inside]
Testing by Food Safety News has shown that more than 75% of the honey being sold in the United States does not qualify to be labeled for sale as "honey". [more inside]
According to official Chinese stats, make of them what you will, there are now 457 million internet users in China
. They are said to include 450m who have broadband, and 303m who use mobile internet. 304m play online games, 140m use online banking, and 63m microblog. These users are estimated to spend an average of 18 hours a week online. As a benchmark, the current US population is estimated at 312m
The first pictures
of China's "5th generation" fighter
prototype were leaked this week. The aircraft, believed to be the J-20
, is expected to have its first flight
in early 2011. [more inside]
Dirty Coal, Clean Future To environmentalists, "clean coal" is an insulting oxymoron. But for now, the only way to meet the world's energy needs, and to arrest climate change before it produces irreversible cataclysm, is to use coal—dirty, sooty, toxic coal—in more-sustainable ways. The good news is that new technologies are making this possible. China is now the leader in this area, the Google and Intel of the energy world. If we are serious about global warming, America needs to work with China to build a greener future on a foundation of coal. Otherwise, the clean-energy revolution will leave us behind, with grave costs for the world's climate and our economy.
and responses here
The race is on:
India by 2020, China by 2025 - will the US get there at all?
Recently, Paul Krugman has been advocating
for US trade protectionism
to counter China's apparent undervaluation of renminbi. Peking University Economics professor Yiping Huang disagrees
You can slog through the video
, but I preferred the transcripts 1
| 5 [more inside]
In 2010, Obama will have a miserable year
, NATO may lose in Afghanistan
, the UK gets a regime change
, China needs to chill
, India's factories will overtake its farms
, Europe risks becoming an irrelevant museum
, the stimulus will need an exit strategy
, the G20 will see a challenge from the "G2"
, African football
will unite Korea
, conflict over natural resources will grow
, Sarkozy will be unloved and unrivalled
, the kids will come together to solve the world's problems (because their elders are unable)
, technology will grow ever more ubiquitous
, we'll all charge our phones via USB
, MBAs will be uncool
, the Space Shuttle will be put to rest
, and Somalia will be the worst country in the world
. And so the Tens
The Economist: The World in 2010
. [more inside]
"Chinatown" communities across the United States (New York
, Los Angeles
, San Francisco
) are undergoing a shift in linguistic identity, as recent immigrants are more likely to natively speak Mandarin (the official spoken language
of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan,) instead of Cantonese. [more inside]
The new monetary standard: Copper.
The FT's Davos blog
offers a range of informed comment as our leaders gather in Switzerland
to consider the economic mess we're in. But will the ongoing spat between the US and China over the renminbi exchange rate
overshadow all else at the World Economic Forum?
Can China Adjust to the US Adjustment?
Prof. Michael Pettis
of Beijing University on the macroeconomic parallels between the present crisis and that of the 1930s, with China playing the role today that the US played back then.
The Rise of the Rest
. Fareed Zakaria's Newsweek
article about a "post-American" world.
The China Factor in Pakistani Politics
"Pakistan’s alliance with China, which supports Islamabad’s confrontation with India and underpins its hopes for economic growth in its populous heartland, is probably a lot more important to Islamabad than the dangerous, destabilizing, and thankless task of pursuing Islamic extremists on its remote and impoverished frontiers at Washington’s behest."
Animated population pyramids
project a steady increase in the median age. England and Wales
. United States. Canada. China. Japan.
"The number of older persons has tripled over the last 50 years; it will more than triple again over the next 50 years." [pdf
] There will be a shortage of workers
to support the retired and disabled. The looming crisis has been predicted for years.
Proposed solutions include robots
Where the Engineers Are
- "To guide education policy and maintain its innovation leadership, the United States must acquire an accurate understanding of the quantity and quality of engineering graduates in India and China."
Britain may pull out of the JSF program. Multinational defense programmes
are becoming more common, and the JSF
is indicative of particularly close ties between the U.K. and the U.S. Representatives Hyde
and Hunter have opposed the transfer of technology to Britain. Even with the Rueda Report
(pdf) concluding that the embargo against China not be lifted, eventual third-party sales to China still appear a concern
, a Chinese-American electronics entrepreneur
, spent two months in custody enduring all-night interrogation sessions, but his stubbornness and occasional flashes of sarcasm infuriated his Chinese captors...guards emptied his pockets, removed his shoes and socks, and ripped the buttons off his oxford shirt. He was ushered disheveled and barefoot into the office of Zhao Yong, the chief executive of Sichuan Changhong Electric, Mr. Ji's onetime business partner and, more recently, his warden.
A look at the US through China's eyes.
The US has been critical of China's human rights practices for decades. In retaliation, China examines the US, and finds it comes up short in many ways. Instead of indulging itself in publishing the "human rights country report" to censure other countries unreasonably, the United States should reflect on its erroneous behavior on human rights and take its own human rights problems seriously. Summarized text in NYT
: Contemporary Chinese Art From China and the US.
China has sent a bill
to the US for $1 million to pay for the time that our spy plane spent sitting on the tarmac in China, waiting for the Chinese to grant permission to get it out of there.
Chinese to launch Hack the USA campaign.
As if this weren't enough of a problem from inside the US
. Maybe Starbucks should reconsider the free web access in Beijing