Category: Planning

Challenges of a Growing Population: China

By 2030, The Economist projects 1 billion Chinese, or 70 percent of the population, will live in urban centers compared to 50 percent in 2014. This presents a great challenge to the cause. In an effort to spread out the

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South Korea: A Leader in Asia?

South Korea is the world’s 13th largest economy, the 12th largest global emitter of greenhouse gases, the 11th highest in terms of energy consumption, and the 5th largest oil importer.  According to the World Resources Institute’s Climate Analysis Indicator’s Tool

Barriers to Low-Carbon Transport in India

There are significant political, cultural, and financial barriers to implement long-lasting transportation reforms in India. To begin, scaling projects from the national to the local level, or even from one locality to another has been a long-standing issue in India. Though

Whose forest is it anyway? – Political Barriers to Reducing Emissions from Forests

Continuing from my previous blog post which discussed the technical barriers developing countries face in reducing forestry relation emissions, this blog post will looks at how domestic politics can hamper the adoption of mitigation strategies. Measuring forests, converting forest land

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Local Progress in China

Beginning with Deng Xiaoping’s reform programs, Chinese cities have competed for the designation as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Categorization of a city or province as an SEZ ensured tax exemptions, foreign capital, and greater independence to trade, turning cities

The Green Wall of China: Enough to keep the Yellow Dragon at Bay?

Every year, Beijing and other major cities in East Asia are tormented by the infamous Yellow Dragon. Not to be confused with Hoàng Long, the mythical hornless dragon which bestowed Emperor Fu Xi  with the fundamentals of written script, this

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Indonesia’s Coal Export Taxes: Practical or Brash?

Over the past two decades, Indonesia has seen significant growth in coal production, exports, and domestic sales, driven primarily by an increase in foreign investment in the coal sector. Currently exports account for up to 80% of production, which should

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