Markus Dammann

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A Man's Portraits Over 60 Years, Set Against the Backdrop of a Changing China

In 2007, Chinese photography collector Tong Bingxue received a phone call from a man seeking an appraisal for a recently purchased book of photo …

The Business of Urbanization in China

<i>The government is preparing to throw billions into urbanization in China, but has it thought through the hardware challenges?</i><p>Perhaps the most …

Sisi inaugurates 1st phase of 1.5 million feddan reclamation project

Courtesy: Shutterstock.com<p>Despite the historic failures of Egypt’s state-planned agricultural mega-projects, a new and ambitious plan for the …

'A monster crawls into the city' – an urban fairytale by Saskia Sassen

After she recently likened the growth of modern cities to a monster devouring traditional neighbourhoods, we challenged Saskia Sassen and her son, artist Hilary Koob-Sassen, to turn this nightmarish vision into an urban fairytale ...<p>Once upon a time, a very long time ago, a settlement was born by a …

Smart Cities

China to cut on-grid tariffs for solar, wind power: state planner | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will cut payments to wind and solar electricity generators for contributing power to the grid, the country’s state planning commission said on Thursday, reflecting recent declines in operating costs.<p>Workers install solar panels on the rooftop of a company in Shangrao, …

Renewable Energy

China's Unsafe Cities

The mountain of mud and construction debris that collapsed in Shenzhen, China over the weekend started piling up years ago. But despite complaints …

China

Consume more, conserve more: sorry, but we just can’t do both

Economic growth is tearing the planet apart, and new research suggests that it can’t be reconciled with sustainability<p>We can have it all: that is the promise of our age. We can own every gadget we are capable of imagining – and quite a few that we are not. We can live like monarchs without …

Economics

As a Muslim, I'm Fed Up With the Hypocrisy of the Free Speech Fundamentalists

Dear liberal pundit,<p>You and I didn't like George W Bush. Remember his puerile declaration after 9/11 that "either you are with us, or you are with …

Religion

There Are More French Muslims Working for French Security Than for Al Qaeda

FLORENCE -- The attack against the Paris satirical newspaper <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> has re-launched an ongoing debate in France about the compatibility between Islam and the West. The issue is more fraught in Western Europe than in the United States because of the huge number of Muslims who are not only …

Religion

Why China's President Says "No More Weird Buildings"

The President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has reportedly called for an end to the "weird buildings" being built in China, and …

China

Lack of affordable housing threatens China's urban dream

China is in the midst of an urban revolution, with millions of migrants moving into cities every year. Since 2011, for the first time in history, …

Pan Jiahua on three decades of urbanisation in China

<b>chinadialogue (CD): How do you view the record of urbanisation in China over the last 30 years?</b> <b><br>Pan Jiahua (PJ):</b> There’s been a lot of success, we’ve …

Chinese cities “feel the loss of streetlife and community”

<i>Calthorpe Associates have projects in Kunming and Chongqing and jointly published, “Planning cities for people” a set of design principles for</i> …

It's time to shout stop on this war on the living world

Our consumption is trashing a natural world infinitely more fascinating and intricate than the stuff we produce<p>This is a moment at which anyone with the capacity for reflection should stop and wonder what we are doing.<p>If the news that in the past 40 years the world has lost over 50% of its …

The Gift of Death

Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it.<p>By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th December 2012<p>There’s …

José Lutzenberger

<b>José Lutzenberger</b> (* 17. Dezember 1926 in Porto Alegre; † 14. Mai 2002 ebenda) war ein deutsch-brasilianischer Umweltaktivist.<p>Lutzenberger war Sohn …

“Sustainable intensification” is unsustainable

In a new paper led by collaborators at Leuphana University Lueneburg (Germany) and just released in print in the scientific journal <i>Frontiers in</i> …

Agriculture

How the rise of the megacity is changing the way we live

The rapid increase in the number of cities home to more than 10 million people will bring huge challenges … and opportunities<p>Click here for a graphic charting the rise of the megacity<p>Amid a clutter of 24-hour arc lights, gigantic cranes and dumper trucks, a behemoth is rising out of a field of …

How Industrial Ag is Making the Soil--and Us--Unhealthy

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's All About Organics page.<p>Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Not anymore, …

South/South Collaboration for a Post-Capitalist Paradigm

In July 2014 a new step was taken towards constructing a multi-polar world, with the meeting in Brazil of the BRICS, the constitution of a new Bank …

One-child proclivity

WHEN China eased its one-child policy late last year, investors bet on a surge in demand for everything from pianos to nappies. They, and government …

Credit Suisse

Cities Struggle to Spur Real Estate Sales as Prices Slide

After years of stunning growth, China’s real estate market is slowing down. In response to falling prices and decreased demand, <b>cities across China</b> …

Back from the edge

IN THE 1990s China had one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Young rural women in particular were killing themselves at an alarming rate. In …

Geography

Innovative sustainable parking designs - in pictures

The newly released parking design handbook outlines the best practices in sustainable parking. Here are a few of the most innovative examples from across the globe<p><b>Join the community of sustainability professionals and experts. Become a</b> <b>GSB member</b> <b>to get more stories like this direct to your inbox</b>

Path

Capriles habla de un "autogolpe" y critica la estrategia de las protestas violentas - Venezuela

<i>(Caracas, 20 de febrero. Noticias24) –</i> El líder de la oposición en Venezuela y gobernador del estado Miranda, Henrique Capriles, sugirió durante las …

Chasing ghosts in the Central African Republic | Africa

A violent and brutal conflict is underway in the Central African Republic. Although English-speaking media has only recently began to pay real attention to the progress of the conflict, the current phase of violence goes as far back as January 2013, and is deeply intertwined with the history of the …

South Sudan ravaged by ethnic violence | Ethiopia

<b>Juba, South Sudan</b> - A dead silence hung over the Munuki West neighbourhood of South Sudan's capital, Juba. Amid the tightly packed shacks, doors hung from their frames and broken furniture lay scattered outside. A lone group of soldiers was still going from house to house. They appeared to be …