California Moves to Ban Shark Fin Trade

Earlier last week, California Assemblymen Paul Fong and Jared Huffman introduced Assembly Bill 376 to make illegal the trade in shark fins in the state. Shark fins are primarily bought and sold for use in shark fin soup…. Read More

A Greening of the Chinese Economy?

As House Republicans voted this weekend to cut funding to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – part of a plan that would reduce environmental protection spending by a third if enacted – China prepared for the release… Read More

Will New Guidelines Lead to New Lifestyles?

This week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new set of dietary guidelines for America. The main objective of the 2010 edition of the guidelines (which… Read More

Year of the Rabbit: Whither Chinese Rabbits?

2011 is the Year of Rabbit, and I was born during a previous Year of the Rabbit. It’s said that during one’s year of birth (so for me, Rabbit years) one would either enjoy great fortune or great… Read More

Lunar New Year as a Chinese Vegan: Then and Now

If I were not a vegetarian, for the lunar New Year my parents would have cooked me a feast of all varieties of meat and seafood. I was born and raised in a big city in China, and… Read More

World Forest Year Is Here

Wangari Maathai helped launch the United Nations’ International Year of Forests at the UN General Assembly in New York. Also launched was the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s State of the World’s Forests report for 2011. Some good… Read More

Solar Empowered

As many as 587 million Africans live without electricity. For this population, the burning of biomass remains a critical source of fuel and light, yet contributes to key problems such as deforestation, respiratory disease, and significant carbon emissions…. Read More