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Inside the Beijing 'Office' Inhabited by Human Guinea Pigs

by Helen Roxburgh
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In the fake offices and homes of the Well Living Lab, scientists monitor volunteers to identify ways to make them healthier and more productive.

To outsiders, the workers in this under-construction office on the northern outskirts of Beijing will look like a normal group of employees – but the workplace will be like no other in China.

U.S. Recycling Companies Face Upheaval From China Scrap Ban

By Erica E. Phillips
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U.S. companies that collect waste for recycling are weighing higher prices and other changes to their operations since China upended the industry when it stopped accepting much of the scrap material Americans have been shipping there for decade.

13 Stunning Trees Around the World

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Nature is full of wonder and beauty.  The more time you spend outdoors, the greater your appreciation is for the natural world. Trees are some of the most fascinating natural phenomena, and these rare trees around the world prove it. How many of these trees do you recognize?

Lacebark Pine

Pinus bungeana

This conifer grows naturally in central and northern China. It has exfoliating bark that peels back to reveal a patchwork of colors including white, olive, light purple and silver.

Banyan Tree

Spencer Wise: There’s No Business Like Shoe Business

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Take a look at the shoes you’re wearing right now. You’ve probably logged more than a few miles in them already. But what kind of journey did they take before they ended up on your feet? This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to Spencer Wise, an author whose debut novel, The Emperor of Shoes, is set in an international shoe-manufacturing enterprise.

Laying the Foundations for a Greener Energy Future

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On a viewing platform high above the Yangjiang Nuclear Power Station, CLP Chairman Sir Michael Kadoorie looked out on a spectacular panoramic view of the gigantic complex sprawling below him.

Armies of construction workers busily installed the last two generating units of the six-unit plant, which will throw out 6,516MW of power when the station goes into full operation next year, providing clean energy across Mainland China’s Guangdong province.

With China Saying No to Plastic Waste, the World Needs a New Plan

"This is a wake-up call," a University of Georgia researcher said, highlighting the need for new ideas on how to handle plastic trash.
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by Jo Ling Kent, Jim Seida and James Rainey

A global crisis over what to do with millions of tons of discarded plastic and other trash is becoming even more difficult after China decided last year to stop importing much of the waste. In some cases, that means used paper and plastic containers that Americans intend to recycle are actually ending up in landfills, waste company managers say.

Keeping up With Biotech Demand in East Asia: A Conversation With the ABE Hong Kong Team

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In Hong Kong and much of the broader East Asia area, the educational system is highly focused on exams. Teachers have their hands full just trying to prepare their students for the intense testing that occurs. Lab time is often reserved only for after school extracurricular activities. But some teachers are still pushing themselves and their students even further, bringing real-world biotech into their labs.

How China’s Ban on ‘Foreign Trash’ Will Impact U.S. Recycling

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Are you a conscientious recycler, someone who scrubs their aluminum cans and glass containers before tossing them in the bin? Do you know the plastic recycling number codes by heart? Well, now a new rule by China might make some of these efforts moot.

Listen to the interview with Livia Albeck-Ripka, freelance climate and environment reporter, and Frank Chimera, senior manager of municipal sales for Republic Services.

Are Chinese enterprises going global responsibly?

By Gloria Luo, Program Manager, CSR Asia
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China is now the second largest investing country in the world, with it's outward foreign direct investment (FDI) rising 44 percent to $183 billion in 2016, according to the World Investment Report 2017 published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. China’s latest official statistics show that by the end of 2016, around 24,400 domestic investors had established some 37,200 FDI enterprises in 190 countries and regions.

Transforming Health Through Technology

IBM’s Corporate Service Corps collaborates to solve China’s emerging healthcare challenges
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The healthcare system in China is undergoing major reforms to improve access and affordability for its 1.3 billion citizens. The country faces a rising and increasingly unmet healthcare demand due to an aging population, an expanding middle class, growing urbanization, an emerging prevalence of lifestyle diseases, and progress towards universal healthcare insurance coverage.

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