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Spinning Straw into (Packaging) Gold in China

By recycling leftover straw from wheat harvests to make shipping pallets, HP is helping halt deforestation, reduce air pollution and create new jobs for farmers.
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After the wheat is harvested in farming communities in parts of rural China, the air is often so thick with smoke that roads become impassable and it’s hard to breathe. Farmers, inundated with leftover straw, typically torch the excess crop to dispose of it.

In these pyres of burning straw, HP saw an opportunity, thanks to an innovative program that collects and recycles it into pressed shipping pallets that protect printers and PCs as they are sent around Asia.

New Studies Show Progress Against Ivory Trade, Thanks to China Ban

WWF Launches Campaign Today to Target Emerging Market Demand: Travelers
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BEIJING September 27, 2018 /3BL Media/ - New statistics released today by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TRAFFIC revealed that China’s ivory trade ban has had positive effects since coming into force at the beginning of 2018, but further action is needed to influence key segments of society.

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.

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