‘Forest cities’: the radical plan to save China from air pollution | The Guardian

Short article: http://www.businessinsider.sg/stefano-boeri-forest-city-china-2017-4/?

The Air Quality Index, which uses a scale from 0 to 500 (with higher numbers indicating worse pollution), rates Nanjing’s air quality as 132 — a level considered unhealthy for the public, especially those with respiratory disease.

The Italian design firm Stefano Boeri Architetti believes that building towers covered in plants could help the city reduce its pollution. The company recently announced that it will build two skyscrapers that will hold a total of 1,100 trees and 2,500 cascading shrubs on their rooftops and balconies.

Longer article: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/17/forest-cities-radical-plan-china-air-pollution-stefano-boeri

“It is positive because the presence of such a large number of plants, trees and shrubs is contributing to the cleaning of the air, contributing to absorbing CO2 and producing oxygen,’ the architect said. “And what is so important is that this large presence of plants is an amazing contribution in terms of absorbing the dust produced by urban traffic.”

The architect said believed Chinese officials were finally understanding that they needed to embrace a new, more sustainable model of urban planning that involved not “huge megalopolises” but settlements of 100,000 people or fewer that were entirely constructed of “green architecture”.

“What they have done until now is simply to continue to add new peripheral environments to their cities,” he said. “They have created these nightmares – immense metropolitan environments. They have to imagine a new model of city that is not about extending and expanding but a system of small, green cities.”

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23 shocking photos that show just how crowded China has become | Business Insider

Source: http://www.businessinsider.sg/china-overcrowding-in-photos-2016-9/

Questions:

  • What has caused overpopulation?
  • How can the problem of overpopulation be solved?
  • What problems has overpopulation resulted in?
  • How can these problems be solved?

Why American Internet giants fail in China | TODAYonline

http://m.todayonline.com/commentary/why-american-internet-giants-fail-china

Such adaptability are sorely needed by the US tech giants if they wish to succeed in China.

Not only must they be fast and nimble, but they have to also be prepared to rip apart their winning formula and offer a vastly different product in China.