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Weekly Updates for 2009-09-27

UN climate chief says China poised to lead the world on climate change. http://bit.ly/WmNEL # China in the green spotlight — a useful summary of China's environmental situation http://bit.ly/QUMvr # China Daily praises Confucius, the sage of sages http://bit.ly/C1SBz # Official calls for the promotion of Confucianism to aid "development and prosperity of country's socialist…

Weekly Updates for 2009-09-20

Old is the new new. Young urban Chinese choose traditional arts, culture and beliefs. http://bit.ly/SZaKf # Amid calls for a ban on public evangelism, Singapore PM warns of the negative effects of aggressive proselytizing. http://bit.ly/8Vla0 # China needs low-carbon development to ensure its energy security and could be a model for other nations http://bit.ly/190y2W #…

Weekly Updates for 2009-09-13

Tensions high after Urumqi unrest. "The riots and protests came as a huge embarrassment to the Chinese government." http://bit.ly/SoBi8 # China claims to have spent 1 trillion yuan (US$146billion) in ecological conservation over the past decade http://bit.ly/2msnz1 # Singapore teenage spirit medium made suicide pact with friends http://bit.ly/jGReK # An odd and interesting discussion of…

Weekly Updates for 2009-09-06

We Are All Madoffs – Our relationship to the natural world is a Ponzi scheme http://bit.ly/2L7edN # Chinese environmentalists win prestigious Magsaysay prize http://bit.ly/mPanr # Chinese govt. backed biopic of Confucius, starring Chow Yun-Fat http://bit.ly/40qqUM # Malaysia Star reports on Ghost Festival http://bit.ly/ubHuF # Police in Urumqi use tear gas to quash Han Chinese protests…

Weekly Updates for 2009-08-30

China is racing ahead of America in the drive to go solar http://bit.ly/zzCvw # China more important than America in leading the way to a global economic recovery http://bit.ly/qJamj # People’s Daily: China must get over its former humiliation and seek a new model for being a great country, http://bit.ly/8RltW # Facebook Conversations Used As…

what climate change means for religion in china

Much intellectual discourse about Chinese philosophical and religious views of nature focuses on ideals such as harmony between humans and the natural world, or “forming one body with heaven and earth” (tian ren he yi). But when it comes to historical studies of Chinese environmental history, it’s hard to find instances of where this ideal…

Weekly Updates for 2009-08-23

As Asia follows Western economic models, the West asks there any point in fighting to stave off industrial apocalypse? http://bit.ly/HP3xY # Organic agriculture is the key to China's food security http://bit.ly/KNBwC # Shanghai mayor sees bankers bereft of conscience. Confucian values challenge development of financial entrepreneurship http://bit.ly/v55Ev #

Weekly Updates for 2009-08-16

China closes factory after cadmium pollution protest http://bit.ly/1a01Vo # 138 children tested for excessive lead in blood in NW China http://bit.ly/23S6SY # Tainted tap water sickens 4,307 in N. China city http://bit.ly/6KcAS # China’s green leap forward | csmonitor.com http://bit.ly/5LmoN # From automotive to renewable energy manufacturing. If it can happen in Baoding, maybe it…

How Confucianism could curb global warming

In today’s Christian Science Monitor, I published an op-ed piece that ties together some of the themes that I’ve been blogging about lately: Is democracy the best vehicle to ensure sustainable development? What is the Confucian view of the human person and its relationship to the environment? How is the Confucian renaissance in China changing…