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Dolphin and Sea Lion Kiss – Make the World a Better Place

September 25, 2008 / No Comments

Really, why can't we all just get along? I'm for kissing and making up, aren't you? A dolphin and a sea lion, not your best of friends, have learned to kiss their hostility away at an aquarium in Beijing. China has a National Holiday coming up. To prepare the aquarium folk taught the two how to kiss in order to ...

China Buys Two Whales from Japan

September 16, 2008 / No Comments

An aquarium in China bought two whales from Japan. [gallery] I like animals, don't get me wrong. But, do I want to tackle a whale, roll him and her over to find their, um, parts, then get sperm from the non-sperm whales, however that might done, then find Miss Whale and inject her with Mr. Whales juice. Nope, not me. Uh uh. ...

An Elephant in My Pocket

September 5, 2008 / No Comments

"What's that in your pocket, Alex?" "An elephant." "Whatcha doing?" "Smuggling." Five elephants were smuggled from their home in Yunnan Province a few years back. An animal protection center in South China rescued them and returned them to a animal protection center. Three years later, four of the gentle giants are back home. This causes me more questions than answers. First. How do you smuggle an ...

239 Billion Green Opportunities in China

September 5, 2008 / No Comments

There are 239 billion green opportunities in China. That is, China is planning on spending Y2 trillion ($239 million) to ensure that renewable energy will account for 15% of the nation's power by the year 2020. China is the world's second largest energy user. A country one fourth the size uses more. Presently, less than 10% of China's power comes from ...

China Makes Move to Protect Marine Environment

September 3, 2008 / No Comments

As Bush made a move to protect the world's largest marine sanctuary, on the other side of the world there is another surprise leader in the protection of the marine environment - China. China held its first international drill against oil spills with South Korea off the coast of Qingdao. Some 500 people, one helicopter, one fixed wing aircraft and ...

Recycling Law Adopted in China

August 29, 2008 / No Comments

From January 1, 2009, China will begin recycling by a law that will promote a circular economy. The law was passed at the 11th Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC). It took three readings to get it right. China is riding on the heels of a very successful Olympics. The new push - boost sustainable development through: energy saving pollution reduction No ...

Eco Luxury Songjiang Hotel Built in a Quarry

August 21, 2008 / 3 Comments

We always salute those that build something thinking about the way it affects the environment we live in. However, the big surprise is that the Chinese are doing it close to Shanghai. In a 100-meter deep quarry the guys at Atkins designed the eco-luxury Songjiang Hotel that will use geothermal technology to generate electricity and hot water. The great advantage is that ...

When Creation Fights Back

August 15, 2008 / No Comments

I don't particularly like the word 'nature.' I prefer the word creation. It's all about my convictions. But, that's not the point of this post. The point is when things get out of whack on our home planet, they can really get out of kilter. And, there is not a whole lot we can do about it. A flood in southern ...

African Snail Appears in China

August 13, 2008 / 1 Comment

  A giant and dangerous snail from Africa has turned up in a street in Fuzhou China. Ecologists haven't a clue how the slow moving critter made its way to the Middle Kingdom but they are reckoning it took a very long time. The spotted snail consumes fruits and veggies in large amounts and can single-handedly destroy a local agricultural industry...well, ...

China Gets Okay to Import Ivory of Endangered Elephant

July 17, 2008 / 1 Comment

The good news is that China is not likely to abuse its privilege of importing ivory from African elephants which are covered by the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) which made the decision at a meeting in Geneva. NOT! What in the world?! China joins Japan as the only two countries that are permitted to import ...