Daily Archives: October 26, 2017

Food crisis benefits Goldman Sachs

The end of the Chinese miracle | FT Features

Financial Times
Published on Mar 9, 2016

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Chinese Millennials: Growing demographic becomes economic powerhouse

CGTN America
Published on Oct 26, 2017

Chinese Millennials, with a population of nearly 400 million, are reshaping the economy and China.

A global food crisis may be less than a decade away | Sara Menker


Published on Oct 26, 2017

Sara Menker quit a career in commodities trading to figure out how the global value chain of agriculture works. Her discoveries have led to some startling predictions: “We could have a tipping point in global food and agriculture if surging demand surpasses the agricultural system’s structural capacity to produce food,” she says. “People could starve and governments may fall.” Menker’s models predict that this scenario could happen in a decade — that the world could be short 214 trillion calories per year by 2027. She offers a vision of this impossible world as well as some steps we can take today to avoid it.


New top-level environmental body for China | China Dialogue

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Xi Jinping announces new bureaus to protect natural resources at Party Congress, reports Liu Qin

Deng Xiaoping is remembered as the architect of China’s market reform era and “opening up”. Emerging from the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) Congress, it looks as if Xi Jinping intends to be remembered as the architect of China’s “ecological civilisation” – the Party’s long term vision of a sustainable China.

On October 19, Xi gave a speech lasting three and a half hours to the Congress in which he said that building an ecological civilisation is necessary for the continued development of the Chinese people.

“The damage that humanity does to nature will ultimately harm humanity itself – this is an unavoidable rule,” said President Xi.

Such strength of language is rarely seen at these high-level events and demonstrates the importance of ecological civilisation in Xi’s plans to build a “beautiful China.”

It accompanied a landmark announcement that China will set up a new body to take ownership of China’s “natural resource assets” and oversee governmental bodies with responsibility for managing the country’s “natural environment.”

This has been interpreted as a move by central government to take powers from local officials over land usage, including control of mineral resources, waterways, forests, mountains, grasslands, deserts, oceans, and wetlands.

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Interior official turns whistleblower, claiming retaliation for climate change work

PBS NewsHour
Published on Aug 2, 2017

A government scientist who studied dangerous climate change in the Arctic got an ironic reassignment at the Interior Department from the Trump administration: collecting checks from oil and gas companies. Joel Clement, the former director of the Interior Department Office of Policy Analysis, believes he was reassigned because he worked on climate change. Clement joins William Brangham to explain.


Vote Yourself a Farm
Published on Jul 26, 2017