Chinese social media shrank by 7.4% in the first half of 2014, concurrent with an ongoing government crackdown on social media sites and “Big V” users. This, tiger bone wine, mysterious deaths among migrant workers, and more, today on China Digital Times.
Photo of the Day: Grandma in Her Kitchen by Yumian Deng
There’s no pollution here.
With China’s air quality once again making headlines in recent weeks, we check in with China Air Daily’s Michael Zhao to see if there’s any reason for hope.
Read the full story here.
Prize-winning architect Ma Yansong wants to plant a forest in Tiananmen Square. “The ‘machine age’ drive to build grid-shaped cities filled with cubic buildings that race each other into the sky — first in the West, and now in China — alienates people from the spirits of nature and of each other,” Ma tells Der Spiegel. Learn more about this artistic rebel from China Digital Times. (image courtesy r2hox under Creative Commons license)
Today at China Digital Times, read about how development on the Tibetan Plateau is changing the environment there and downriver in India, China, and beyond. Conservation scientist Ed Grumbine says it “could be that the Himalayas become the most dammed region in the world” in the next 20 years. In his forthcoming Spoiling Tibet: China and Resource Nationalism on the Roof of the World, Gabriel Lafitte warns against exploiting and urbanizing the land.
(photo: Yangpachen Valley, Tibet by McKay Savage http://flic.kr/p/ehn33)
Why can’t China have just one river that isn’t destroyed by humans?
Well, since there supposedly is no problem in drinking this water, please forward this message, if you agree, to ask Shanghai’s party secretary, mayor and water authority leaders if they will be the first ones to drink this meat soup?