The swelling tide of new money in Asia has resulted in some serious conservation concerns. Rapid economic growth in countries like China and Vietnam has equipped millions who were previously excluded from enjoying luxury goods with unprecedented buying power.
Back in 2007, New Zealand promised to be the greenest country on Earth. Then Prime Minister Helen Clark of the Labour Party pledged to achieve a carbon-neutral and sustainable future for the Kiwi nation. A year later, the centre-right National Party won the general election and Clark was replaced by John Key, who is still in office. The lofty environmental vision of the Labour Party took a back seat to pro-business policies like the privatization of public services.
BEIJING (AP) — China’s smog-plagued capital has announced that it will ban all coal sales and use by the end of 2020 as part of its anti-pollution fight.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — An environmental panel says fewer than 100 of Mexico’s vaquita marina porpoises are left and they are in imminent danger of extinction.
In March I wrote about how meat and dairy consumption are rising rapidly in Asia and how the mass production of these foods is creating new and greater concerns in terms of animal welfare, human health and the environment. But while the growth of industrial farming is taking place in China, India and Southeast Asia, there is also a new counter movement of environmentally aware vegetarians and vegans.
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