China’s Hong Kong-Shenhzen-Guangzhou region -- home to about 120 million people – is the largest of the world’s developing mega-regions, The Guardian said, citing UN-Habitat’s latest “State of World Cities” report. The “endless city” phenomenon could be one of the most significant factors in the way people live and economies grow in the next 50 years, according to the agency.
Children born in rural China are three to six times more likely to die before age 5 than those in cities, a Croatian-led study found. The research, published in the journal The Lancet, highlights the wide gulf in health-care provision in China, Reuters reported.
Northern China’s spring sandstorms – widely considered a product of worsening desertification -- blew in with particular ferocity, the Associated Press said. But China Daily quoted meteorologists as saying the storms were the result of strong and frequent cold spells, and that the number of yellow and dusty days has decreased since the 1980s.
The Asian monsoon spreads industrial pollution from China and India around the world by lofting it high into the atmosphere where it may affect the global climate, a study published in the journal Science shows, according to Reuters. A projected rise in economic growth, including the opening of more coal-fired power plants, could mean more such pollution, the study said.
For the first time, China outpaced the United States in investments in low-carbon energy such as wind and solar power, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts report, said China Daily.
China has started work on its largest modern canal project, connecting the Yangtze and Han rivers in Hubei Province, sina.com said. The project is intended to add water to the Han and save transportation travel time between the two rivers.
Nearly 200 people have been diagnosed with excessive lead levels in their blood in Guiyang county, Hunan province – a figure that is expected to rise -- state media cited by Agence France-Presse reported. As China’s pollution toll grows, protesters and the news media have been more vocal, Fred Pearce wrote for Environment 360.
Excessive land reclamation from the sea poses a growing threat to oceanic ecology and aggravates coastal pollution, Sun Zhihui, head of China’s State Oceanic Administration, told China Daily.
Middle-class families in the most prosperous regions in China are finding the least happiness in life because of high stress, China Daily reported a survey of 70,000 people as finding. About 25% of the population belongs to the “sandwiched” middle class.
Prepared in cooperation with PACE