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China's Pollution Woes Trigger a New Environment for Manufacturers in China
Posted on 8 Oct 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

By Richard J. Ferris, Jr. China presents foreign manufacturers with many paradoxes. The most modern of manufacturing operations can exist nearby the most backward. Thousands of quality assurance, hygiene, energy conservation and other regulatory... Read More

Jenner & Block: China’s Toxic Rice Bowl
Posted on 4 Jun 2013 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson , Partner, Jenner & Block Last month, as many celebrated Rachel Carson's birthday, we remembered her environmental work and the landmark publication of her book, Silent Spring . In doing so, we should be reminded of how far... Read More

Troutman Sanders: China Finance: Venture Capital and Private Equity Cleantech Fund Structures for China Investments
Posted on 19 Oct 2011 by Troutman Sanders

This article is written by Edward Epstein , Office Managing Partner of Troutman Sanders' Shanghai Office. It appeared first in ACORE's Summer 2011 US-China Quarterly Market Review and is reprinted with ACORE's permission. To access the full... Read More

eSolar Shines in China
Posted on 13 Jan 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

A southern California start-up founded by Bill Gross (the founder of Idealab ) is the first company of its size to land a major solar deal in China. Bill Gross’ eSolar recently announced that it had inked a deal with China Shandong Penglai Electric... Read More

The Wind and the Sun
Posted on 10 Jan 2012 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

By Gregory C. Dorris, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP Æsop Fables (Sixth century B.C.). The Harvard Classics 1909-14. Moral of the Story "Kindness Effects More Than Severity" THE WIND and the Sun were disputing which was... Read More

Sulfur Masking Global Warming?
Posted on 15 Jul 2011 by Patrick Greissing

By Patrick Greissing, Alston & Bird LLP A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences states that despite the increase in greenhouse gas emissions from 1998 to 2008, global surfaces temperatures have leveled... Read More

Global Warming: There are Reasonable, Cost-Effective Steps that Can Slow the Temperature Rise, but They May Be Rendered Moot by Massive Increases in CO2
Posted on 4 Mar 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

First, some good news. Prior posts have noted repeatedly the key role that methane plays in global warming (the longterm trend in temperature, not seasonal or annual variations). Prior posts have also noted the role that particulates-aerosols play in... Read More

Lakes across the globe are warming up
Posted on 3 Dec 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Throughout the past quarter-century, inland lakes have been experiencing a small, steadily rising nighttime fever. Globally, the average increase has hovered around 0.045 degrees Celsius per year, but in some regions the increase has been more than twice... Read More

Although fire ants originated in the U.S. as the result of "imports" from South America, their spread to many other countries is from the U.S., new genetic assessment shows
Posted on 27 Feb 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Fire ants are a royal pain (literally and figuratively). Chemical pesticides and many other brews have tried to wipe them out, unfortunately without success. They are now colonizing many other countries. But, what is the origin of these new invasions... Read More

Ancient hunter-gatherers heated seafood in ceramic pots
Posted on 17 Jun 2013 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

As noted in prior posts, the understanding of human social and cultural development has changed radically over the last decade, if not last five years. For example, humans lived in huts (albeit temporarily) even before they were farmers. Thus, as frequently... Read More