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eSolar Shines in China

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 Power Equipment Manufacturing Co. to build...

Lakes across the globe are warming up

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 that - or about 1 °C per decade. In some regions...

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

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? The aggressive, stinging fire ants ( Solenopsis...

Troutman Sanders: China Finance: Venture Capital and Private Equity Cleantech Fund Structures for China Investments

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 Quarterly Market Review, click here and use this...

The Wind and the Sun

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 the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveller coming...

Jenner & Block: China’s Toxic Rice Bowl

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 environmental protection efforts have advanced...

Ancient hunter-gatherers heated seafood in ceramic pots

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 is the case, there is not a sudden change,...

China's Pollution Woes Trigger a New Environment for Manufacturers in China

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 standards are in place, but access to, enforcement...