Rising ground-based ozone levels are already decimating corn crops in regions such as India and China, with researchers predicting yield losses of around 10 per cent. Ozone — which is released as a by product of fossil fuel usage — effectively prematurely ages the crops and makes them less efficient at making energy to grow. Unlike other emissions like carbon dioxide and methane, however, its impact of plant production has gone largely unnoticed. Researchers found that two of the most common commercial varieties of the popular vegetable suffer particularly badly when exposed to more of the gas. The resulting reduction of crop yields match those caused by droughts. Scroll down for video Rising ground-based ozone levels are already decimating corn crops in regions such as India and China, with researchers predicting yield losses of around 10 per cent WHAT IS OZONE? Ozone is a molecule comprised of three oxygen atoms that occurs … [Read more...] about Rising ozone is already decimating corn crops: Scientists find pollution levels in India and China have cut yields by 10 per cent
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Organisers say more than a million people - one seventh of Hong Kong's population - took part in Sunday's demonstration against a planned bill to allow extradition to mainland China. It was one of Hong Kong's largest ever protests, and the biggest since the former British colony was handed back to mainland China in 1997.But Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam - who was elected by a mostly pro-Beijing panel of 1,200 people - has vowed to press ahead with plans to pass the law.So do protests in Hong Kong - which has certain freedoms, but not full democracy - ever work? And what are the odds of protesters succeeding this time?Why do people in Hong Kong protest?Public protests play an important role in Hong Kong - as one local journalist has put it, for many demonstrators, protesting is "in their DNA".Since Hong Kongers have the right to protest, but cannot directly elect their government, many see taking to the streets as their way of forcing change - especially with issues they see as … [Read more...] about Hong Kong extradition protests: Do China demonstrations ever work?
Mourners have gathered to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of China's purged former leader, Zhao Ziyang.More than 100 people braved police surveillance to go to what was once his courtyard home in Beijing.Mr Zhao was detained after opposing the use of force to end the protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989.The former Communist Party leader was under constant house arrest until his death in 2005, and his name is still rarely mentioned in official circles.The mourners took flowers and bowed low before photographs of Mr Zhao, in what appeared to be an impromptu ceremony.Police officers were stationed outside the compound. They allowed mourners to enter the house to pay their respects, but stopped journalists from going in.Mr Zhao's former adviser, Bao Tong, said that China's current leaders did not know how to deal with Mr Zhao's legacy."I think that the government is very conflicted about its opinion of Zhao Ziyang," Mr Bao told Reuters news agency."They're afraid that if … [Read more...] about Mourners mark China leader Zhao Ziyang’s death anniversary
Similar to the hype surrounding the release last year of Crazy Rich Asians, the first Hollywood romcom to feature an all-Asian cast, Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, made for a far more modest $3m, has also generated a great wave of goodwill since its premiere at Sundance in January. The Farewell is a welcome addition to a new canon that depicts the contemporary Asian-American experience. As a mixed-race woman who was not born or raised in her parents’ home country/culture, I found the depiction of the complex east-west family dynamics highly resonant, particularly around the themes of belonging and not belonging. I also shed quite a few tears in the process. The Farewell reaches cinemas as the US-China trade war continues to send shockwaves through the global economy; it is far more political than I could have imagined. Starring Crazy Rich Asians alum Awkwafina as Billi, a Chinese-American woman who discovers her grandmother, or nai nai in Mandarin, has terminal lung cancer and … [Read more...] about Is The Farewell the olive branch the US-China culture war needs?
The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, has succeeded in abolishing presidential term limits, a momentous political coup that paves the way for him to stay in power for years to come. Nearly 3,000 members of China’s National People’s Congress voted the highly controversial constitutional amendment through during a Sunday afternoon session at the Great Hall of the People – an imposing Mao-era theatre on the western fringe of Tiananmen Square. Applause rippled through the auditorium as Xi cast his vote, using two hands to place a salmon-coloured ballot into a bright red box at 3.24pm. A further 2,957 ballots were cast in favour of the change while three delegates abstained and two voted against, a small hint of the outrage the move has caused in some liberal circles. The identifies of the five dissenters is - and will almost certainly remain - a mystery. “I can now announce that the proposals to amend the constitution of the People’s Republic of China has … [Read more...] about ‘This could destroy China’: parliament sets Xi Jinping up to rule for life