Giant on the move
The residents of a Chinese community see the benefits of an innovative solar power project every day – and night.
Along the rolling hills of China’s southwestern Chongqing Municipality, three hundred solar panels follow the sun’s daily voyage across the sky.
The region’s solar street lights are so bright that locals say it is like the sun is shining at night.
Photo and video credit: Christina Hu
China might have good environmental reasons to restrict the production of rare earth metals, but export quotas and duties are not the way to do it.
Instead, it should raise environmental standards which will force consolidation in the production of these metals, which are key to green technologies. That will improve China's environment, give it greater control over output, but reduce the risk of a trade battle.
China has appealed to residents to take “green” transport ahead of the Olympics, casting the city’s pledge to provide clean air and unclogged roads as a civic “duty”.
I used to take green transport to work, cycling a round trip of 14 miles five days a week in the cooler months, and three days a week in the summer.