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Hong Kong Designer Tells New York Apartment Dwellers to 'Blur the Boundaries'

Hong Kong designer Gary Chang demonstrates his
Lifestyle

In an interview with Asia Blog, Gary Chang, inventor of the remarkable "Domestic Transformer" apartment, shares some secrets for adapting to a small living space.

2011: Post Nuclear Tragedy, Three Inspiring Environmental Shifts in Japan

Lifestyle

This is part of a series of year-end posts on Asia Blog written by Asia Society experts and Associate Fellows looking back on noteworthy events in 2011. You can read the entire series here.

Welcome Back to the Industrial Revolution

(San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive/Flickr)

The latest turmoil in global stock markets following Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade its rating of the United States government has led many to fear another serious economic downturn. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable  what hopes might exist for global cooperation on sustainability issues like food security, energy policy, and climate change in a renewed economic crisis? Is it possible for any of these issues to play an important part of international policy discussions?

Can The UN Regulate Domestic Environmental Policy?

The United Nations Headquarters in New York City. (United Nations Photo/Flickr)

During a recent speech to the World Trade Organization, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that sustainable development will be the United Nations’ top priority during his second term. What have been the United Nations greatest contributions to the area of sustainable development under Secretary General Ban Ki-moon? What steps can the organization take to better address the variety of issues surrounding sustainable development, such as climate change, food security, alternative energy, and water?

The Real Issues Behind Sustainable Development

Construction of a structural column in Indonesia, 2010. (Shanghai Daddy/Flickr)

During a recent speech to the World Trade Organization, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that sustainable development will be the United Nations’ top priority during his second term. What have been the United Nations greatest contributions to the area of sustainable development under Secretary General Ban Ki-moon? What steps can the organization take to better address the variety of issues surrounding sustainable development, such as climate change, food security, alternative energy, and water?

On Sustainable Development, UN Should Focus on Small Steps, Tangible Goals

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2009. (World Economic Forum/Flickr)

During a recent speech to the World Trade Organization, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that sustainable development will be the United Nations’ top priority during his second term. What have been the United Nations greatest contributions to the area of sustainable development under Secretary General Ban Ki-moon? What steps can the organization take to better address the variety of issues surrounding sustainable development, such as climate change, food security, alternative energy, and water?

How to Clean Up the Pacific Ocean

No trash. California, 2008 (José Antonio Galloso/Flickr)

A recent study from the University of California, San Diego, found that tens of thousands of tons of debris are ingested annually by fish in the Pacific Ocean. In this week's Sustainability Roundtable, we asked our experts how Asia and the United States can cooperate to tackle the problem of pollution in the Pacific Ocean. Is there a chance for collaboration on cleaning and waste management efforts?

Asian Nations Could Help Form 'Pacific Pollution Patrol'

Waste on a beach in Malaysia. (epSos .de/Flickr)

A recent study from the University of California, San Diego, found that tens of thousands of tons of debris are ingested annually by fish in the Pacific Ocean. In this week's Sustainability Roundtable, we asked our experts how Asia and the United States can cooperate to tackle the problem of pollution in the Pacific Ocean. Is there a chance for collaboration on cleaning and waste management efforts?

The Deadly Cost of Marine Debris

Trash in the Great Pacific. (cesar harada/Flickr)

A recent study from the University of California, San Diego, found that tens of thousands of tons of debris are ingested annually by fish in the Pacific Ocean. In this week's Sustainability Roundtable, we asked our experts how Asia and the United States can cooperate to tackle the problem of pollution in the Pacific Ocean. Is there a chance for collaboration on cleaning and waste management efforts?

In Sweden, a Bold Step in Language Education — But Will it Last?

The Swedish furniture giant IKEA's Beijing store (pictured) is its second-largest in the world. (xiaming/Flickr)
Education

In bold if not surprising news, last week Swedish Education Minister Jan Björklund called for Chinese language to be taught in all primary and secondary schools, which would make Sweden a leader in Europe.