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What Cities Can, and Can't, Do in Fight Against Climate Change

This image contrasting Manila's financial district with a squatter colony on the banks of the Pasig River (foreground) suggests some of the challenges facing Asia's cities as the effects of climate change become a reality in the 21st century. (Joel Nito/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable to reflect on last week's C40 Cities climate leadership group meeting in Brazil, where the World Bank signed an agreement with mayors from around the world to provide significant technical and financial assistance for climate-change-reduction projects. Are cities in the right position to manage the effects of climate change?

Hassan Abbas Picks His Top Five Books on Reforming Pakistan

Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow Hassan Abbas in Houston, Texas in 2009. (Asia Society Texas Center)
Education

Hassan Abbas suggests five books that he feels are critical to understanding and solving the issues that hinder reform in Pakistan.

Orville Schell: China's Direct Investment in Latin America a 'Tipping Point'

China's Vice-President Xi Jinping (L) is seen alongside Cuban President Raul Castro (R), on June 5, 2011 at Revolution Palace in Havana. China has investments in transportation, oil, appliances, communications and tourism in Cuba. (Alejandro Ernesto/AFP/Getty Images)
Business

Orville Schell spoke with the Associated Press about China's recent Latin-American investment spree, and what it could mean for international trade.

Maziar Bahari: Iran's Rulers Possibly 'Genocidal, Not Suicidal'

Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, detained by Iranian authorities for 118 days in 2009, at Asia Society New York on June 7, 2011. (Video below.)
Policy

The Iranian-Canadian journalist, jailed by Iran's rulers in 2009, offers a nuanced view of the controversial nuclear program.

Himalayan Meltdown: New Climate Change Film to Screen at Asia Society

Sustainability

Co-produced by the UN Development Programme, Arrowhead Films and Discovery Channel Asia, Himalayan Meltdown examines how the shrinking Himalayan glaciers and rising sea levels are affecting people in China, India, Bangladesh, Nepal.

Interview: After Li Na's French Open Win, Will More Chinese Athletes 'Fly Alone'?

China's Li Na holds the Roland Garros French Open tennis championship trophy in front of the Eiffel Tower on June 4, 2011 in Paris a few hours after winning the French Open Women's final. Li Na made sporting history at the French Open today when she became the first player from China and from Asia to win a Grand Slam singles title. (Alexander Klein/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Beijing-based American writer Maggie Rauch discusses the importance of Li Na's French Open victory and what it might mean for the future of Chinese sports.

No Short-Term Solutions for Cities Facing Climate Change

A girl collects water from a ditch in Hubei Province, China, in Mar. 2008. In China, an estimated 300 million rural residents still have low access to safe drinking water, and 400 cities face water shortages. (China Photos/Getty Images)
Sustainability

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable to reflect on last week’s C40 Cities climate leadership group meeting in Brazil, where the World Bank signed an agreement with mayors from around the world to provide significant technical and financial assistance for climate-change-reduction projects. Are cities in the right position to manage the effects of climate change?

Sharp Elbows for China from a Neighbor

Getting an earful: Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie puts on a headset to listen at the Asia-Pacific security forum in Singapore on June 4, 2011. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Anti-China protests in Vietnam may herald a greater threat to governments in Hanoi and Beijing than they realize. 

How Could G8 Promote Food Security? Stop Biofuels Subsidies

Peter Timmer
Sustainability

Asia Society's Sustainability Roundtable, a regular feature on the re:ASIA blog, features insight and analysis on current events from our team of sustainability experts. This week, we asked our roundtable to reflect on last week's G8 summit, which took place May 26-27 in Deauville, France. How did the summit address issues such as nuclear safety, climate change and the ongoing bioenergy debate?

After Japan's Nuclear Crisis, A New Emphasis on Renewable Energy

Members of environmental action group Greenpeace hold up an anti-nuclear banner in front of the Central Government offices in Hong Kong on March 22, 2011. (RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

Asia Society's Sustainability Roundtable will be a regular feature on the re:ASIA blog featuring insight and analysis on current events from our team of sustainability experts. This week, we asked our roundtable to reflect on last week's G8 summit, which took place May 26-27 in Deauville, France. How did the summit address issues such as nuclear safety, climate change and the ongoing bioenergy debate?