Category: Asia

Singapore’s Kallang River Restores Urban Bishan Park

Singapore’s Kallang River Restores Urban Bishan Park

  One of Singapore’s most popular parks has been transformed into a dynamic natural ecosystem with the restoration of 2.7 kilometers of the Kallang River that had previously been forced into a concrete drainage channel, creating new recreation opportunities while helping protect the city from flooding. The three-year, $60-million makeover of Bishan Park was officially completed last weekend, when Prime Minister Lee Hsien […]

China’s Tobacco Monopoly is 18th Profitable Company

China’s Tobacco Monopoly is 18th Profitable Company

  China National Tobacco Corp., the nation’s cigarette monopoly, may be larger by annual profit than HSBC and Wal-Mart  according to a rare release of the company’s financial data. Its 2010 figures would make China National Tobacco the world’s 18th largest company by profit, one spot ahead of American International Group and just behind JPMorgan Chase & Co., according to […]

China Dominating Solar Panel Industry

China Dominating Solar Panel Industry

  Ten years ago, solar panels were made mostly in the United States, Germany, and Japan. Chinese manufacturers made almost none. But by 2006, the Chinese company Suntech Power had the capacity to make over a million silicon-based solar panels a year and was already the world’s third-largest producer. Today Chinese manufacturers make about 50 million solar panels a year—over […]

Largest Bamboo Structure is Chocolate Factory

Largest Bamboo Structure is Chocolate Factory

  We’ve seen cutting boards, bicycles, floors, even houses made of bamboo, but an organic chocolate factory? Evidently, when Ben Ripple and Frederick Schilling, the two co-CEOs of specialty food company Big Tree Farms (BTF) talked about sustainably building their new plant, they put their money where their mouths are. Now, the Indonesian island of Bali is home to what […]

World Expo in China

World Expo in China

  The World Expo in China, the world’s largest in history with 73 million attending, for the first time in 159 years focused on cities, sustainable ones that is. Throughout its six-month run, more than 500 new technologies in solar, heat pumps, energy efficiency, transportation and advanced material were developed as part of the Expo. For instance, one entire building […]