Although political leaders in China have not reached a consensus about emissions caps, the international community would like to see more concessions. With multimedia content from the Green China project at the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, Worldfocus takes a deeper look at both sides of China's role in the climate change debate.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Nina Hachigian argues that the Chinese have multiple reasons for the stance they are currently taking at Copenhagen. Leaders must respond to China's pressing demographic changes and safeguard its international image in the developing world.
The Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations has been extensively covering China's environmental shift for the China Green project. Worldfocus has selected four multimedia pieces from "Tibetan Plateau in Peril" that address climate change in Tibet, where glacial melting threatens Asia's water supply -- leading to potentially disastrous consequences.
China and the U.S. are involved in a showdown at the international climate change conference in Copenhagen. At the heart of the dispute, the U.S. wants China to cut its greenhouse gas emissions more than China has proposed. Orville Schell, the director of the Center on US-China Relations at the Asia Society joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the issue.
On December 4, President Arroyo imposed martial law in Maguindanao province of the southern Philippines, 10 days after a massacre that killed 57 -- 31 of whom were journalists. The Arroyo administration claims martial law will subdue violence by the Ampatuan warlord clan suspected of carrying out the attack. Read more from Filipino blogs and news sites.
Will China accept lower growth and higher energy costs that could result from the Copenhagen summit? While virtually no one in China denies climate change, debate focuses on the speed and selection of renewable energy alternatives. Martin Savidge hosts Julian Wong and Rashid Kang to discuss how China is developing its alternative energy programs.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Hsin-Yin Lee writes about a recent matchmaking effort by a Guangdong company that used young women dressed as Christmas elves to solicit college girls for their clients. The stunt led to a backlash against what many in China see as a new class of the young and entitled.
Worldfocus producer Connie Kargbo interviews Columbia University's Scott Barrett on the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. He explains what the United States -- and other nations both rich and poor-- might hope to accomplish.
Worldfocus blogger Michael Lwin, who recently returned from a trip to Yangon and Naypyidaw, writes about how Myanmar is preparing for elections next year in accordance with its new constitution. Myanmar's ruling junta has placed strict limits on the elections, but they may offer a chance for limited civilian participation.
As part of its coverage of this week's Copenhagen climate change summit, the Center for Public Integrity's International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published an interactive graphic depicting emissions. View four different maps showing global emissions totals, produced by data graphic designer Stephen Rountree.