Nicola Davison is a British freelance writer and editor based in London.
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The drying up of China's largest freshwater lake

The drying up of China’s largest freshwater lake

When Jiang Minsheng moored his fishing boat on the eastern shore of Jiangxi’s Poyang Lake in November last year, he didn’t expect to it to be marooned. The fisherman’s village is on an island in the middle of the freshwater lake, once China’s largest. But Jiang was caught off guard by the premature arrival of the dry...
Is the Shanghai Tower the world’s first eco-friendly skyscraper?

Is the Shanghai Tower the world’s first eco-friendly skyscraper?

Though still shrouded in scaffolding, the world’s second tallest building already overshadows its companions in the crowded Shanghai skyline. Located in the Pudong financial district, the Shanghai Tower’s spiralling trunk represents China’s emergence as an economic superpower. But the elegant shape has a more practical application: it works with the wind. Designers refined the twisting,...
NGOs look to crowdfunding for green initiatives in China

NGOs look to crowdfunding for green initiatives in China

When an earthquake hit rural Sichuan on April 20 2013, the community of Baoxing County was one of the worst affected. Dozens of villagers died and the destruction threatened the livelihoods of the survivors. These desperate circumstances led the Global Environmental Institute (GEI), a supporter of Baoxing’s Fengtongzhai Honey Cooperative, to turn to an innovative...