The Big Picture on Oceans

Ocean ecosystems are coming under increasing stress, from warmer temperatures to overfishing. Neo Mei Lin, Marine Biologist at the National University of Singapore, points to the need for cooperation among communities, governments and private companies, and explains what individuals can do – such as making wiser choices about seafood consumption. http://www.weforum.org/

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The Big Picture on Oceans

The Big Picture on the New Silk Road

China’s new “Belt and Road” initiative is a series of energy and maritime-related projects that will improve connectivity in less-developed regions between East Asia and Europe – physically, and in terms of institutions and ideas. Fu Jun and Mark Wu explain how it could shape the global economic system in the 21st century. http://www.weforum.org/

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The Big Picture on the New Silk Road

The Big Picture on Energy

Rapidly decarbonizing the energy system will require different technologies in different locations. Lachlan Blackhall of Australian National University points to the world’s largest photovoltaic farm at Longyangxia Dam as an example of how quickly technologies can reach commercial viability – and residential lithium batteries as an example of how consumers are taking the lead. http://www.weforum.org/

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The Big Picture on Cities

While other societies often took a couple of centuries to transition from rural to urban, China is doing it in three or four decades – with problems including congestion, pollution and garbage. Zhang Jianyu, Chief Representative of the Environmental Defense Fund, explains why the planned new city at Xiongan is an opportunity to put planning ideas into practice. http://www.weforum.org/

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The Big Picture on Cities