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  • December 2009
    Vol.4 No.4
    The Path To Green Growth:
    Hard Choices That Asia Must Make
    Letter to Readers
  • Cover Story
    The Path To Green Growth: Hard Choices That Asia Must Make

    Nothing short of a paradigm shift will stop Asia’s powering growth from eventually tipping the world into a catastrophic spiral of climate change. From governments to businesses to civic groups to individuals, Asia must embrace a new path to green growth to save the planet.

    • Lee Myung-bak
      Shifting Paradigms: The Road to Global Green Growth

      South Korean President outlines how nations can embrace a new economic model — green growth — not as a wanton response to the international pressure for carbon mitigation, but as a reflection of respective national capability and political will.

    • Norichika Kanie
      Green Growth and a New World Order

      Much of the public and policy-making discussion of climate change has focused on the need to reduce CO2 emissions. What gets less attention is the fact that a move away from fossil-based fuels could herald a dramatic change in the international order.

    • Peter Hayes
      Transformative Technology for a Sustainable Future

      Every so often in history a technological innovation emerges that has a transformative effect on human civilization. Nautilus Institute Director looks at some of the possible technological breakthroughs.

    • Dominic Kailashnath Waughray
      Unleashing Green Dragons: A Bottom-Up Approach

      With Asia's breakneck economic growth increasingly threatened by further damage to the environment, World Economic Forum executive argues that adding a uniquely “bottom-up” dimension to Asia’s environmental management strategy.

    • Dominic Barton
      Green Growth in Asia: An Opportunity for Business

      Asian business leaders could reap significant competitive advantages from the coming shift to a green model of economic growth. The new model will use resources more efficiently and demand major capital investment.

    • Li Zhengmao, Junichi Saito, Woong-Chul Yang
      Corporate Case Studies: Fujitsu, Hyundai and China Mobile

      In disparate corners of the business world, three firms, Fujitsu, Hyundai, and China Mobile are pioneering solutions to the challenges of sustainable development.

    • Fatima Shah
      Can Asian Cities Be Both Green and Resilient?

      With its many coastal mega-cities, Asia is poised to suffer disproportionately from the negative effects of climate change and the consequent rise in natural disasters. The World Bank's Fatima Shah looks at strategies and alternatives.

    • Lee Schipper
      Car Crazy: The Perils of Asia's Hyper-Motorization

      Asian nations desperate to find ways to cope with the clogged roads and foul air in their cities should not despair, says transport scientist Lee Schipper. Asian car ownership overall is tiny compared with the US and Europe.

    • Robert Turk
      The Future of Green Building

      The past decade has witnessed a steady increase in the need to address environmental considerations as part of the design process for commercial and residential buildings. A consultant on sustainable building practices looks at the eco-friendly design.

  • The Debate
    Did Copenhagen Really Achieve Anything?
    • Agus P. Sari
      Salvaging Negotiations: Where We Go From Here

      While it is tempting to describe the Copenhagen climate change conference as a failure, the accord that emerged from the conference still succeeded in sending important messages about the battle against climate change.

    • Yurika Ayukawa
      Nearing the Tipping Point: The Failure to Find a Way Back

      The climate change conference in Copenhagen was a total failure. What was expected was a binding legal agreement that would set ambitious targets for carbon emissions reductions from individual countries.

  • Features
    • Jia Qingguo, Richard Rosecrance
      Delicately Poised: Are China and the US Heading for Conflict?

      As the balance of power between China and the US narrows with China's rise, many observers fret that armed conflict could ensue. But Jia Qingguo and Richard Rosecrance argue there are reasons to be optimistic that China’s rise will be peaceful.

    • Cheol Hee Park
      Bloodless Revolution: How the DPJ's Win Will Change Japan

      For most of the past 60 years, one party has ruled Japan. In August 2009, the Democratic Party of Japan finally ended the Liberal Democratic Party's stranglehold. It has since set about a sweeping reform of how Japan is governed and who benefits.

    • Peter Van Ness
      Japan, the Indispensable Power in Northeast Asia

      With the rise of China in recent decades, Australian academic Peter Van Ness argues, there are plenty of reasons why Japan not only remains highly relevant, but also can be seen as the pivotal power in Northeast Asia.

    • Edward J. Baker
      North Korea: It's Time to Start Talking

      US Ambassador Stephen Bosworth's recent visit to North Korea may herald a new, less confrontational approach by the administration of President Barack Obama to the regime in Pyongyang.

    • Kanishka Jayasuriya
      The Emergence of Regulatory Regionalism

      Much of the debate about regional integration in Asia has focused on institutional frameworks that promote trade liberalization of an Asian community. Kanishka Jayasuriya argues that this approach misses the emergence of a new force for regionalism.

  • Book Reviews
    • Zhang Feng
      The Tianxia System: World Order in a Chinese Utopia

      As China moves to center stage in world politics, the works of Chinese philosopher Zhao Tingyang are provoking debate at home and abroad for their portrait of a Chinese-inspired new world order.

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