Thursday Morning Linkage

Jul 11, 2013

“Of course this is risky,” Mr. Logulov said, “but risk is everywhere in life. A brick could fall on your head in the street, for example. And this is just a small risk.” – on the practice of having Russian children take their pictures with circus animals (WTF!?)

Here is your morning linkage with a return to form, conservation concerns and pollution in Asia loom large:

  • Worries about China’s resumption of the trade in tiger parts
  • Yao Ming urges Chinese to give up on shark fin soup
  • And good news, big drop in demand for shark fin soup record
  • 4,000 missing in recent India floods
  • Massive flooding in southwest China, bad idea to build along rivers
  • Study finds lifespan in polluted northern China average 5.5 years less than other parts of the country
  • U.S.-China working group on climate change agrees to measures on transport, coal, buildings efficiences as part of Strategic & Economic Dialogue this week in Washington (Deborah Seligsohn comments)

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Joshua Busby is an Associate Professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. He is the author of Moral Movements and Foreign Policy (Cambridge, 2010) and the co-author, with Ethan Kapstein, of AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations (Cambridge, 2013). His main research interests include transnational advocacy and social movements, international security and climate change, global public health and HIV/ AIDS, energy and environmental policy, and U.S. foreign policy. He also tends to blog about global wildlife conservation.