Mother Jones on environmental protest in China Jaeah Lee explains how, in the face of environmental protests that have growing in both size and frequeny, China's environment minister has instated new policies that essentially boil down to "if you're a local official who has plans to build a new power plant in your town, you'll first have to predict how much it will piss off your citizens." Lee points out that while the new rules have the potential to making "decision-making around industrial projects more transparent" more transparent Lee says "it's doubtful the plan will do much to heed the demands of protesters, some China observers say." In fact, one expert thinks it will make suppression tactics more effective.
The Guardian on bamboo bikes James Stewart takes us to a Bamboo Bicycle Club, created by two engineers who, in the words of one of the creators, "wanted to share the joy of making something; the craft of creating something unique and sustainable." Stewart then learns how to make a bamboo bike, as he is shown how to "select bamboo for strength" and "mitre joints before tubes are epoxied lightly in place on the jig." Stewart explains that: "With its jigs and power tools and design plans, the course is a leap of faith for someone whose idea of DIY is flatpack assembly."