Places with cold climates need access to a reliable and efficient heat supply for the health of their population. But in developing countries, the majority of rural and peri-urban households do…

Yabei zhang |

Photo © : Guangqing Liu While most people link air pollution only to burning fossil fuels, other activities such as agriculture and biomass burning also contribute to it. The complexity of air…

Garo Batmanian |

Eco-architecture is a booming field in China, and there is a growing demand for education and training in this relatively new field. In response, the Liaoning Urban Construction School (LUCS) used…

Liping Xiao |

Shenzhen, in south China, has grown from a small fishing community to a metropolis of 10 million people in just 35 years. Shenzhen occupies a special place in modern Chinese reform history. Set up…

Xiaodong Wang |

As we were wrapping up the work on our new China Quarterly Update (of which I am the main author), looking at our main conclusions and messages on economic developments in China, prospects, and…

Louis Kuijs |

The World Bank recently launched an East Asia energy flagship report in Singapore: “Winds of Change: East Asia’s Sustainable Energy Future” (full disclosure: I&r

Xiaodong Wang |

Rows of solar collectors line the roofs of many buildings in China. Driving through Jiangsu and Anhui provinces adjacent to Shanghai, China, last month, I was struck. Not by the sheer number of…

Joe Qian |

This is my last week in the World Bank, after working at the institution for 20 years, the last five as country director for China and Mongolia.

David Dollar |

In just fifteen years, two billion motor vehicles are projected to inhabit the world’s roads, doubling today’s population. Most of this growth will occur in Asia, with China leading the way. In…

Deborah Gordon |

China is emerging as a major financer of infrastructure projects in Africa, as documented in Building Bridges, a report released this week by the World Bank.  This is a very welcome development…

David Dollar |