GIF: Global Temperatures, Dubai Palm Island Building

Month after month, the world’s temperature records have been reset over and over again. And NASA Earth Observatory archive has it all. First one below on the rising temperatures on a global scale over more than a century, decade by Read More …

GIF: Amazon Deforestation & Mountaintop Mining

Another couple of pieces of gem from NASA Earth Observatory’s archive, first about the catastrophic mountaintop mining happening in West Virginia (1984-2015) and the other about deforestation (2000-2012) in the Amazon.   The state of Rondônia in western Brazil — Read More …

GIF: Time Traveling in China by Dheera Venkatraman

Really amazed by this MIT scientist/photographer who has taken this to an artistic level, documenting the dramatic changes over the landscapes of many Chinese cities. There are more on his site here.           Original post on Read More …

5.16 This Week in Numbers

Occupations of persons from the Panama Papers, via this awesome blog: From Ian Bremmer via LinkedIn: A good way to look at widening wealth gap in America Average internet speed, megabytes per second Singapore 98.5 Hong Kong 92.6 S Korea Read More …

GIF: Cities Under Water 2C vs. 4C Temperature Rises

A few months ago, I wrote on ChinaFile.com about the dramatic renditions of climate change impacts on major cities around the world, with large swaths of urban centers flooded by rising waters, between the 2C and 4C temperature rise scenarios. Read More …

5.9 This Week in Numbers

Via McKinsey: From Ian Bremmer via LinkedIn: Most languages spoken 1 Papua New Guinea 839 2 Indonesia 707 3 Nigeria 526 4 India 454 5 US 422 6 China 300 7 Mexico 289 8 Cameroon 281 Firearm homicide rates: how Read More …

中国父母在纽约:2016悠悠择校的战略与战术小结

历时五个月的择校前的煎熬、研究学区学校做功课、填志愿和漫长的等待,我们终于在五月的第一个工作日获得了我们期待已久、梦寐以求的首选学校,迎来了一个轻松愉快的母亲节!下面简要回顾和总结一下我们身在异乡为人父母的一点择校经验: 以前都认为美国人家庭对孩子的教育基本是放羊(或放养),那真是大错特错了,一些富裕的家庭要么所在的学区是全美顶级的名校,要么捧着每年少则三万,多则大好几万的银子到私立,而且高级的私立学校不是说有钱就进的,孩子连同父母双方还要通过严苛的面试过程,可谓既富且贵的私塾。这个类型的学校不在我们考虑的范畴,等来生再分解。