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i want to find the owner o this guesthouse in Ruili, He is from Burma old friend of mine.
could you send me on my personal email : [email protected]
My name is Michael i am french

I think it depends on which China one wants. There is the China that is comprised primarily of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, etc. consisting of breakneck development, gridlock, highly-polluted air as well as access to most international products and services, and somewhat sophisticated infrastucture with prices to match. yet most Chinese do no live in places like that. Although there over a hundred cities with populations of 1 million or more, the vast majority of people live in tiny rural communities, doing subsistance farming and living in very poor conditions. Kunming is a city situated between the two extremes.

Kunming is also a compromise. The local government has great aspirations, but lack of a well educated population, lack of finances and the squandering of what funds are available has Kunming mired in pitifully overloaded infrastructure. The pace of life and the incomparable weather are what make Kunming such a livable city. Is this China Lite? I'm not sure, but I think it's much closer to the life for the majority of Chinese than the hustle and bustle of Beijing or Shanghai.

Chris, thanks so much for heads up. The campaign is indeed a worthwhile one. Kunming faces a traffic and infrasturcture problem of monumental proportions. The existing road system is not adequately maintained and is already over capacity. One can only wonder what it will be like 365 days from now when there are another 146,000 cars on the road.

On another note, I'm sure that private auto restriction for next Saturday will not be in effect for the "white license plate goon squads" who manage to break every traffic law with impunity.

The Jatropha plant is not of African origin. I haven't an opinion about the remainder of the note, but one should get basic facts right (and vapours??)

amazing how even the biofuels movement is completely fragmented, pitting methods and crops against each other in an enormous lose-lose debate.

in honor of the total futility of fighting over how to address global warming, i'm going to hold my rant on this issue. the only person i know doing anything really profound at the moment is colin. any gokunming coverage of his fossil fuel boycott plannned?

It is ridiculous that the palm oil lobby criticizes Jatropha Curcas : everybody involved in biofuels knows that it is toxic and not suitable for human consumption. Only children having eaten the nuts have become ill of it.
Jatropha Curcas biofuel offers the advantage of growing on degraded and dry soils not suitable for agriculture and is - unlike biofuel based on palm oil - not in competition with the food security of human beings.
It somebody has degraded land in an area without frost and wants to try a pilote Jatropha plantation please contact me and as representative of Terracottem soil conditioner I will inform you how you can stimulate the survival and the growth rate of the young Jatropha seedlings in difficult soils.
www.terracottem.com
[email protected]

Karen, there are several things that anyone can do to simply reduce the amount of fossil fuels we need. I have attempted to associate a relative cost with each item, and the net effect on your money.

1) $(save) For "A/C" in the summer, open the windows at night and close them during the day

2) $(a little more) buy recycled products if you can find them- support recycling;

3) $(same, better quality) buy local products & produce (www.localharvest.org)- if they are not transported, that saves gasoline and also supports the local producer. Also, for grass-fed, local meat (the way it is supposed to be done), try Eat Wild (www.eatwild.com/products/index.html);

4) $(free) composting turns garbage into fertilizer and prevents formation of methane, which is 23 times worse than carbon dioxide in terms of climate effect;

5) $(save) Unplug all adapters and turn off anything that is on 'Standby'- use powerstrips with a switch for multiple plugs, if needed;

6) $(20, save) use a rake instead of a leaf blower: they are quieter and provide exercise too;

7) $(20, save) use a clothesline (www.laundrylist.org) instead of the dryer- many benefits: cleaner clothes, clothes last longer, don't get wrinkled, and each load saves 5 kWh off of your electric bill;

8) $(40, save) replace incandescents with CFLs- saves on A/C costs in summer too;

9) $(80, save) use a REEL lawnmower, which you push to cut the grass and requires no gasoline;

10) $(280/ton, even) if you have a wood burning stove, try biobricks (www.biopellet.net) - pellets for a wood burning stove- these burn more cleanly with less ash and are easy to start (available in New England and NY) ;

11) $(2.45/Gal, a little more) try to use biodiesel (www.biodiesel.org/buyingbiodiesel/retailfuelingsites/) for your furnace/boiler/car;

12) $(same as 2006 electric rate- locked, save) rent a solar-electric system (www.NewEnglandSun.com) for your home if you cannot buy a system;

13) $(4000, save) get a solar hot water heater (www.eere.energy.gov/[...] fastest payback of all renewables;

14) $(10,000, save) replace drafty windows, if you can. If you cannot, use plastic ($10) or close the curtains at night ($0) during the winter; and

15) $(15,000, save) trade in the SUV for a car or even a hybrid vehicle, if you need a car- buy used to save money.

Start out with something small and try bigger items as you feel more and more comfortable with these changes.

There are many possibilities, and they may seem overwhelming. Some ideas are more effective than others: #1 will work if your house is shaded.... but it depends on what you are willing to do. Start with the smaller items, and as you see how it works for you, move to larger items. My family has done all of it (#3 is happening now, and the veggies are much fresher, #11 will happen when I can find some in my area, and #12 starts in 2008). In doing all of these things, our electric bill is only 200-400 kWh/month, and our carbon footprint is less than half of the average American's use.

i think we need to stop global warming, because us "the kids' right now are going to be dealing with it when we are 70 years old!!! LETS DO SOMETHING FOR OUR WROLD!!!!!!

went along to see the exhibition this afternoon - not the most amazing photos - but the Thai/China cultural exchange angle is interesting, and if you're passing by, you might as well drop in - it's free :)

all my favorite chinese places in beijing have been raising prices. many have done it by printing out a long strip of new prices and taping them over ethe old ones -- an amazing visual tribute to inflation.