World watch – Friday

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  1. sorethumb

     /  May 4, 2018

    No wheels, no deal

    Among Chinese men generally, a common response to the shortage of women is for prospective grooms to buy an apartment and car before marriage—a sort of reverse dowry. One survey found that three-quarters of young women in big cities took this into account before accepting a man’s offer. Alas for migrant swains, they cannot afford such a bride price, especially in expensive cities such as Beijing and Guangzhou. It is usually difficult for people without a city’s hukou to buy government-subsidised housing there. Young migrants are therefore at a threefold disadvantage. There are fewer women of marriageable age. Those who come from their own background tend to marry richer rivals. And the men cannot compete in the marriage market by buying property.

    • admiralvonspee

       /  May 4, 2018

      The new energy plan would cement coal’s central role. Endorsed on 26 March by an METI advisory council, and likely to be adopted by the Cabinet later this year, it calls for nuclear plants to be restarted, boosting their share of electricity generation to between 20% and 22% by 2030. Renewable energy’s share would rise slightly, to between 22% and 24%, with solar energy alone accounting for 7%. But fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—would provide 56%.

      That reliance on coal will make it difficult for Japan to fulfill its pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26% below 2013 levels by 2030, and by 80% by 2050. Those cuts will be even harder to achieve if now-shuttered nuclear power plants aren’t restarted.

      Japan has fired up at least eight new coal power plants in the past 2 years and has plans for an additional 36 over the next decade.

      Erm, did they not get the memo or are we in New Zealand simply climate hysteria sheep?


    • admiralvonspee

       /  May 4, 2018

      Apologies was supposed to be a standalone comment, hey ho.