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Op Rana

Op Rana is a senior editor with China Daily’s opinion department. He has a particular focus on international politics and environmental protection.

Vanishing glaciers reveal the truth

[2011-04-11 08:03]

For almost a month now, the world has been besieged with news of the ongoing consequences of the natural disasters in Japan and the man-made crisis in Libya. They deserve our attention, for they will have far-reaching repercussions. But there is something that has not received the attention it deserves.

Duplicity repeats itself in Libya

[2011-03-26 07:31]

What did you learn in school today / Dear little boy of mine? / I learned that war is not so bad / I learned of the great ones we have had / We fought in Germany and in France / And some day I might get my chance / That's what I learned in school today / That's what I learned in school.

It's time humans heeded nature's warning

[2011-03-19 07:45]

Nature has time and again reminded humans of their vulnerability and fragile existence, and the physically insignificant place they occupy in the order of things natural. But we turn the blind eye to nature's warnings.

Much ado about nothing but fantasy

[2011-02-26 07:21]

Here comes the latest on China and India. This one's from American financial services company Citi. It says India, thanks to its robust growth, is expected to surpass China - and the United States - by 2050 to become the largest economy in the world. Of course, China is expected to overtake the US to become the largest economy by 2020.

Soil needs its friend the worm

[2011-01-15 07:45]

Even a worm will turn. In fact, it had been turning for millions of years before the Bard of Avon recognized it.

Chronicle of the coming year foretold

[2011-01-01 07:49]

The year to which we bid goodbye just hours ago will be remembered for more things bad than good. But let those of us who look forward to the proverbial silver lining in the dark clouds of last year to herald a more rosy beginning to the new be forewarned.

Capital game in climate deal

[2010-12-17 07:59]

The patchwork deal reached at the climate change conference at the Mayan Riviera of Cancun in Mexico saved the UN negotiating process from collapsing rather than agreeing to take measures to keep the Earth from boiling out of control.

Changing climate of climate change meet

[2010-11-27 08:03]

The world media will be focused on Cancun, Mexico, from Nov 29 to Dec 10. It is that time of the year when most of the world leaders appear worried about the fate of planet Earth, while during the rest of the 50 weeks it is mostly business as usual. Not that business as usual ceases for the two weeks.

Will we see unity over biodiversity?

[2010-11-06 07:05]

Asia's economy is the fastest growing in the world. It has led (and is still leading) the world economic recovery. These are undeniable facts.

Will the world achieve food security?

[2010-09-25 07:57]

The world has to increase food production by 50 percent by 2030 and double it by 2050 to meet future demand. This seems to be the consensus among economists, scientists, politicians and representatives of the agricultural industry. But does the world really have to do so?

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop

[2010-08-20 06:10]

Asia is home to the half the world's population yet it has the least volume of freshwater of any other continent, except Antarctica if we discount its ice sheets.

Accept facts and give the world a break

[2010-08-07 07:25]

Last week, a British Met Office report presented unmistakable evidences of global warming. The report was prepared by the British Met Office and its US equivalent, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It provides the "greatest evidence we have ever had" that the world is warming.

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