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ALTITUDE SICKNESS & TIBETAN GENETICS

Among the many reasons China has failed to colonise the Tibetan Plateau, none is more foundational than Han shortness of breath when lowlanders ascend to Tibetan heights. Over many centuries of Han expansion, China has developed many methods for peopling … Continue reading

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GLACIER MELT IS GOOD FOR CHINA BUSINESS

CLIMATE CHANGE IN TIBET: ALL GOOD? You may have heard rumours that the climate of Tibet is warming remarkably fast, and this is dangerous. China’s official media, however, assure us that climate change in Tibet is all good, even that … Continue reading

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INVENTING THE GREEN IRON RICE BOWL

TIBETAN EMPLOYMENT IN NATIONAL PARKS ཡུལ་དང་དུས་ཀྱི་རྣམ་འགྱུར་ལ་བརྟེན་ནས། བོད་ལ་ལས་དང་མ་རྩའི་དོན་ལ་བརྟག་པ༎ Blog one of three on the fate of Tibetan nomads, frogs, green iron rice bowls and highland clearances  (This blog is an expanded version of a presentation by Gabriel Lafitte to the Paris … Continue reading

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FATE OF THE NOMADS: neither sheep nor goat, deer nor horse, cow nor donkey

Blog two of three on Tibetan nomads, frogs, green iron rice bowls and highland clearances CAN NOMADS, WILDLIFE AND YAKS STILL COEXIST SUSTAINABLY? China’s program of steadily depopulating rural Tibet, especially in the upper watersheds of the Yellow, Yangtze and … Continue reading

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IRON RICE BOWLS AND RADICAL UNCERTAINTY

Blog three of three on Tibetan nomads, frogs, green iron rice bowls and highland clearances INSECURITY AS THE MODE OF HUMAN EXISTENCE Pastoralism worldwide is confined to drylands, which receive enough rain for grass to grow, but not forests. The … Continue reading

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CHINA & GLOBAL WILDLIFE CRISIS

BIODIVERSITY, ETHNIC DIVERSITY: CAN YOU HAVE BOTH? A new urgency about effective action on climate change is evident wherever you look, from striking school children marching on city streets, to the endless torrent of scary warnings from panels of scientists. … Continue reading

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CAPTURING AND BRIDLING UNESCO

CRUNCH TIME FOR TIBET’S DRI CHU RIVER:  a blog about UNESCO’s inability to hold China accountable for endangering World Heritage Will UNESCO be the first major agency of the United Nations to fall to Chinese money, patronage, soft power projection … Continue reading

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POTALESQUE

When China’s first railway line into Tibet opened in 2006, Tibetans outside Tibet, and their supporters, condemned it, for many reasons. It would only intensify Han Chinese emigration to Tibet, they warned, would disrupt migratory wild animals seeking safe, wolf-free … Continue reading

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RUKOR SUMMER SCHOOL

ANNOUNCEMENT: RUKOR SUMMER SCHOOL Skills training for Tibetans and their friends in Europe, in researching and analysing China’s plans for Tibet. Have you wondered how the Rukor blog obtains information and assesses China’s plans to transform Tibet? How does Rukor … Continue reading

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TIGER LEAPING, CONCRETE DAMMING

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE THREE PARALLEL RIVERS PROTECTED AREA UNDER THREAT Blog one of three This 2019 moment uncannily echoes 2004, when Chinese environmentalists and an investigative newspaper revealed Tiger Leaping Gorge, on the southeastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, was … Continue reading

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