China – impact on global environment ● Source : The Great Leap Backwards by Elizabeth C Economy ● Definition : China's environmental problems are mounting- water pollution, water scarcity etc etc ● They think the economic miracle will end soon because the environment can no longer keep pace. China's rapid development, often called an economic miracle has become an environmental disaster. ○ China’s environmental problems affect the rest of the world ● Example : Japan and south korea have long suffered from the acid rain produced by china’s coal fired power plants … ○ About 25% of the particulates in the atmosphere in LA originated in China ○ China dumps into its waters it is also polluting the rest of the world ○ Also the largest importer of illegally logged timber in the world ● In the view of china’s leaders, the environmental problem is a secondary problem. Their greatest concern is its indirect effects, the threat it poses to the continuation of the Chinese economic miracle and to public health, social
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