China’s Environmental Problems

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Unformatted text preview: China’s Environmental Problems http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t77bLtIck2g Economic vs. environment debate Trade/foreign investment argument- good or bad? Population problems Basically, today’s problems are seen as stemming from change in capitalism and growth of population Set-up: Why Such a Problem? Economy’s main argument: China’s environmental policies and problems influenced by much more than just today’s situations (economic, population, etc) § Cultural, political, historical concerns as well The Entire Explanation? Confucianism, Taoism, Legalism, and Buddhism all place respect on power of nature to shape human prospects § BUT Confucian belief in man’s ability to shape nature to fulfill his needs which predominates in Chinese history Exploitation of natural resources for resources to go to war and for economic development Long history of overgrazing, overplanting, etc. to try to support China’s large population Lack of Conservation Mentality/Long Term Population Problems...
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course POL 223 taught by Professor Aldrich during the Fall '10 term at Purdue.

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