Diamond should have focused more on current issues

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time ago. Diamond should have focused more on current issues that will affect China in the future as opposed to an issue that is no longer a factor. While it was worth bringing up that deforestation was a problem, that is a thing of the past and he should have discussed other issues more in depth like the three major projects and their effect on the environment and economy. There is really only a paragraph on the three major projects of the Three Gorges Dam of the Yangtze River, the South-to-North Water Diversion Project, and the development of western China. The first two projects alone cost close to $90 billion and the development of western China is supposed to be the biggest project of the three. Also, the Three Gorges Dam took 16 years, while the South-to-North Water Diversion Project is projected to take 48 years. Jared Diamond did an inadequate job of addressing these projects and the potential damage and benefits they provide to the environment. The three major projects was not the only issue that Diamond did not seem to describe as much depth as he should have. By now, almost everyone knows that China is the largest population in the world and has implemented a one-child policy to try to control the population growth. What many people do not know is that the size of the average household has decreased from 4.5 people to 3.5 people and is projected to drop even lower to 2.7 people by 2015. At this point in time, China already has 80 million more households than they should have and they will add another 126 million by 2015. 126 million households is more than there are in the United States and China is going to add that number to their current number of households. These numbers are very concerning and all Diamond said was that the human impact on the environment is increasing, while the population is decreasing. He should have taken more time
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to actually talk about the impact that these numbers have rather than just throw stats at the reader and talk about them for a couple sentences then move on to the next topic. Diamond brings up
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