China’s Economic Growth Vs. China’s Environment

Sunday, May 11, 2008 8:47
Posted in category The Big Picture

Under normal circumstances, I would post an environmentally related post like this only on Crossroads, but this is no normal post.

For regular readers, you will know that one of the things that I follow closely, and one of the things that I worry about more frequently, is sustainability of resources in China… particularly water (see previous posts: China is RUNNING OUT OF WATER, People May Think I am Overreacting, Why China’s Recent Drought Matters to YOU, Water: What if, What Else, & What are the Odds)

Recently, PBS has been running a series called China from the Inside that covers a range of topics focused on hot button or social issues, and this week’s episode – Shifting Nature – the focus is on the impact of China’s growth on its environment.

If I could somehow enforce a requirement for every reader to watch it I would (especially given algae blooms are already showing in three of China’s largest lakes). It is simply one of the best journalistic pieces I have seen on the topic, and the access that this team got is simply amazing.

Split into 6 clips (I posted the 1st on main site, and last 5 after the break) of about 8-9 minutes each, so give yourself some time to watch this at one go…

Part 1:

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Part 2:

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Part 3:

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Part 6:

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One Response to “China’s Economic Growth Vs. China’s Environment”

  1. Levin says:

    May 11th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    I am quite sure the Chinese economy will continue to grow at a fast pace, and the environment in China will continue to deteriorate at a fast pace too. China is essentially using up its environmental treasures and turn them into money, with huge investment of human beings. The question is, what will happen when Chinese environmental and human capital are exhausted, when there is not enough healthy farmland and water to produce enough food for Chinese ? Will they copy the example of Japan in the 1920’s and 30’s, and start invading ? China is already buying up farmland from other countries. What will happen if these countries refuse to sell, will China resort to arms ?