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Impacts of China`s Economic Growth on Environmental and Social Issues

A chronological analysis of China's growth and its impacts on environmental and social issues

Forschungsarbeit 2009 6 Seiten

Politik - Internationale Politik - Region: Ferner Osten

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1. Introduction

When considering the historical background of China`s economic growth, trade-off between environmental protection and sustaining economic growth. Both the opening of free ports during 1978 industrialization process and the impact of 1997 Asian crisis, encouraged the heavy industry and urbanization. “Grow first, clean up later” approach have brought China into a vicious circle: Growth vs. Environmental Damage.

To be able measure the value of environmental loss exactly is almost impossible. The positive impacts of growth should be isolated to calculate the actual loss.

2. Status Quo

China increased its energy consumption at a huge amount by 70% from the year of 2000 to 2005, and became the 2nd biggest energy consumer in the world1. Coal consumption, which provides 68% of China`s energy2, almost doubled from the year of 2002 to 2009 (See Figure 1).

Figure 1: Chinese coal consumption compared with the rest of the world

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Source: The Oil Drum: Europe, 2009

China produces as much coal as it consumes (See Figure 2). The country is not dependent on the imports; nevertheless, it should look for new solutions based on different energy sources so as to decrease the deteriorating effects of the air pollution.

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1, 2, 3 World Bank, 2008

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Seiten
6
Jahr
2009
ISBN (eBook)
9783640741984
Dateigröße
920 KB
Sprache
Englisch
Katalognummer
v158714
Institution / Hochschule
Fachhochschule Gießen-Friedberg; Standort Gießen
Note
1,7
Schlagworte
China Pollution Economic Growth Impacts Effects Environment Social

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Titel: Impacts of China`s Economic Growth on Environmental and Social Issues