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Sunday, December 14, 2008

The environmental impact of a raging Big Red Machine

Overgrowth, and overly exerted, these are the current trends of the ever-so-thirsty industrial might of China. Unfortunately, the over razing of its farmlands, together with deforestation, water contamination, air pollution and over population, foretells an impending disaster brewing slowly in the background, one that would eventually unleash hell to the inhabitants of the "Middle Kingdom." Let's just hope the Chinese government can slowly adjust and compromise for the better, and not let the overwhelming growth and hollow capitalism stifle the souls of its next generations.

I strongly believe China do have a chance to be better, to alleviate its environmental disasters, looming social crisis, and to overcome the corruption entwined in a one-party system, if it is willing. Although being scrutinized from all international fronts, China has the privilege to witness what other industrial mights can't - the consequence of an industrial society and its impact on land, air and sea. These are what other powers, e.g., Great Britain, USA and European Union, can never dream of, let along relive in. China, on the other hand, has the full knowledge of the consequences and can alter its course if needs be, and that is why it should not disregard the experience of others, but learn from their mistakes and improve upon them.

Here, I list below a series of major articles from the New York Times on the environmental impacts and tolls of a booming China. Enjoy!
Part I: The Overview
Part II: China's Water Crisis
Part III: The Activist
Part IV: Three Gorges Dam
Part V: Energy Rules
Part VI: Wildlife Threatened
Part VII: Polluting Trucks
Part VIII: Farming Fish
Part IX: Two Steel Towns
Part X: A Green Olympics?
Of course, these are one-year-old articles, but most of what they said are still very true and will likely be current until China starts cleaning up its acts. :)

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