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China’s Environmental Crisis: Why Should We Care?


Grano, Simona Alba (2008). China’s Environmental Crisis: Why Should We Care? Working Papers in Contemporary Asian Studies 28, Lund University, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies.

Abstract

In this essay1 I address the main problems regarding Chinese environmental pollution and the failure, at least up until now, to enact a series of regulations able to solve or at least partially “revert” the current situation. Why, eventhough Chinese environmental laws have standards as high as those of their American counterparts, do they fail to curb these problems? My contention is that laws are present but not enforced; which is expecially true at the local level where economic growth is what matters the most. Aside from these problems, I argue that the rest of the world can not simply ignore China’s ecological disaster because, ultimately, the whole planet is affected by many of the devastating catastrophes originating in China making a situation that was previously thought of as “confined” within its borders, a global, “contagious” problem.

Abstract

In this essay1 I address the main problems regarding Chinese environmental pollution and the failure, at least up until now, to enact a series of regulations able to solve or at least partially “revert” the current situation. Why, eventhough Chinese environmental laws have standards as high as those of their American counterparts, do they fail to curb these problems? My contention is that laws are present but not enforced; which is expecially true at the local level where economic growth is what matters the most. Aside from these problems, I argue that the rest of the world can not simply ignore China’s ecological disaster because, ultimately, the whole planet is affected by many of the devastating catastrophes originating in China making a situation that was previously thought of as “confined” within its borders, a global, “contagious” problem.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
290 Other religions
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:23 Oct 2014 07:16
Last Modified:06 Apr 2017 20:18
Series Name:Working Papers in Contemporary Asian Studies
Number of Pages:35
ISSN:1652-4128
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www4.lu.se/images/Syd_och_sydostasienstudier/working_papers/albagrano_final.pdf

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