What should we do about China’s big carbon footprint? Many concerned scientists have remarked that the U.S. and Europe may restrict their own carbon emissions but the effects will be minimal until these same countries restrict imports from China. Exports create carbon emissions and pollution in China. There is a large carbon footprint due to international air travel that supports Chinese export trade and overseas investments.
China has no incentive to shut down its energy-using, pollution-generating industrial complex. They have a huge population and must find a way to employ them all.
On the one hand, it is easier for the international political powers to deal with China since it administers both the government and the Chinese corporations. On the other hand, as long as the country is dominated by an oppressive government, the people of China cannot affect a change from within. True democratic reforms are needed before a green movement can sprout.
Allison is a recent biomedical anthropologist with a keen interest in the environment and renewable energy research. Between her travels, she likes to blog about recent events and post on her blog, Musings of a Curious Mind.
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