Pollution

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NYT: China - Choking on Growth Part III

Author: Joseph Kahn

This powerful multimedia on pollution in Lake Tai, accompanying a compelling article written by Joseph Kahn, is a part of the New York Times special series examining China's environmental issues.

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Foreign Affairs Article

The Great Leap Backward?

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy

China's environmental woes are mounting, and the country is fast becoming one of the leading polluters in the world. The situation continues to deteriorate because even when Beijing sets ambitious targets to protect the environment, local officials generally ignore them, preferring to concentrate on further advancing economic growth. Really improving the environment in China will require revolutionary bottom-up political and economic reforms.

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Book

The River Runs Black

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy

Selected by the Globalist as one of the top ten books of 2004, The River Runs Black is the most comprehensive and balanced volume to date on China's growing environmental crisis and its implications for the country's development.

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Teaching Note

The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy

Selected by The Globalist as one of the top ten books of 2004, The River Runs Black is the most comprehensive and balanced volume to date on China's growing environmental crisis and its implications for the country's development. Based on historical research, case studies, and interviews with officials, scholars, and activists in China, this book provides insightful analysis of the economic and political roots of China's environmental challenge as well as the evolution of the leadership's response.

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