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Astonishing Statistics – China

May 20, 2008
  • China’s levels of pollution is reckoned to cost the country approximately $200billion a year or 10% of its annual GDP. It’s estimated that 30,000 people a year die as a result of air pollution
  • every six days, China commissions a new coal burning power plant. Just one of these plants recently commissioned in Inner Mongolia burns 40,000 tons of coal A DAY
  • each year it adds the equivalent of Britain’s entire energy network to its grid
  • feeding China’s massive population is not cheap. Each year intensive agriculture techniques results in up to five billion tons of topsoil being eroded or washed away while in the same period the country loses around one million acres of grassland to desertification
  • China feeds a fifth of the world’s population with only 7% of the world’s fresh water, much of it polluted
  • China will have a middle class of 700 million people by 2020. But for this to happen the resource use and environmental impacts of the entire human race would have to double – in just 12 years

Thing is…they are modelling this quest for security and prosperity on us, in the West. Yet we lecture them to do as we say and not as we do.

source: article in the Irish Times on May 15 by John Gibbons of climatechange.ie and the blog thinkorswim.ie

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