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Can China take the lead on climate change?   [Copy link] 中文

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tailorsas Post time: 2017-6-6 08:46
I'm pretty sure "How could that be possible when China has the worst pollution?" is a common questio ...
or those who are not in China certainly have no clue of what our government has done to deal with this problem


What the Beijing government usually have done, is giving local governments some (often significant) funding to address environmental issues. Few years later they send another inspection team and find nothing done with that money (at least nothing towards the purpose it was intended). Then they purge some local officials and start over.

Some concrete results that happen though, is that in alarm the local officials decide to shut down some local businesses that were "illegally" started in undesignated areas - they had been running under the very eyes of those some officials for long time.

It may be that Beijing's intentions are good and not much they could do better politically, but there's just too much corruption, laziness and plain incompetence in local levels. Things just don't happen the way Beijing wants to happen.

Beijing can claim to international community that they spend billions annually to address environmental issues, but that money is very poorly managed and it does not achieve the same results it might achieve elsewhere. You cannot really compare China's 1 billion dollar to EU's 1 billion dollar in this aspect.

And I do live in China to see this.

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dusty1 Post time: 2017-6-5 13:27
China is the world's number one polluter it is an intresting question

The USA are the world's largest polluter if you include the contribution of their military. Even without the inclusion of their military the USA are a bigger polluter per capita.
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fatdragon Post time: 2017-6-6 11:56
The USA are the world's largest polluter if you include the contribution of their military. Even w ...

Grasping at straws it's still the  Chinese

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