Summary of The East Is Grey

China and the Environment

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A dangerous byproduct of China’s growing economy and industrialization, severe pollution threatens the world.


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Over the past few decades, China has emerged as a formidable and growing economic powerhouse. But rampant air and water pollution are unfortunate by-products of increased industrialization and consumerism. Greater uses of alternative energy and stricter government regulations are taking hold, albeit slowly, but China’s – as well as the rest of the world’s – ecological future remains uncertain. getAbstract recommends this revealing report to business executives, policy makers and environmentalists with an eye on China’s growing threat to the global environment.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How growing pollution threatens China,
  • What impact China’s environmental issues have on the rest of the world
  • What steps the Chinese government is taking to head off ecological catastrophe.


Photos of Chinese citizens walking the smog-filled streets of Beijing with surgical masks over their faces have become common. In January 2013, during one of Beijing’s worst pollution episodes, the region’s 200 coal-fired power plants and five million automobiles produced so much smog that the air had...
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