Environmental degradation and pollution constrain economic growth, contribute to large-scale migration, harm public health, and engender social unrest. Moreover, there is the potential … for the environment to serve as a locus for broader political discontent and further political reforms.
China's Environmental Challenge
Elizabeth Economy, a senior fellow and director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future (Cornell University Press, 2004), from which this article is adapted.
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Elizabeth Economy; China's Environmental Challenge. Current History 1 September 2005; 104 (683): 278–283. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2005.104.683.278
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