Jul 06, 2012 12:53 PM

Fighting the Good Fight


Has the division of spoils from China's rapid economic growth become a one-sided affair? The answer to this question is less of an abstraction when it comes to the environment.

Waterways are barricaded by garbage, mountains are gouged with dusty pits and the air in many major cities, most of the time, is a brown acrid broth that bestows upon its inhabitants respiratory impairments for which the long-term effects have yet to be seen. Moreover, nothing about the current model of economic growth makes it easy to estimate the cost it will take for public health and ecosystems to recover.

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