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Does China Care About Climate Change?

By Matthew Walsh / Aug 14, 2019 12:37 PM / Environment

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

It’s perhaps the greatest threat to humanity’s survival in the 21st century, one that’s galvanizing resurgent environmental movements across the West.

But in China, public concern about the climate crisis seems comparatively thin on the ground.

Now, an ambitious new study sets out to answer the question: How much do Chinese people actually care about global warming and climate change?

The paper, published Thursday in the British peer-reviewed journal The China Quarterly, concludes that the Chinese public generally worries less about the climate crisis than other countries do.

It also paints a complex picture of the level of environmental concern in the country, one riven by regional, age, and gender disparities.

Read the full story on Caixin Global later today.

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