Nick Mathiason: Can the world live with China?

From The Observer:

Can the planet’s environment survive turbocharged economic growth from China?

Last week, the might of the world’s most populous nation came into sharp focus. China officially overtook the United States as the world’s biggest consumer of agricultural and industrial goods. Meanwhile, its economy – on a steep upward curve for 20 years – surged by 9.5 per cent last year. With compelling evidence that climate change is accelerating, there is growing concern that fast-emerging nations will place an unsustainable burden on the earth’s already fragile resources.

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