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Understanding China: Environmental

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on China.

At A Glance


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China is usually focused on economic growth, not the environment. But it's now turning its attention to green energy.

Kristie Lu Stout explores how China may reform environmental policy with Qi Ye of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy.


This section explores the environmental aspects in China.

Data scientist Angel Hsu describes how the most populous country on earth is creating a future based on alternative energy -- and facing up to the environmental catastrophe it created as it rapidly industrialized. China is the world's biggest polluter -- and now one of its largest producers of clean energy. Which way will China go in the future, and how will it affect the global environment?

Check out the multi-award winning, 'Green Pedestrian Crossing' campaign for the China Environmental Protection Fund.‚Äč


Correspondent John Sudworth travelled to China's most polluted city. For much of the past month, a huge swathe of northern China has been shrouded in a thick layer of toxic smog. Pollution has reached such high levels that Beijing's met office this week issued a warning against venturing out into the snow because of fears it's dangerously contaminated.

William Denselow reports from Zhengzhou. China is promising to be a world leader on protecting the environment, despite facing major challenges at home. The government in Beijing is funding clean technologies such as electric vehicles and solar panels. But despite its investment, China continues to battle poor air and water quality, as one of the world's most polluted nations.

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