Ce papier est écrit par deux environnementalistes chinois. Il décrit les effets dévastateurs des 25 dernières années de développement rapide sur la Chine. Juste un élément afin d’illustrer cette croissance: en 2006, la Chine a exportée 6.97 milliard de paires de souliers!
China has seen rapid economic growth since the start of the reform era in 1979. Annual GDP growth averaged 9.6% between 1979 and 2004. In 2004, GDP growth reached 10.1%, an achievement that attracted global attention. Over this period the population has grown sharply; huge quantities of resources have been consumed; environmental pollution has worsened; ecosystems have been wrecked; and vast areas of land have been lost.
Le Worldwatch institute affirme que:
Pan notes that China faces a deteriorating environmental situation, with about 400 million citizens under threat from serious air pollution, and 15 million burdened with respiratory disease as a result. According to cancer experts, 70 percent of the 2 million deaths from cancer each year in China are linked to environmental pollution.