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Can China be Rich and Green?

Graham Watson

13th September 2015

This is a light-hearted view of China's capacity to continue to grow given its environmental problems. But we should be careful when we apportion blame: we've gone through the same process during the Industrial Revolution, and, the Chinese are, in effect, producing these goods for us - so we've largely exported the environmental problems.

Additionally, environmental protection is a luxury good - and as China grows it will consume more of it, and the market will promote environmentally friendly methods of production too

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to Tutor2U, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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