China's Pollution, Alternative Energy, and the Financial Crisis

China has developed a reputation as one of the world’s leading producers of the pollutants which contribute to Global Warming.

It is also a leading producer of manufactured goods which are exported to North and South America, Europe, and Africa, and the factories which produce these goods are not the most eco-friendly on Earth.

Rapid development of industry in southern China over the past thirty years has resulted in the emergence of hundreds of thousands of factories.

The air pollution in China was rated at “high” for 70% of the time, earlier this year.  A “high” rating means that long-term exposure can damage health.

Hong Kong’s skyline has become notoriously shrouded in pollution, to the point that tourists are complaining as they can’t get a good photograph.  Hong Kong’s pollution is apparently locally produced.

Chinese government officials recently reported that they would be taking measures to address this issue, and implement green energy solutions, such as solar power, wind power, and even energy produced by combusting waste matter.

Officials have said they would be tightening control and anti-pollution regulations.  Hong Kong and China agreed to spend 12 million to clean up industry over the next give years.  Some said they will meet green emission targets within the next two years.

The Eco-Expo Asia, is a leading international trade fair in Hong Kong, centered around the environmental protection industry.  The fair showcases the latest solutions, innovations, products and services in the environmental industry. Eco Expo Asia 2008 took place in late October.

The Financial Crisis, China, and Alternative Energy

The Financial crisis has had a heavy impact on China.  As the West is buying less, the Chinese are selling less, and this puts a heavy strain on factories and on Chinese jobs.

According to the Washington Post China appears to be pulling back from its aims environmental protection.  It creates more toxic waste than the United States, it has created black clouds that can be seen from thousands of miles away, and it has poisoned its rivers with everything from red die, to arsenic, to acid.

The Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, had promised to shift its economies dependence on environmentally harmful factories and industries.  But with the current economic situation, and the amount of money that would be required in order to mend China’s polluting habits.  Making a significant change also meant enforcing environmental regulations and closing companies down which didn’t meet them, leaving millions of workers without jobs.

At the same time, the news in the West indicates that Alternative Energy could become part of the solution to our economy.  The field of solar energy has one of the fastest growing job markets, with new jobs in solar installations and other alternative energy related jobs opening up every day.

No doubt, China could do the same.  The transition will be tricky because they’ve mired themselves so far into the mud – and an unhealthy mud, at that.

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5 Responses to “China's Pollution, Alternative Energy, and the Financial Crisis”

  1. latif
    December 25, 2008 at 4:39 pm #

    Every crisis has opportunity if its taken as positively. The energy crises may produce millions of jobs if alternative energy sources are developed like solar solutions or other innovations. The new US govt is aiming at investing & researching in this area.

  2. Anna
    December 27, 2008 at 7:44 pm #

    You are absolutely right. The “energy crisis” could become part of the solution for the financial crisis, as the alternative energy and solar power industries expand. These are already providing jobs and new opportunities for entrepreneurs. It’s an expanding field.

  3. admin
    June 14, 2009 at 12:23 am #

    The energy crises may produce millions of jobs if alternative energy sources are developed like solar solutions or other innovations.

  4. Ricky
    June 16, 2009 at 6:02 am #

    I have read your previous post about solared powered stadium in Taiwan. They could do the same thing but this time in a bigger scope. Solar energy can be a good solution to energy crisis at the same if the implement this kind of project they could also resolved their unemployment somehow. There’s a lot of opportunities in this area.

  5. jim caputo
    February 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    A corrupt government which takes bribes and looks the other way cannot survive. Widespread corruption in a system that is communist controlled dominates any effort to transform China into a worldclass country of dignity and compassion for its citizenry. China faces grave danger of enormous pollution beyond imagination if it’s government remains.

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