The Newsletter 50 Spring 2009

Developing fears: environmental conflicts and pollution accidents in China

Yu HouTian-zhu Zhang

With the growth of environmental awareness, it is becoming common to consider harmony between human beings and the environment as a major goal of human progress. Rapid economic development can without doubt enhance people’s quality of life. The challenge, though, is to develop in a manner sympathetic to existing environments. Two cases of environmental accidents in China highlight the mismatch between these two needs and the increasing reality of environmental conflicts.

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