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1/28/11: China and the Environment

Image by Gustavo Madico/Creative Commons via flickr
Image by Gustavo Madico/Creative Commons via flickr

By Jennifer Napier-Pearce

Salt Lake City, Utah – When Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the U.S. last week, the talks focused on increased cooperation and economic growth. But one issue was largely left off the diplomatic agenda: the environmental costs of China's rise. In recent years, China has experienced the most rapid development surge in human history and emerged as an economic heavy-weight. But the consequences -- industrial pollution, depleted water supplies, and disappearing forests and glaciers -- affect not only the Chinese but the rest of the world as well. On Friday, journalist Jonathan Watts joins guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about China's and the environment.

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