Myth #1 – “China isn’t doing anything to combat climate change”
Reality: China is not complacent.
There is no doubt that China faces challenges related to population growth and coal production, but the country’s leadership is taking steps to soften its impact on the environment. It is also worth noting that while China is the world’s largest total carbon emitter, it is far behind both the US and the European Union (EU) when it comes to per capita emissions.
The explosion of growth in China has lifted hundreds of millions out of extreme poverty and has taken the country from one of the world’s poorest to the second richest in a mere thirty years. Undoubtedly this has impacted the environment. However China has begun to think of growth in terms of creating an “ecological civilization.”
To illustrate this point: China is by far the biggest investor in renewable technologies. It invested over $65 billion in renewable technology in 2012, which is more than double US investment levels
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