CKGSB Knowledge - China Business and Economy

GREEN CHINA

For years, China topped the world’s worst environmental rankings, but it is now leading the way towards a greener and more sustainable future

In the winter of 2013, most of northern and eastern China was blanketed in a deadly smog, with Beijing’s Air Quality Index (AQI) reaching as high as 993 in mid-January of that year. New York around the same time had an AQI of 19. Slow moving air streams carrying toxic industrial discharge blackened landscapes and choked residents in the biggest cities. It was a pollution event so bad that it was dubbed the “Airpocalypse.”

Since then, China’s leaders have been on a cleanup mission, introducing initiatives to improve air, soil and water quality, incentivizing the use of green technology, investing heavily in renewable energy and introducing green financial systems such as the world’s largest carbon trading scheme. In terms of air pollution in particular, the effect has been remarkable. The skies cities like Beijing and Hangzhou have shed much of their grayscale.

As the United States under President Trump seems to retreat from the global climate battle, China’s leader Xi Jinping has instead doubled down on China’s commitment to the Paris Agreement emission targets. Xi promised, in a joint statement with France

Вы читаете отрывок, зарегистрируйтесь, чтобы читать полное издание.

Другое от: CKGSB Knowledge - China Business and Economy

CKGSB Knowledge - China Business and Economy3 мин. чтенияPolitics
Understanding Modern Chinese Society
Tracey Willard has lived in Shanghai for the past 10 years and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Asiatic Society China Journal, which provides a forum for discussion of culture, history and current affairs concerning Asia and especially China. She
CKGSB Knowledge - China Business and Economy9 мин. чтенияTech
The Future of Machine Learning
AI and the “deep learning” revolution have brought us autonomous vehicles, greatly improved online translation, fluent conversations with bots such as Siri and Alexa, and enormous profits from automated trading on global stock exchanges. Deep learnin
CKGSB Knowledge - China Business and Economy8 мин. чтенияPolitics
Going Global
China’s national sportswear champion, Anta, has set its sights on becoming the country’s new market leader. Will it be able to knock out the likes of Nike and Adidas to reach its goal? Anta, the leading Chinese sportswear brand, is determined to mak