Case Study: Environmental and health consequences of China's economic growth

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  • Environmental and health consequences of China's economic growth
    • History of development
      • China's economy started growing due to economic reforms and trade liberalisation
      • By 2010, 8% of the world's wealth was in China
      • China is now the world's largest economy in terms of purchasing power
    • Health/ inequality consequences
      • East to west divide - east is wealthier, mostly because it is coastal
      • Only 1% of the urban population breathes clean air
      • Around 300,000 in China die each year due to air pollution
    • Environmental consequences
      • 16 out of the world's 25 most polluted cities are in China
      • China is the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide
      • Waste from factories and farms are dumped in rivers

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