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China's Population and Economy Are a Double Whammy for the World

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China's 'one-child' policy has slowed population growth and brought prosperity -- but it couldn't avert massive damage to the environment.

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Past Member (0)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 4:29 am
Thanks, noted.

Teresa W (782)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 6:17 am

pam w (139)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 5:32 pm
We can say all we like about the Chinese....but we all owe them an ENORMOUS "thank you" for their "one child" policy.

Now....who's next? Anyone who doesn't think it WILL come to this isn't paying attention.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 6:42 pm
Interesting article......I commend China on trying to reduce their population, as well as their reforestation program to help combat smog. It is sad to see many cultures dying as they adopt America practices of fast-food eating, media and consumerism. I never really understood why people/kids have to wear “labels” and designer clothes…Do we not want to be individuals? However, it is my opinion WE can ALL adopt more ways to cut back on consumerism in this "throw-away" society to help the environment.

James K (106)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 6:56 pm
Interesting read.

Monica D (580)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 8:13 pm
We humans need to restrain our numbers and demands on nature. The fundamental problem, I think, is the economic system's reliance on endless growth. I think that the economy needs changes to make it operate sustainably. I like many of the ideas of CASSE at to achieve this, and I encourage everyone to consider signing the position statement at that site.

Monica D (580)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 8:16 pm
I have flagged two spammers above.

Marie W (67)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 11:01 pm
I've been in China. Their ecology is dead. Most people never look beyond the cities- go to country and see the dread fate that awaits us if we follow that path.

Robert O (12)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 12:54 am
Thanks Cal.

JL A (281)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 8:03 am
the US should take note of the damage development causes to foster less intrusive and damaging ways to provide community housing with better planning

. (0)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 10:26 am
What an intense article. It's a land of contradictions, false promises, and often out and out lies. They look to the 21st Century, yet, the older generation relies on ancient, bizarre medicines - hense the importing of tusks, and tigers.
The government has little regard for its people; whether its nuclear plants, coal plants, or even having any degree of safety for those who work in the mines. Health care is for the very rich; the poor, suffer. Thousands a day die of lung cancer.
When you live in a land of over a billion people, real reform is only a dream

David C (133)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 12:24 pm
good read, I give them kudos for at least addressing population (over population) as a society....many contradictions and paradoxes from this country.....impressive literacy rate

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 2:13 pm
With all the Chinese getting to the age of being parents they want everything they see others wanting, just in much bigger numbers. Without a government that is responsible and a people who are so eager to gain what they see the rest of the world having, the planet is set for an onslaught of environmental problems. The good Chinese people want what we all want, if we show them responsibility towards ecology, they will see as they have seen what we all did up to now. Is there time for us all to be better?

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 2:58 pm
Thanks Cal--beaut post.

reft h (66)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 3:26 pm
thanks for the article

Dietrich S (52)
Monday July 30, 2012, 12:45 am
It makes hope that the essential topic of overpopulation is on the way to get the attention it deserves. Let us go on to resist the greedy propagandists of growth and the bigoted followers of popes of all sorts who fight fervently the necessary planned parenthood.

Monday July 30, 2012, 3:02 am
China should be a lesson the rest of the world. The damage to their flora and fauna and their habitats as well as the widespread pollution and resource over-exploitation was a fact long before the implementation of the "one child policy". This policy has certainly prevented the repeat of the widespread famines of the past but it was too late to save the environment. Similarly, the knock-on effects of our 7 billion world (let alone the projected 10 billion) population will reverberate for centuries even if we were to put on the population breaks today.

anne Barusta (0)
Monday July 30, 2012, 8:43 am
thank you, great video

berny p (22)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 3:22 am

We can say all we like about the Chinese....but we all owe them an ENORMOUS "thank you" for their "one child" policy.

Now....who's next? Anyone who doesn't think it WILL come to this isn't paying attention.


Lynn S (235)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 11:40 pm
China came to the development and consumerism party late but is trying to catch up. With the size of its population, this has created environmental problems, problems that the entire world must address. A statement I found interesting was a man commenting on the west's consumerism. In growing the west disregarded the environment which is largely true. But now, as long as you don't listen to the Republican/Teabaggers, we know what caused some of the environmental problems and are trying to address them. But China has taken the tack that it is their turn to consume, hang the consequences. China has done well with its one child policy and is making strides in reforestation which eventually help the environmrnt to some degree. But now it must address its foul pollution problem before it is too late. And standing in the way is its vast consuming population. And so it goes, around and around.
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