Environmental challenges facing China

12-03-2010

China is facing a plethora of environmental challenges, most a result of rapid economic development, which is linked to heavy industrialisation. These challenges include air pollution, contamination and scarcity of water, desertification, and acid rain. The public lacks information on environmental hazards or contentious projects. Recognising many of these problems, Beijing has taken various measures since the mid-2000s, for instance on energy efficiency, renewable energy, pollution and water scarcity. However, many laws are not enforced at local and regional levels.

China is facing a plethora of environmental challenges, most a result of rapid economic development, which is linked to heavy industrialisation. These challenges include air pollution, contamination and scarcity of water, desertification, and acid rain. The public lacks information on environmental hazards or contentious projects. Recognising many of these problems, Beijing has taken various measures since the mid-2000s, for instance on energy efficiency, renewable energy, pollution and water scarcity. However, many laws are not enforced at local and regional levels.