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« All About New Technology | Main | Debating Nanotech Laws »

January 17, 2006


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Despite stuffups like those enormous dams, etc., I think China and India (particularly China) are really, really serious about resources and the environment. China wants to be a superpower and it knows that this depends on not blowing its natural capital ... and when the Chinese do something, boy do they do it! More importantly, developing countries aren't already committed to a wasteful, enviro-unfriendly infrastructure like Australia or America. They're much more flexible.


Unfortunately, they are also not so dependant on matters of environmental protection. A worker's life doesn't count much, China has a big desertification problem, and the recent series of river pollutions combined with Cold War obfuscation of the fact (which makes you wonder how often they have actually succeeded in obfuscating) shows they have a long way to go to be really environment-friendly. I believe though that this attitude might change, because the Chinese are pragmatic people. They will adapt to almost anything if it benefits them in the long run.

Phillip Huggan

I don't think you'll have to worry about any Chinese political instability.

China is big on nanotech funding lately. India is having trouble attracting people to its Bangalore tech-agglomeration because of very basic smog and traffic congestion problems. I agree with Matt, they are both motivated to be part of the solution in the long run. China's growing coal consumption is scary. We need nanoteched printable solar cells and hydrogen storage mechanisms sooner rather than later.

Chris Phoenix, CRN

Let's not forget that China is the country that did the Great Leap Forward just a few decades ago. Cut down vast numbers of trees to make steel in inefficient backyard furnaces.

Did they learn from this? Did they learn enough to overcome the system that made them do it in the first place?


Brian Wang

Question 4 answer near the top middle of this article I wrote discusses china and pollution

China will spend $30B each year on environmental protection and cleanup each year. include estimates of 6.4 million work years lost annually in China to air pollution

China arrests polluters

china is making hybrid cars

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