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"Rivers run black, deserts advance from the north, and smoky haze covers the country. Elizabeth C. Economy both provides a gripping account of a severely degraded environment and thoughtfully analyzes what could be China's most important challenge in the twenty-first century."Gordon G. Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China
"Elizabeth C. Economy captures extraordinarily well the complex historical, systemic, political, economic, and international forces that are shaping Chinas environmental outcomes. No other volume on this enormously important issue is as comprehensive, balanced, and incisive. True to her deep understanding of the crosscurrents of China's present environmental efforts, Economy is agnostic about which of three startlingly different futures will come to pass. Her book enables us to understand both the potential for each of these futures and the means to lessen the chances of environmental meltdown on the Chinese mainland."Kenneth Lieberthal, Professor of Political Science and Professor of International Business at the University of Michigan
"Elizabeth C. Economy has written a well-researched analysis of the environmental degradation that has occurred in China and its implications for the rest of the world. This book will provide critical guidance for the U.S. and other nations to pursue enlightened policies that will help the Chinese address our mutual environmental problems."Theodore Roosevelt IV, environmentalist and Chair of Strategies for the Global Environment
This was a great book with incredible statistics about how China is destroying not only their own environment, but that of the world. We all need to take notice.Published 21 months ago by kira
This book documents pollution issues in China that are identical to those in the USA. Their political obstacles to dealing with the public health problems caused by water and... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Delray Ned
This is the most systematic and complete overview of Chinese environmental problems, status, challenges and policies in the recent batch of books published in English on the... Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by I. Cuperstein
It was a really good, interesting read. Had to read it for class and it wasn't so bad, so I recommend it.Published on April 29, 2013 by Dylan
Although many may find the reading difficult, one should be able to read this book easily if they want to be knowledgeable in such a deep topic. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by ...
It is not the usual "we have to do something about the environment." This book does a good job of breaking down the environmental issues while not ignoring the economic ones. Read morePublished on October 13, 2011 by Intrigued
China has itelf in a predicament. While the economy is going gang busters, the longtime culture of not caring for the environment or the health of its own citiens has caught up... Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by Glenn D. Robinson
This is a well researched, excellent book. Elizabeth Economy has followed environmental politics in China for a long time -- and is able to do so in Chinese -- so she knows her... Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by J. I. Uitto
Intriguing topic, but pretty boring read. Bland listing of environmental problems in China, but little in-depth discussion. The logical separation among chapters is not clear. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by Ling Yan