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Dark Side of the Sochi Winter Olympics: Environmental Damage | Environment News Service

Dark Side of the Sochi Winter Olympics: Environmental Damage | Environment News Service | Environmental Science | Scoop.it
SOCHI, Russia, February 11, 2013 (ENS) - "Large-scale destruction of the environment and substantial environmental damage" is being wrought by preparation for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, a Russian non-profit group warned today in an Open...
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The article highlights the mass destruction of forest and natural habitat of animals in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi. Russia. Although the year 2013 in Russia is celebrated as an environmental year, nature is still being destroyed. Ironic. The preparation has caused damages to the river as toxics were dumped. Due to the development, new threats of landslides, erosion, avalances and mudslides have appeared.Since Sochi will be the attraction point of many people around the world, they build power plant. This will inevitably damage its unique environement. Though this may seem horrible to many environmentalist, I guess the politicians would rather gain money and fame rather having a beautiful untouched and unique nature. 

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China at Crossroads: Balancing The Economy and Environment by R. Edward Grumbine: Yale Environment 360

China at Crossroads: Balancing The Economy and Environment by R. Edward Grumbine: Yale Environment 360 | Environmental Science | Scoop.it
After three decades of unbridled economic growth and mounting ecological problems, China and its new leadership face a key challenge: cleaning up the dirty air, polluted water, and tainted food supplies that are fueling widespread discontent among...
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The article highlights the issue China is facing. Since China is an export led overdrive country, its growth has been inclining over the past decade, howerver their environment is worsening each year. With the new leaders of China, they are now focused on cleaning up all the dirt and mess. Over the past years, Chinese citizens outraged over the hazardous air quality in Beijing and forced governement officials to take action. It is proven that only about 11% of China's forest have healthy ecological functioning. It is also reported that 57% of urban ground water, the primary source of drinking water for hundreds and millions of people are polluted. What has come to China ? Is it still safe to live in the city of Beijing with this hazardous environmental conditions ? What are the officials doing ? Well China's environmental issue will certainly not dissapear immediately. The fact that China's food, energy, water, and urbanization debts are coming due simultaneously creates huge challenges for the country's new leadership. China's number one priority is to maintain its economic growth, however in order to solve its environmental problems, China requires an approach that integrates ecological and social planning. It is now up to the leaders of China on how they are going to tackle this problem. 

 

I would highly recommend readers to read this as it gives you an insight on China's issue. 

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