China’s Economic Development: Environmental Impacts


1:10 PM – 2:50 PM

9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26

Environmental issues were of little concern to Mao Zedong, and, during the subsequent period of double-digit economic growth, damage to the environment kept on getting worse. Has the situation reached a tipping point with citizens clamoring for improvements and the government lending a receptive ear to the demands?  China is already Number One in the solar industry. Which other technologies are being deployed to make the country greener and can they compensate for the increased pollution associated with a richer society?


Syllabus:   China’s Economic Development: Environmental Impacts

Dr. Roger Levy

Note: subject to change

Week 1: Urbanization, deforestation, shrinking biodiversity

Week 2: Energy: fossil fuels, renewable sources.

Week 3: Water: shortages, pollution, desertification

Week 4: Air pollution and related health consequences, global warming.

Week 5: China’s search for resources across the world.

Week 6: Sustainability, toward a greener future?

Facilitator: Dr. Roger Levy

Dr. Roger Levy Dr. Roger Levy retired in 2013 from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY, where he taught international business and economic geography for 25 years. His area of expertise is East Asia. He has visited the region many times and has presented papers at various academic conferences on issues affecting Japan and China.