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Book Title:China's Environmental Crisis: An Inquiry into the Limits of National Development
Author(s):Smil, Vaclav
Publisher Name:M.E. Sharpe
Place of Publication:New York, N.Y.
Date of Publication:1993
Annotation:Poverty and neglect of the environment are evidence for Smil’s skepticism of any reality supporting the Western perception of a mystical, mythical land and culture in China. Commending new scientific achievements in China that are not influenced by Maoist propaganda, Smil engages interdisciplinary challenges by analyzing Chinese environmental concerns in terms of population growth and control, long-term plans of socioeconomic modernization, and energy and food needs. Replete with diagrams, maps, and quotations from Taoist and Confucian proverbs, the author addresses issues of famine, population increase, soil erosion, and industrial agriculture.
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