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Richard Smith, System Change Not Climate Change, November 22, 2020
China's President Xi Jinping inspects the Three Gorges Dam

With California and Oregon on fire as Climate Week opened in New York on September 21 “climate arsonist” Donald Trump took to the virtual floor of the UN General Assembly and slammed China for its environmental record while ignoring his own efforts to save the coal industry and boost fossil fuel consumption – actions that earned him that sobriquet from Joe Biden.[1]

System Change Not Climate Change, YouTube, August 31, 2020
Shanghai underwater with 4 degrees of warming
 
China presents a climate crisis paradox. It leads the world in photovoltaic and wind power production and installed capacity of both, and President Xi Jinping says he wants to remake China as an “ecological civilization.” Yet it’s also the world's largest CO2 emitter by far and the government is slashing funding for renewables while ramping up spending on more coal-fired power plants.
 
Richard Smith, Foreign Policy, July 27, 2020
Fine particles hang in the air over Shanghai, China, 2009 (Photo by Lei Han) Creative Commons license via Flickr

As China struggles to recover economically from the impact of the pandemic, it is set to deal a painful blow to global efforts to fight climate change. The party has often sacrificed environmental regulations as soon as GDP targets and economic growth have been threatened, thus industrial or trade decline paradoxically produces soaring pollution. But even in normal times, China’s soaring carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are a massive part of the dire threat to all life on earth posed by climate change.

Richard Smith, System Change Not Climate Change, August 12, 2019
Protest Outside a Hong Kong Police HQ | Iris Tong - VOA.

Ecosocialists must stand in support of the millions of democracy protesters in Hong Kong and call on American trade unions and the Left to join us. The Chinese Communist Party is on a suicide mission to destroy planet earth in its all-out drive to maximize economic growth to save the party-state ruling class even if that growth produces CO2 emissions that precipitate planetary ecological collapse. China’s emissions are already more than twice as large as those of the U.S. and growing, with a GDP just 63 % the size of the U.S.

Martin Empson, Socialist Review, February 12, 2018

China’s rapid economic expansion is based on massive state investment, low pay and manufacturing for export to the Western economies at the same time as the promotion of domestic consumerism. Global competition for resources and markets means China must continue this economic model. But this brings with it the risk of war, economic crisis and the threat of workers fighting for an increased share of the enormous wealth being generated. But it is also driving environmental disaster on a local and international scale.

Sohara Mehroze Shachi, UNDP, November 23, 2015

With multiplying impacts of climate change - increasing floods, cyclones, and drought - thousands of climate refugees are migrating to Dhaka. And the city, well beyond its carrying capacity, is bursting at the seams.

The word most often associated with Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is perhaps, "overpopulated." Supporting more than 14 million people on less than 325 square kilometers (125 square miles) of land, the city's drainage, waste management and transportation infrastructure is on the brink of collapse.

Tom Phillips, The Guardian, November 8, 2015

Residents of north-eastern China donned gas masks and locked themselves indoors on Sunday after their homes were enveloped by some of the worst levels of smog on record.

Chariya Senpong, EcoWatch, October 25, 2015

On June 21, 2004, Charoen Wat-aksorn, a 37-year-old pineapple farmer from Bo Nok village in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, some 240 km [150 miles] south of Bangkok, was returning by bus to his hometown. He had just been in the capital to testify before a parliamentary anti-corruption panel as to how local politicians were colluding with business figures to conduct illegal land grabs.

Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Institute for Social Ecology, August 18, 2015
Kurdish forest fire.

With the restart of the war in North-Kurdistan by Turkish state in end of July 2015 the Turkish Army has started to burn down forests. After 2,5 years of negotiations about the start of a peace process between the Turkish government and the Kurdish Freedom Movement, the Turkish side decided to attack the PKK Guerrilla HPG (Peoples Defense Forces) and legal political activists.

Dan Levin, New York Times, August 16, 2015
China pollution

BEIJING — Outdoor air pollution contributes to the deaths of an estimated 1.6 million people in China every year, or about 4,400 people a day, according to a newly released scientific paper.

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