Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Amazing China Facts

Chinese economic growth over the last few decades is unlike anything the world has ever seen. The so-called “Chinese miracle” is manifested in the exponentially growing domestic demand for consumer goods like televisions, smartphones, and cars. There are now more than 240 million cars on China’s roads, with more new vehicles added in 2012 than there were on the road, total, at the turn of the century.

China's Generation Green (International Reporting Program)

A fifth of China’s land is polluted
. The FAO/OECD report gingerly calls this problem the “declining trend in soil quality.” Fully 40 percent of China’s arable land has been degraded by some combination of erosion, salinization, or acidification — and nearly 20 percent is polluted, whether by industrial effluent, sewage, excessive farm chemicals, or mining runoff, the FAO/OECD report found.

Six Mind Boggling Fact About Farms in China (Grist)

China's coal consumption has grown rapidly in recent years, and is now far larger than anything the world has ever seen, with more than 3.2 billion tonnes per year, almost as much per year as all other countries combined, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed Wednesday.

China Burning and Consuming Most Of World's Coal (OilPrice)

In just two years, from 2011 to 2012, China produced more cement than the US did in the entire 20th century, according to historical data from the US Geological Survey and China’s National Bureau of Statistics.

China Fact of the Day (Marginal Revolution)
In just two years, from 2011 to 2012, China produced more cement than the US did in the entire 20th century, according to historical data from the US Geological Survey and China’s National Bureau of Statistics. - See more at: http://marginalrevolution.com/page/2#sthash.GKpS62Wn.dpuf

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