China. lurching giant

Written by Jared Diamond

China's environmental problems are among the most severe of any major country, and are getting worse.  The long list ranges from air pollution, biodiversity losses, cropland losses, desertification, disappearing wetlands, grassland degradation, and increasing scale and frequency of human-induced disasters, to invasive species, overgrazing, river flow cessation, salinization, soil erosion, trash accumulation, and water pollution and shortages.  These and other enviornmental problems are causing enormous economic losses, social conflicts, and health problems within China.  China's large population, economy, and area guarantee that its environmental problems will not remain a domestic issue but will spill over to the rest of the world, which is increasingly affected through sharing the same planet, oceans, and atmosphere with China.

Jared Diamond, Collapse, p.358.

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