China and U.S Economy: 1. CHINA and U.S. Air and Water Population The Environmental Protection Agency's air quality scale, any pollution rating above 300 means the air was unsafe to breathe. Under these conditions, people stayed indoors with an air purifier running and remain as motionless as possible when air population was active according to U.S. Embassy Beijing guidelines. (www.sphtc.org/timeline/timeline.html). China’s water population had caused thousands of dead pigs floating past Shanghai, dramatic though they are, may be the least of China's water pollution worries. In January, a chemical accident leaked benzene, a known cancer-causing agent, into a tributary of the Huangpu River (where the dead pigs were discovered). More than 20 people were hospitalized as a result, according to the Wall Street Journal, and area residents were forced to rely on fire trucks to deliver safe drinking water. The U.S. water pollution contributes to disease, in the 1900’s; so people were told that they can't put their garbage in or around water. ( Friedman, Thomas L- 2007, The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century) China and U.S Desertification and Population Growth China has a history of intensive agriculture going back millennia, so it's perhaps unsurprising that much of the nation's 3.7 million square-mile (9.6 million square kilometers) territory has been subject to deforestation. China’s population pressure of forests to farmland, and hydroelectric and other infrastructure projects have placed China's remaining forests at risk. This prompted the United Nations Environment Programmed to list the country's forests as threatened and in need of protection Desertification is a land degradation problem of major importance in the arid regions...
References: Friedman, Thomas L- 2007, The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
Wasserstrom, Jeffrey N., 2010, China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know?
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