25 Mar 2014

Beijing is like Los Angeles

Zhe Zhang writes:*

Haze in Beijing and some other cities in China has become a serious pollution problem now. People are paying much attention on air quality than before since it has a big impact on people's life. People living in those cities are suggested to reduce their outdoor activities, some elementary schools even cancelled their outdoor P.E classes.

Fortunately, the central government is taking actions to cut pollution: targeting carbon per unit of GDP, implementing environmental laws, and trying to move in the right direction. The pollution in China today reminds me of the air pollution happened in Los Angeles last century, I think China is going through the same process during development, but as citizens and the government concern more about the pollution, this issue will be solved in the future.

Bottom Line: China will learn the lesson of how to develop sustainably.

* These guest posts are from students in my resource economics class at Simon Fraser University. Please leave feedback on their logic, ideas and style and suggestions of how to improve.