China's Pollution Crisis

China's Pollution Crisis

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 210 , Segment 6

Episode: Public Lands, Ranked-Choice Voting, Hearing Aids and Memory

  • Jan 12, 2016 10:00 pm
  • 14:02 mins

Guest: Jane Hall, PhD, Professor of Economics at the University of California Fullerton  China’s infamously polluted air poses a challenge to the nation’s leaders, who’ve established aggressive growth plans for the country. Every time a big international event comes to Beijing – the 2008 Summer Olympics, for instance or a summit of world leaders – officials order up blue skies by temporarily shutting down steel mills and coal plants in the area. Profits and output fall temporarily, too. So imagine the costs a longer-term solution might bring – permanent factory closures, limits on automobile traffic and the transition to cleaner, but more expensive fuels.

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