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China's Past, China's Future - Smil, Vaclav
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[ED: Taschenbuch], [PU: ROUTLEDGE CHAPMAN HALL], Review: 'Few scholars are as well qualified as Vaclav Smil to analyze the complex interrelationships between food, energy, and the environment in contemporary China. Eschewing easy generalizations and fashionable fads, Smil burrows beneath the avalanche of superficial statistics to present a sophisticated interdisciplinary study of the uses (and abuses) of material resources in post-Mao China. His key finding -- that there are countervailing forces at work within virtually every sector of the Chinese ecosystem -- provides a timely antidote to conventional predictions of either impending environmental doom or unlimited developmental boom. This is a sober, sensible, and ultimately indispensable guide to China's ecological problems and prospects.' - Richard Baum, Director, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, and author of Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping In his prolific writings over the past 35 years, Vaclav Smil has made unique contributions to the study of modern China by forcefully reminding us of the physical conditions under which Chinese society evolves and develops. China's Past China's Future is vintage Smil - new data, innovative interpretations, and the kinds of interdisciplinary analyses which compels attention to that special realm where society's social constructions meets nature's material realities. Smil writes lucidly on why biophysical foundations have such a bearing on China's history and twenty-first century trajectory.' - Richard P. Suttmeier, University of Oregon Review: 'China's expanding population aond huge developmental needs have put enormous demands on the environment. This is one of the most factual and comprehensive discussions on those environmental pressures currently available.' - China Information Table of contents: 1. China's Biophysical Foundations 1.1 My Chinese Experiences 1.2 Challenges of Understanding 1.3 Interdisciplinary Perspectives 2. Energy 2.1 Half a Century of Advances 2.2 Continuing Importance of Traditional Energies 2.3 A Failed Strategy 2.4 From a New Saudi Arabia to Concerns About Oil Security 3. Food 3.1 The World's Greatest Famine 3.2 From Subsistence to Satiety 3.3 Dietary Transitions 3.4 Nitrogen in China's Agriculture 3.5 Can China Feed Itself? 4. Environment 4.1 Attitudes and Constraints 4.2 The First of Five Elements 4.3 China's Environment and Security 4.4 Cost of China's Environmental Change 5. Looking Ahead by Looking Back 5.1 Failed Forecasts 5.2 Contending Trends China has a population of 1.3 billion people which puts strain on her natural resources. This volume, by one of the leading scholars on the earth's biosphere, is the result of a lifetime of study on China, and provides the fullest account yet of the environmental challenges that China faces. The author examines China's energy resources, their uses, impacts and prospects, from the 1970s oil-crisis to the present day, before analysing the key question of how China can best produce enough food to feed its enormous population. In answering this question the entire food chain - the environmental setting, post harvest losses, food processing, access to food and actual nutritional requirements - is examined, as well as the most effective methods of agricultural management. The final chapters focus upon the dramatic cost to the country's environment caused by China's rapid industrialization. Widespread environmental problems discussed include: Water and air pollution Water shortage Soil erosion Deforestation Desertification Loss of biodiversity In conclusion, Smil argues that the decline of the Chinese ecosystem and environmental pollution has cost China about ten per cent of her annual GDP. This book provides the best available synthesis on the environmental consequences of China's economic reform program and will prove essential reading to scholars with an interest in China and the environment. China has a population of 1.3 billion people which puts strain on her natural resources. This volume, by one of the leading scholars on the earth's biosphere, is the result of a lifetime of study, and provides the fullest account yet of the environmental challenges that China faces. The author examines China's energy resources, their uses, impacts and prospects, from the 1970s oil crisis to the present day, before analysing the key question of how China can best produce enough food to feed its enormous population. China has a population of 1.3 billion people which puts enormous strain on her natural resources. This volume, by one of the leading scholars on the earth's biosphere, provides the fullest account yet of the environmental challenges that China faces. 256 pages - 5 b/w Tables - 234 x 156 mm Versandfertig in über 4 Wochen, [SC: 0.00], Neuware, gewerbliches Angebot

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China has a population of 1.3 billion people which puts strain on her natural resources. This volume, by one of the leading scholars on the earth's biosphere, is the result of a lifetime of study, and provides the fullest account yet of the environmental challenges that China faces. The author examines China's energy resources, their uses, impacts and prospects, from the 1970s oil crisis to the present day, before analysing the key question of how China can best produce enough food to feed its enormous population. asia,china,ethnic studies,geography,history,human geography,humanities,politics and social sciences,social sciences,sociology Politics & Social Sciences, Routledge

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China's Past, China's Future
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· Soil erosion · Deforestation · Desertification · Loss of biodiversity In conclusion, Smil argues that the decline of the Chinese ecosystem and environmental pollution has cost China about ten per cent of her annual GDP. This book provides the best available synthesis on the environmental consequences of China's economic reform program and will prove essential reading to scholars with an interest in China and the environment.

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