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Environmental Damage
(1,785 words)

Scarcity of resources in relation to its population numbers, as well as disparities in its economic development, are confronting China with environmental impact in several dimensions at the same time. To the "traditional" environmental problems of an underdeveloped and overpopulated agrarian society - deforestation, erosion, desertification, water shortage - have been added "modern" environmental damages due to release of harmful substances (environmental protect…

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Sternfeld, Eva, “Environmental Damage”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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