China’s rapid economic growth over the past two decades been nothing short of remarkable.
Of course there’s been a dark side to this growth. As China has built more factories, power plants and cars, it also became one of the most polluted countries on earth.
But since President Xi Jinping declared a ‘war on pollution’ in 2014, China has also made big strides in tackling some of the problems. It’s become a global leader in renewable energy from solar and wind, has cut smog in big cities and is planning tens of billions of dollars worth of environmental projects.
On this edition of Global Journalist: a look at China's war on pollution.
Joining the program:
- Beth Gardiner, an environmental journalist who has written for National Geographic and the New York Times
- Ma Jun, a Chinese environmentalist and director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs in Beijing
- Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center