China Is Urged to Conserve Resources

SHAI OSTER – The Wall Street Journal

Copyright The Wall Street Journal
June 11, 2008
BEIJING — China is using double the amount of water, land and other natural resources that its ecosystem can provide over the long term, according to a new study by Chinese and international scientists.
The study of China’s “ecological footprint” — which measures use of a range of natural resources such as farmland, timber, water, coal and even land for garbage dumps — found that China still ranked low relative to the size of its population.
Still, China’s use of resources has roughly doubled since the 1960s, said the study, published Tuesday by international environmental group WWF and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.
The study warned if China were to consume as much as the U.S. on a per-person basis, “China would demand the available capacity of the entire planet.”
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