It's like an article today lamenting that if "we" don't do X to stop global warming, all these cities will be under water.
Well, there are other solutions then to de-industrialize the world into the 17th century and give lots of money to
One is reminded of the Ehrlich vs Julian Simon wager.
In 1968, Ehrlich published The Population Bomb, which argued that mankind was facing a demographic catastrophe with the rate of population growth quickly outstripping growth in the supply of food and resources. Simon was highly skeptical of such claims, so proposed a wager, telling Ehrlich to select any raw material he wanted and select "any date more than a year away," and Simon would bet that the commodity's price on that date would be lower than what it was at the time of the wager.....and if President Obama wants to move America into the 17th century with his green policies, well China is waiting in the wings to take over.
Between 1980 and 1990, the world's population grew by more than 800 million, the largest increase in one decade in all of history. But by September 1990, the price of each of Ehrlich's selected metals had fallen. Chromium, which had sold for $3.90 a pound in 1980, was down to $3.70 in 1990. Tin, which was $8.72 a pound in 1980, was down to $3.88 a decade later.As a result, in October 1990, Paul Ehrlich mailed Julian Simon a check for $576.07 to settle the wager in Simon's favor.
And yes, I am against pollution (a big problem in China) but as my husband reminded me: You can't eat the scenery.
Once a country is a bit more affluent, and a bit more moral (Pope Francis take note) you enable industry to thrive and NOT pollute.
Or is this too complicated for a country obsessed by the Kardashians and their two minute hates on facebook?