China, Lurching Giant . Chapter 12 Jamie, Hong, Ashley. China’s Population Trends. China has 1.3 billion people; about 1/5 of the entire world population Mandatory Fertility Control Rapid Urbanization Urban population increased seven times from 1953-2001. Urbanization.
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Industrial Outputs (Steel, cement, plastic)
Demand for meat products
China is the largest consumer of coal, oil, and timber
China is the largest producer and consumer of toxic fertilizers
Many of China’s industries create disproportionate wasteChina’s Economy
Another consequence of deforestation is the increase of frequency and severity of dust storms in eastern China
60% of the in the Sanjian Plain have been converted to farmland.
At the current rate of drainage, the remaining swamps in the Sanjian Plain in the Northeast (8,000 sq miles) will be gone within 20 years.
Fish consumption is rising as a result of growing affluence and overfishing.
Due to overfishing and pollution, the freshwater and coastal marine fisheries have suffered severe degradation.
The Yangtze River was closed for the first time in 2003 because the annual take of wild fish has declined 75%
The Bohai prawn harvest declined 90 %
Formerly abundant native species such as the yellow croaker and hairtail must now be imported
The Giant Panda
Average blood levels in city-dwellers double levels considered dangerous and put at risk the mental development of children
China’s large population greatly effects other people