Friday 17 September 2021

China And Her Environmental Record

Paying the bills

Latest

500 Intel drones illuminated the night of celebration of the Bicentennial of Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - During the celebration of the Bicentennial of...

Covid-19 contagion rate drops, but hospitals still under pressure

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 once again...

More than 1.1 million vaccines against covid-19 have been received so far in September

QCOSTARICA - With the arrival of 157,950 doses of...

Chile reopens borders to visitors ahead of summer tourism season

Q24N - SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile announced plans to...

Chile among the 5 countries that are opening up and living with Covid

Q REPORTS - London (CNN) - More than 18...

Why buy a flat in Dubai

Investing and getting a good income is one of...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction September 17: Plates ending in “9 & 0” CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - For today, Friday, September 17, vehicles with...
Paying the bills

Share

In the wake of the visit of the political leader of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, journalist Gustavo Arias of business weekly El Financiero, owned by Grupo Nacion, published a series of facts about the Asian economic powerhouse and her environmental record as it relates to Costa Rica.

Suzhou_CreekMr. Arias did not mince any words when mentioning the irony of China’s Presidential visit to Costa Rica taking place around the time when the United Nation’s World Environment Day is celebrated. The visit seemed to be a success for both nations, at least in terms of signing agreements, treaties and establishing a climate of friendship. Mr. Arias, however, is not too sure about Costa Rica’s friendship with a nation he calls a global “toxic bomb.”

On his June 5th column in El Financiero, Mr. Arias lamented the fact that Costa Rica sought friendship with a country that practices an economic model that is destructive and opposed to sustainable practices. He then set out to list the supporting facts:

  • China has the worst track record in terms of preventing carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, which represent 24 percent of the global output.
  • More than 75 percent of Chinese cities have very low air quality levels, which make them unsafe for humans. This includes the city of Linfen -although it is important to note that this city is trying to clean up its act (pun intended).
  • More than 55 percent of China’s aquifers are contaminated.
  • About 60 percent of energy consumption in China comes from coal, which is one of the least-clean energy sources around.
- Advertisement -

The Chinese government has admitted that the use of toxic and noxious chemicals have endangered both life and their ecosystems. However, just like the United States, China does not wish to partake in emission-reduction plans that may hinder their economic growth. In other words, it may be too late to turn back the industrialization clock for China.

In the end, Mr. Arias argues that, while Costa Rica’s environmental track record is far from perfect and the country engages in greenwashing from time to time, a partnership with China could spell greater environmental losses to our country.

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Carter Maddoxhttp://carterjonmaddox@gmail.com
Carter is self-described as thirty-three-and-a-half years old and his thirty-three-and-a-half years birthday is always on March 3. Carter characteristically avoids pronouns, referring to himself in the third person (e.g. "Carter has a question" rather than, "I have a question"). One day [in 1984], Carter, raised himself up and from that day forward we could all read what Carter writes.

Related Articles

[BLOG] Costa Rican Electric Company – General Maintenance Procedures

During my fifteen plus years of living in Costa Rica, I...

Heliport, Money and Weapons in Costa Rica

Following reports by residents of Las Asturias de Pococí about flyovers...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.