2007-12-21

China kauft Dreckschleudern aus dem Westen auf

Die New York Times geht den Fallen der Globalisierung am Beispiel der Industrialisierung Chinas nach:
When residents of this northern Chinese city hang their clothes out to dry, the black fallout from nearby Handan Iron and Steel often sends them back to the wash. Half a world away, neighbors of ThyssenKrupp’s former steel mill in the Ruhr Valley of Germany once had a similar problem. The white shirts men wore to church on Sundays turned gray by the time they got home. These two steel towns have an unusual kinship, spanning 5,000 miles and a decade of economic upheaval. They have shared the same hulking blast furnace, dismantled and shipped piece by piece from Germany’s old industrial heartland to Hebei Province, China’s new Ruhr Valley. The transfer, one of dozens since the late 1990s, contributed to a burst in China’s steel production, which now exceeds that of Germany, Japan and the United States combined. It left Germany with lost jobs and a bad case of postindustrial angst. But steel mills spewing particulates into the air and sucking electricity from China’s coal-fired power plants account for a big chunk of the country’s surging emissions of sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide. ...

China’s worsening environment has also upended the geopolitics of global warming. It produces and exports so many goods once made in the West that many wealthy countries can boast of declining carbon emissions, even while the world’s overall emissions are rising quickly. ...

“It seems to me that China is making all the mistakes that we made in the 19th century,” said Wilhelm Grote, an environmental regulator in Dortmund, who recalls washing his father’s car as a child, only to see it immediately blanketed by soot. “They will find it is much more expensive to fix up later than to do it right from the start.” Having ignored the environmental consequences of its industrial binge for years, the Communist Party leadership now says it is determined to develop a cleaner economic model. Beijing has tried to enforce ambitious — though so far unmet — targets to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions. ...

There are few signs, however, that Chinese officials have real regrets about becoming the world’s hub of heavy industry.

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At 6:09 nachm., Blogger tim said...

Es ist momentan nicht nur der Chinesischen Regierung egal, was hinten rauskommt, solange es der Wirtschaft gut geht. Auch der "normale" Chinese genießt den Wohlstand und kümmert sich herzlich wenig um die Umwelt. Der müßte allerdings von der Regierung dazu erzogen werden über solche Probleme nachzudenken. Da der Regierung aber momentan egal ist was... und so weiter.

 

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