Why don't the Chinese get climate chage

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    The Chinese look set to be the last people on earth to understand climate change...

    People around the world were asked: How serious a threat is global warming to you and your family?

    The % answering "Yes" are:

    Small islands nations: 91%
    Kenya: 87%
    Saudi Arabia: 82%
    India: 81%
    Japan: 75%
    US: 64%
    EU:62%

    China: 33%

    BBC News - Where countries stand on Copenhagen

    On the one hand it is good to see that most Third World nations also understand the issues, which is by no means a given in societies such as Kenya where not everyone has access to solid media services or the internet, but on the other hand it is disturbing that China lags so far behind.
     
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    China is the very first continuous civilization on earth to wreck their environment and then have to adapt, this is a culture that eats anything that moves, including Tibetan monks.

    To expect them to be sensitive is like asking Hannibal Lector to only eat only the fava beans and stay away from the liver and nice Chinante.

    Not going to happen.
     
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    Yes, I suppose that is true. I think it is also the nature of communist China - a society in which the people are expected to meekly reflect whatever the government tells them to believe, and who largely do.

    With the Chinese government having been so slow to adapt to climate change, the Chinese people are now where the rest of the world was 20 years ago.

    We can only hope that now China is starting to invest in renewables, the prevailing attitudes in society might also start to catch up a bit.
     
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    Those third world countries don't give a fyling fuck about climate change.

    They want the billions of dollars that the disastrous treaties coming out of Copenhagen will give them.

    Do you really think countries like Rwanda, Somalia and other so called developing nations are going to take that money and build windmills?
     
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    Actually they do care, in my experience.

    I was in Kenya a couple of months ago, where the leading story is about how illegal settlements have screwed up the water table feeding Lake Nakuru National Park - an area hit very hard by climate change. I was both surprised and impressed to see the government involved in tree planting and reforestation as a means of countering desertification.

    It's funny you mention Rwanda - probably the country in Africa with the best government, and one that will no doubt be a leader in renewable energy. They are already working to use more natural gas, which they source from Lake Kivu.
     
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    you're very naive.

    this is about money and nothing else
     
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    Sodafin... Skull Pilot is a '36 percenter' ...

    Oscar Wilde said: "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between"

    He forgot to mention 36% remained barbarians
     
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    They will be just fine untill some warlord/general grabs power and starts killing the opposition in mass. :doubt:
     
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    Or the Goricale.
     
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    Everything's about money and nothing else.
     

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