China is, by far, the single biggest emitter of the mainstay greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in human history.
How it earned that dubious distinction is clear. China made the decision to become the world’s manufacturer. Every minute of every day during the mid-2000s Americans purchased about $460,000 dollars worth of Chinese goods.
Growing reports of labor and environmental malpractice surfaced during that same period of time, but American consumers shrugged off these reported violations in favor of cheaper good.
But is society better off because of this? Chip Jacobs argues, No.”
He looks at the environmental catastrophe happening in China and worries we’re rapidly reaching a point of no return in environmental damage.