How China is (and isn’t) fighting pollution and climate change | Angel Hsu
How China is (and isn’t) fighting pollution and climate change | Angel Hsu


When is seeing not believing? A couple years ago, my friend
sent me this photo from Ürümqi, which is the capital of Xinjiang
province in northwest China. On this particular day,
she couldn’t believe her eyes. Checking the quality of the air outside
using this app on her iPad, the numbers were telling her
the air quality was good, one on a scale of 500. But when she looked outside,
she saw something much different. Yes, those are buildings
in the background. (Laughter) But the data were simply
not telling the truth of what people were seeing and breathing, and it’s because they were
failing to measure PM2.5, or fine particulate pollution. When PM2.5 levels
went off the charts in 2012, or “crazy bad,” as the US Embassy
once described it in a tweet, Chinese denizens took to social media and they started to question why it was
that they were seeing this disconnect between official air quality statistics and what they were seeing
and breathing for themselves. Now, this questioning has led to an environmental awakening
of sorts in China, forcing China’s government
to tackle its pollution problems. Now China has the opportunity
to become a global environmental leader. But the picture
that I’ll paint for you today is one that’s mixed. There are some signs
that are very promising, and there are other trends
that are more troubling that warrant closer attention. But now let’s go back
to the story at hand. I started to witness the beginnings
of China’s green evolution when I was a PhD student
conducting fieldwork in China in 2011. I traveled all across the country
seeking answers to the question that I often got myself
from the skeptical outsider: What, you mean China is doing
something on the environment? They have environmental policies? What policies? At that time, PM2.5 data
was considered too politically sensitive and so the government
was keeping it secret, but citizens were becoming aware
of its harmful human health effects, and they were demanding
greater transparency on the part of the government. I actually started to see some of this
growing evolution and awareness myself cropping up all over China. Department stores, for example,
started to market these air purifiers that could filter out harmful PM2.5. Citizens were also adopting PM2.5
as the title of musical festivals. (Laughter) And then I went to a golf course
in Shenzhen, which is in southern China, and you can see from this banner,
they’re advertising a retreat from PM2.5. Golf sub-par, but don’t
breathe sub-par air. And then Shanghai’s
Environmental Protection Bureau decided to create a mascot
named after the air quality index to better communicate
the air quality data to its people. I call her AQI Girl, and her expression and hair color changes
depending on the quality of air outside. Five years later and she’s still
the mostly smiling face of Shanghai’s air quality. And then in 2015, former CCTV reporter Chai Jing created this documentary
called “Under the Dome.” It would be likened
to Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring.” And much like Rachel Carson brought to attention the fact
that pesticides were harming human health, “Under the Dome” stamped
into the popular consciousness that air pollution was leading
to one million premature deaths every year in China alone. This video garnered more than a hundred million
views in a single weekend before China’s government, fearing that it might incite
some type of social unrest, pulled it from the internet. But the damage had already been done. Public outcry over air pollution galvanized China’s government, perhaps in an act of self-preservation, to think big and decisively
about how it could tackle the root of its air pollution and many of its other
environmental problems: its energy system. For you see, in China, about two thirds of its
electricity comes from coal. China has more coal-fired power plants
than any other country in the world, about 40 percent of the global total, and it’s because of this fact
that China’s government has decided since 2014
to wage a war on coal, shutting down small coal mines, setting limits on coal consumption, even canceling an Australia’s worth
of coal-fired power plants. They’ve also been making
enormous investments when it comes to clean
and renewable energy, like hydropower, wind and solar, and the pace and the scale
of this transformation has been absolutely mind-blowing. Let me give you a couple of statistics
to show you what I mean. China leads the world
when it comes to hydropower, with a third of total capacity. There’s enough for every Chinese citizen to power two homes in a single year
from hydropower alone. You may have heard
of the Three Gorges Dam, pictured here, which is the largest
power station in the world, and it’s powered by water. In terms of wind power, China has a third of the global capacity. This makes it the number one
leader by far. When we look at solar,
China’s also leading. In fact, they crushed their 2020 target of installing 105 gigawatts
of solar power. This is after the government
already revised upwards several times its solar energy target between 2009 and 2015. Last year, in seven months alone, China was able to install
a whopping 35 gigawatts of solar power. This is more than half
of what the US has combined in total and China did this
in just seven months alone. We can verify this remarkable growth
in solar power from space, like the startup SpaceKnow
has done in this slide. By 2020, China is on track to generate
Germany’s entire electricity consumption from just wind and solar power alone. It’s pretty darn remarkable. And we see some evidence now that China’s efforts on clean energy is actually having an effect, not just on air pollution reduction, but also on global climate change, where China has the world’s
largest carbon footprint. If we look at some of the data,
we can see that China’s coal consumption may have already reached a peak
as early as 2013. This is a major reason
why China’s government announced that actually they’ve already achieved
their 2020 carbon reduction pledge ahead of schedule. This reduction in coal consumption is also directly driving
improvements in air quality across the country, as I’ve shown here in blue. In most major Chinese cities, air pollution has fallen
by as much as 30 percent. And this reduction in air pollution
is actually leading people to live longer lives in China, on average two and a half years more
than they would have in 2013. In yellow, we can see
the cities that have experienced the greatest improvements in air quality. But of course, as I mentioned
at the beginning of this talk, we have to temper some of this optimism with a healthy dose of caution, and that’s largely because
the data are still being determined. At the end of last year, after roughly three years
of pretty steady global carbon emissions, scientific projections suggest that global emissions
may be on the rise again and that could be due to increases
in China’s fossil fuel consumptions, so they may not have reached
that peak that I showed earlier. But of course, the statistics
and the data are still murky and that’s because China regularly revises
its coal statistics after the fact. Actually, it’s funny, since I’ve been here I’ve been
having a debate on Twitter with other climate modelers, trying to figure out
whether China’s carbon emissions have gone up, gone down or whether
they’re staying relatively stable. And of course, China is still
a rapidly developing country. It’s still experimenting
with a range of policies, like dockless bike sharing, which has been hailed as a possible
sustainable transport solution. But then we have images
of this bicycle graveyard that tell a more cautionary tale. Sometimes, solutions can move too fast and outpace demand. And of course,
coal is still king in China, at least for now. So why should we care about
what China is doing on the environment? Well, what China does at home
on the environment can have global implications
for the rest of us. To borrow a line from Chai Jing, we’re all under the same dome, and air pollution that originates in China can travel beyond its borders and affect populations
as far away as those in North America. China’s not only exporting air pollution, but they’re also exporting aid,
infrastructure, technology abroad. President Xi Jinping in 2013 announced
the One Belt, One Road Initiative, a massive, one-trillion-US-dollar
infrastructure investment project in more than 60 other countries. And historically, when we’ve seen that China has made
these infrastructure investments abroad, they haven’t always been clean. The Global Environment Institute,
a Chinese civil society group, found that in the last 15 years, China has invested in more
than 240 coal-fired power plants in more than 68 countries affiliated with the One Belt,
One Road Initiative. That’s more than a quarter of China’s
own domestic coal-fired capacity that is exported abroad. So we can see that even though
China is cleaning up at home, it’s exporting some of that pollution to other countries, and greenhouse gas emissions
simply don’t have a passport. So when we’re trying
to evaluate this question of whether or not China
is actually leading, we can see it’s still
very much an open debate. But time is running out. I’ve studied the climate models,
and the outlook is not good. We still have a gap
between current policies and what needs to happen if we want
to avoid dangerous climate change. Leadership is what we desperately need, but it’s not coming
from the US, for example. The US administration last June
announced its intent to withdraw from
the Paris Climate Agreement, so now people are looking towards China
to fill that leadership void. So China is very much in the driver’s seat determining our global
environmental future. What they do on carbon trading, on clean energy, on air pollution, we can learn many lessons. One of those lessons is that clean energy
is not just good for the environment, it can save lives
by reducing air pollution. It’s also good for the economy. We can see that last year, China was responsible
for 30 percent of the global growth in green jobs. The US? Only six. So the picture that I just painted for you hopefully seems much different from those murky,
foggy air quality statistics to a much clearer picture
of China’s clean energy. And even though China
is headed in the right direction, we know that there’s still
a very long road ahead. So let me ask you once more:
Is seeing believing? Can we trust the data and the statistics that show that China’s
air quality is coming down and that its war on coal
is actually having an effect? Well, let’s take a look
at some of the latest satellite images of China’s solar power installations. I want you to look
very closely at this image. Can you see? The proof may just be in the pandas. Thank you so much. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “How China is (and isn’t) fighting pollution and climate change | Angel Hsu”

  1. celestialcircledance says:

    My eyes glazed over at all those numbers and statistics . Talk more about the effects on health , livelihoods , stability and quality of life . Make it relatable !!

  2. Morocco Iham says:

    What a load of BS!

  3. Vikas Saraf says:

    We have "Swach Bharat" in India..! 🤣

  4. Puten schnitzelsemmel says:

    you cant compare things so easily as it is shown up in some a bit to "pro china" statistics. for example the capacity of wind energy between the diffrent sized countrys

  5. Offensive Bias says:

    Title should be: How China is finally cleaning up their mess..

  6. jamazing says:

    I don't believe this there is no evidence, don't believe those Chinese commies

  7. Jones Reeco says:

    Clean energy is need in the future.

  8. Marshall Weese says:

    This is great to hear; however, their government has created a recycling problem for the world, and they still produce the most plasticrap that needs recycling. Plus, they sell us lots of toxic food etc. even produce that is labeled organic in China is anything but organic!

  9. Sagar Kumawat says:

    But ma'am
    OBOR is debt trap for other countries
    China government have already taken hambantota on lease for 99 years. That's not proved a beneficial project for other countries.

  10. Zhu Bajie says:

    I just see coal plant after coal plant being built. The central government gave up building plants to local level which does the most expedient. I am encouraged by the increase in small electric vehicles (scooters, tricycles, bicycles) but need to use renewables to support it instead of dirty coal. Also not enough answer for cheap heating for the poor still seeing coal briquettes for home heating be distributed.

  11. sunny zhu says:

    为什么有些人不诋毁别人就不会说话?

  12. T Ly says:

    One Belt is loan shark. Check out the channel China Uncensored

  13. Joshua Luke says:

    China is the emergent new world leader. The US is a complete joke now.

  14. Eighteenk says:

    I am sure she is ban from going China

  15. Kei Yukina says:

    國家需要發展,有時候需要妥協一下,有捨有得而已,以後會越來越好的!

  16. 橘吉平 says:

    Why do I think your theme is that the world air pollution environment is caused by China alone? I think it is biased. China has to feed 1.4 billion people and it is still a developing country. Or the video mentioned that China has established many power plants in other countries, then I would like to ask the countries that need electricity to give him what kind of electricity? Wind? Nuclear Power Plant? Hydropower station? The developed countries have become developed countries, and the development history of several countries is clean. It’s good now, as if you are standing at the commanding heights of morality and making irresponsible remarks to others.
    I don't have enough English, so I use Google Translate. Please be forgiven if all statements are not compliant.

  17. ThatCrazy Drunk says:

    Hmmm… I wonder how much being paid her to give this talk.
    It’s pure propaganda but well done, very good.

  18. Tony Xiao says:

    If you guys never visit China just do not believe what the F–k is talking about.

  19. talin nalo says:

    👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  20. Bob King says:

    China can definitely help other countries to build renewable power plant, like UK, France, include nuclear plants, which China mastering that. But as the business between countries, the deal is based on buyers' needs instead of China's willingness. African and South-eastern Asian countries want coal plants because they are much cheaper than renewables. China just do its business, he cannot decide which type of power plant it should built for other countries. For most of underdeveloped countries, coal plant is better than no electricity.

  21. Tianyuan Fan says:

    it's really hypocritical to ask the world factory to have a clean living while some people r living large like there's no tomorrow. yeah i'm talking about u, muricans

  22. NUGT L says:

    BS. Communists propaganda. I knew a student who studied chemistry in Canada. His father own a factory dump polluted waste to river. When the date government decided to check the agency would phone him first then get some money from him. Every industry does the same. From top leader, business leaders to poor people do the same.

  23. NUGT L says:

    China is Hitler yet not many people wake up. Just news broken Chinese installed tiny chips to all Apple, Amazon and other companies devices. China had INTERPOL President vanished. Tried to crush US ship

  24. Hanzhen Liu says:

    Well, U.S. carbon emission per capita is many times that of China.

  25. Peter Breedveld says:

    I love fossil fuels!

  26. 旅拍师David says:

    All Western countries have colonized other countries. The rise of China is peaceful. But the United States has always promoted China as evil. China has never used weapons of mass destruction as an excuse to destroy other countries. The tide of refugees in Europe today is not caused by China. The US government is the biggest trouble for the American people and the people of the world.

  27. 张驰 says:

    Under the Dome is the worst documentary I have ever seen.

  28. Random Name says:

    We are the biggest polluter in total but not per capita. The per capita of emission of Western developed countries was 7.6 times of developing countries between 1900 and 2005. Even now, Western per capita emission is couple times more than developing countries like China. Stop portraying the picture as if China is the sole problem. We are all in this together.
    Also, you can't blame China's one-party political system incapable of adapting. Clearly, netizens of China voiced their concern and the government of China took action in matter of few years. Its agility is not undermined by not adopting democracy. And people are free to voice their concerns that are actually heard and translated into action of the government.

  29. T han says:

    if u good with chemistry, than can try create some demand or industry using carbon dioxide or whatever this thing separately…..since there is a suck carbon dioxide device in testing tat lack of growth or fund, I not sure.

  30. 华梦 says:

    This girl is good, but speach is lack of picture of clear dam, wind farm, solar farm, and blue sky. The angle to pitch the world about China is adequate. I hope I have such English capability.

  31. Alex Huh says:

    This sounds like the global warming is caused by china alone?

  32. tomschrauwen says:

    but…but….climate change is a chinese hoax…. 🙁 lol

  33. ferkeap says:

    All this talk, but op purpose doesn't mention the largest build clean energy in this picture.
    Nuclear Energy, this what will get china off coal and as an export product for other countries.

    Australia for example should get on that road with korean/canadian/russian and or chinese builders/investors.

  34. TobyRecorded says:

    China is awesome

  35. Clement Lumumba says:

    What's more worrying to me is the Chinese government censorship of such crucial information in order to protect itself

  36. kongfei ge says:

    Don't forget China has 1.4 billion people, also the world factory.

  37. Adriana K says:

    As Chiese, we need to go forward. Need to do more.

  38. IKNFLY666 says:

    Good job the environmentalist are doing forcing thousands of factory closures and hundreds of thousands of low income people to lose their jobs and starve on the street, environmentalism is really a luxury game for the privileged. It's not surprising these greenies care more about trees than human life, pathetic.

  39. Faisal Khan says:

    It was more like America dissing contest…….🤣🤣🤣

  40. Phillip II says:

    Propaganda video.

  41. Vlad Dracula says:

    These Chinese Reports are fake as their Products. First they artificially reduce the number then they pump those number back up 2x

  42. Joshua Tintes MBA says:

    I saw an article that income directly correlates to one's carbon footprint, so I imagine with all the economy improvements in China we're going to see an increase from them too. While it is cool that they're building an infrastructure for clean energy… I doubt it is sustainable for a consumer based economy. The only real answer for global warming is either not buying as much crap or killing a quarter of the worlds population.

  43. Stefano Ferraro says:

    Panda shaped solar farm on Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/kEny3vZNDH52

  44. Cheng Chi Man says:

    中國加油!

  45. Bob Rees,Jr says:

    After I hosted 7 chinese guests during the 2013 Chinese New Year celebration in Norwalk, Iowa I came up with
    a mitigating solution to airborne pollution which I am trademarking as REES – Rare Earth Element System(tm). It's a solar charged portable air filter. Inside of it will be a small DC powered fan. On the front is a reusable/removable filter which can be collected and the REEs can be returned back to the earth. There is more to the design..which I have on its Facebook page.

  46. Jose Luis Borrageiro says:

    Is Global Warming in The Holy Bible? The WORD of God?
    Christianity is the only Religion of TRUTH. In Deuteronomy 28, Almighty God YAHWEH, told Moses that He would Bless the Nations by making it RAIN (WATER), but, Israel would have to worship the True Living God only, and keep His Commands, and not worship any other false gods (small letter 'g'). PLEASE READ DEUTERONOMY 28.All Scientists in
    the World, including CERN Geneva, say that the most abundant Element in the World is Hydrogen (God Particle). Hydrogen 2 Oxygen = WATER… WATER= LIFE. Saint Peter said 2000 years ago in 2 Peter 3 Verse 5 in The Holy Bible: They purposely ignore the fact that long ago God gave a command, and the heavens and the earth were created. The earth was formed out of WATER (Hydrogen/God Particle) and by WATER (HOLY SPIRIT of YAHWEH).
    The Holy Bible John 19 Verse 34: One of the soldiers, however, plunged his spear into JESUS's side, and at once BLOOD and WATER (HOLY SPIRIT of YAHWEH/GOD PARTICLE) poured out.

    1 John 5. The Witness about JESUS Christ.
    JESUS Christ is the one who came with the WATER (HOLY SPIRIT) of His Baptism and the BLOOD of His death. He came not only with the WATER, but both the WATER and the BLOOD. And the Spirit himself testifies that this is true, because the Spirit is TRUTH. There are three witnesses; the SPIRIT, the WATER, and the BLOOD; and all three give the same testimony.

    God Bless! The manna in the DESERT was the Holy Eucharist, the Body of Christ. Everything begins and ends at the CROSS.

    There is many places in The Holy Bible where we can compare Almighty God YAHWEH to Our Lord JESUS Christ. The Jews must just read Psalm 22, Psalm 110, Isaiah 52 and 53 and Jeremiah 31 Verses 31 to 35, and the Jews will see the similarity.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////The Holy Bible is TRUTH.
    1) Genesis 1 Verses 1 and 2: In the beginning, when God created the Universe, the Earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean (WATER=Hydrogen2Oxygen=God Particle=LIFE) that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Power of God (HOLY SPIRIT) was moving over the WATER (WATER=Hydrogen2Oxygen=God Particle=LIFE). When Scientists look for LIFE on other Planets, they look for WATER (WATER=Hydrogen2Oxygen=God Particle=LIFE).
    John 19 Verse 34: One of the soldiers, however, plunged his spear into JESUS' side, and at once BLOOD and WATER (WATER=Hydrogen2Oxygen=God Particle=LIFE) poured out.
    2000 years ago Saint Peter said in 2 Peter 3 Verse 5: They purposely ignore the fact that long ago God gave a command, and the Heavens and Earth were created. THE EARTH WAS FORMED OUT OF WATER (WATER=Hydrogen2Oxygen=God Particle=LIFE) AND BY WATER (HOLY SPIRIT of the FATHER YAHWEH).
    2) Genesis 3 Verse 8: That evening, Adam and Eve heard the Lord God WALKING (God has LEGS) in the Garden, and they hid from Him among the trees. But the Lord God CALLED OUT (God has a MOUTH and a VOICE) to the man, "Where are you?" (God was LOOKING for Adam and Eve, so God has EYES). Genesis 18 Verse 1 and 2: The Lord (1) appeared to Abraham at the sacred trees of Mamre. As Abraham was sitting at the entrance of his tent during the hottest part of the day, he looked up and saw *THREE MEN STANDING THERE*(3).
    Genesis 28 Verses 12 and 13: Jacob dreamt that he saw a stairway reaching from Earth to Heaven, with angels going up and coming down on it. And there was the Lord STANDING (God has FEET) beside him. "I AM the Lord, the God of Abraham and Isaac."
    Genesis 32 Verse 30: Jacob said, "I have SEEN God face to face (God has a FACE), and I am still alive."

    Isaiah 7 Verse 14: Well, then, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: a young woman (Virgin) who is pregnant will have a Son and will Name Him 'Immanuel' (God with Us). Our Lord JESUS Christ is God with Us.

    Zachariah 10 Verse 1: Ask the Lord for RAIN (WATER=Hydrogen2Oxygen=God Particle=LIFE) in the spring of the year. It is the Lord who sends RAIN CLOUDS and SHOWERS (WATER=Hydrogen2Oxygen=God Particle=LIFE), making the fields green for everyone.
    Zachariah 14 Verse 17: If any nation refuses to go and worship the Lord Almighty as KING, then RAIN (WATER=Hydrogen2Oxygen=God Particle=LIFE) will not fall on their land.
    So, if you want India to flourish with the Blessings of WATER, then you will have no choice but to Worship the True Living God, YAHWEH the HOLY SPIRIT, Who is present in Our Lord JESUS Christ. If not.. your beautiful Country with it's beautiful people will die because of a lack of WATER just like all Muslim Countries have turned into a DESERT. (WATER=LIFE). JESUS says, "I AM the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE" (John 14 Verse 6). And in another part of the Scripture Jesus says, "Whoever is thirsty should come to me and drink. Whoever BELIEVES in me, streams of LIFE-GIVING WATER will pour out from his heart."

    Middle East and Eastern pagan religions will not help the people at all. The Time is running out, and the next War will be because of WATER.. So what YOU going to do?
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

  47. Jose Luis Borrageiro says:

    Scientists say that the most abundant Element in the Universe is Hydrogen. The name "Hydrogen" was given to the Gas Element way back in 1783 by Antoine Lavoisier. The most Hydrogen is found in Stars and the Sun. Planets like Jupiter also have large percentages of Hydrogen.
    The part that boggles my mind, is.. How did Saint Peter know that the heavenly bodies and the Earth was formed out of WATER 2000 Years ago? (H2o=Hydrogen2Oxygen/ 2 Peter 3 Verses 5 to 12) and by WATER (Holy Spirit/ 1 John 5 Verses 6 to 12). I mean, Saint Peter was only a fisherman and a Holy Disciple of JESUS. Saint Peter was no Scientist and he did not have any Telescope? How did Saint Peter know about "heavenly bodies" or planets made out of Hydrogen, an Element present in WATER?
    Scientists, who actually many of whom are Atheists, are actually proving the Holy Bible to be True. The only way Saint Peter could've known these things 2000 years ago, is that Almighty God, the Holy Spirit of YAHWEH showed it to Him. The same Holy Spirit of the Father YAHWEH that was in Our Lord JESUS Christ.
    Amen?
    //

  48. Tyger Yoshi says:

    #hopeforthehumanrace

  49. Vic toews says:

    Pollution per capita isn't discussed. Would you be surprised if per capita USA is the worst polluter. If you are surprised you must be an American because the rest of the world knows.

  50. Sanxu Yu says:

    China is a developing country, we should not "in the driver seat" on global climate changing project.
    Why not do a research on your own U.S. or, Singapore? and tell us what you can do, instead of quit quit quit.

  51. Sanxu Yu says:

    take a look at another TED talks by Martin Jacques. https://youtu.be/imhUmLtlZpw

  52. William Hughes-Games says:

    In so far as the pollution is from smoke stacks of coal fired power stations and metal refining plants, the solution was solved in America around the 1950's. They installed electrostatic precipitators and sulfur scrubbers into the stacks and the air pollution was hugely decreased. Does China install these??

  53. dong nick says:

    Americans had most car, and consume most goods

  54. Joanne Mercader says:

    Panda!!!

  55. Green Daniel says:

    The U.S.'s leaving from the Paris Accord provides China with a valuable opportunity to take on the vacuum of global leadership in environment-protecting. And, definitely, Chinese influence on the world overall, gets more enhanced as a result.

  56. superhanfeng says:

    10:00 not sure if one can conveniently conclude that China is exporting pollution when it is funding coal-fired power plant in developing countries. For example, without the power plant, individual consumers in those countries may buy cheap sulfur-enriched coal for heating in winter, and nobody, government or entities can do anything about it. With power plant in place, it can be mandated that the plant should use cleaner, low sulfur coal to generate electricity (now a lot of leverages can be used to make sure such mandate happens). And now individual consumers can use electricity to generate heat. In total, it would still be cleaner than before.

  57. jy536551 says:

    中国在这方面比美国好

  58. Dark Vadertrauebrein says:

    Chinese propaganda.

  59. Dan Nguyen says:

    Nice job China! They invest in the so called Silk Road to destroy other countries environmentally. They bring many old technology coal power plants to Vietnam to destroy that country as well. :'(

  60. P. A. Andrews says:

    China is still a good forty or fifty years behind what actually needs to be done to be helpful! To see and hear all of the scientific data that has been gathered by the best environmental scientist of our times go to GeoengineeringWatch.org. TO hear a weekly update from the host Dane Wingington see his YouTube channel for a weekly update from Global Alert NEWS. More than 1,500 different scientists working on this one site to give the best and most informative and up to date news on abrupt climate change / global warming.

    On top of it she was trying to compare it with countries that they outpopulate and a lot!

  61. Sebastian Kierkegaard says:

    I love TED!

  62. Dish says:

    Just saying those bikes are really good cause there is really less cars and more bikes

  63. Champ says:

    trusting china statistics, trusting china?

  64. manduva advait says:

    Salute to xi jinping and Chinese people for their war against pollution. I wish every country should learn and replicate it.

  65. Ryan VanGelder says:

    Bye a BYD, hybrid or Tesla too, 👍

  66. T2 says:

    Lol, the world is not perfect. Can i buy cars who run on tap water?!

  67. High school Hottie says:

    A plant by the CCP it seems – trying to make friendly a country that has no pollution rules – and its main cities are 22 times the particulate matter pollution of ANY of the other Tokyo's, Los Angeles, New York etc.               Great for this young lady to be a nationalist, but solar power, wind power , any tech re hydro, tide and especially deed geothermal power (not mentioned by her of course, ocean acidification – carbonic acid killing the seas' plankton which makes 2/3's of the air you breathe as you read this) nor did she mention a KEY part of China's WAY AHEAD OF ANYONE ELSE CARBON DIOXIDE )EMISSIONS) —————— CO2 is the killer in the late Permian, the Devonian period extinction etc. – AND TODAY MANMADE CO2 IS THE MAIN KILLER! ************* AND CHINA IS THE MAIN EXPORTER OF THE COAL PLANTS SHE MENTIONED! :):) ———- AND CHINA IS THE MAIN USER OF COAL-FIRE ENERGY, SO 'THE' MAIN POLLUTER ('BY FAR' [AS SHE LIKES TO SAY, HA HA]) ON EARTH RIGHT NOW TODAY , 'BY FAR' HA HA, IS CHINA … !     (***And please, china, stop paying this Vancouverite girl her fees to promote your main-polluter , don't have laws 'country!    …………

  68. 鄧Deng says:

    站着说话不腰疼,什么叫做中国出口污染?怎么就不该建火电厂了?印度嫌石油贵,国内又有用电的需求,刚好用很多煤矿资源。建煤电厂两厢情愿,合情合理。台湾台中也有煤电厂呢。
    说到中国主要用落后的煤矿,怎么不提中国的核能发电量也是世界第一?只顾喷煤的污染 确不提清洁能源的严苛条件限制。就是个双标

  69. Y Cheung says:

    I am really concern about the radioactive waste and biochemical weapon from previous world war…

  70. K.B says:

    first stop human population and drop human count . too many humans are still big issue

  71. Star Young says:

    China exported coal power plants to those countries which is lacking of electricty! comparing to polluted air, i think the people prefer to get electricty to improve daily life quality

  72. jorge pearl says:

    if USA doesn't lead in climate change, I hope China does, if not we are all doomed

  73. Ultimate Spider-man says:

    please focus also on fresh and sea and ocean pollution killing fish and damaging eco sys

  74. Takai Akai says:

    Ok, my two bits. 1) Why don't the graphs at 7:06 & 7:20 match? If the better air quality is leading people to live longer, why is the higher life expectancy actually in areas that seem to be more polluted? 2) China's population itself being so huge, if we consider them in terms of global percentages, they will always be in the lead. 3% of US citizens & 3% of PRC citizens are not the same number. Rather than comparing the global contribution to Green Jobs (where a more populous nation will always have the upper hand), it would be more effective to consider the domestic ratios of each individual nation. What percent of the total population of a nation is involved in Green Jobs? I'm sure we'll have a different picture. I recently saw a YouTube advertorial by the PRC Government (idk why it showed up on my phone) which said that "the poor rate in China has dropped" & there was a little line plotted in the middle of the screen heading downwards, but the number on the higher end to the left was 4.45 & the number on the lower end to the right was 7.something & there were no axes drawn. I almost missed that in the flow of the ad & ads don't rewind. Never trust propaganda numbers. They might just be turning the laws of statistics upside down.

  75. Jerry Zhao says:

    Why do I see she is blamed to be biased both ways? People, finish watching.

  76. barry weber says:

    Interesting topic as well as great talk.

  77. Hansheng Zhou says:

    Don’t tell me that China just organized the world ,Greenpeace and the media here to critisize his own mass pollution 10 years ago, pretending to be butthurt about its critsism, then admitting his deadly smog, in order to believe in his own Made hoax. Also, i think its funny how people think all Americans are like trump, after 8 years of Obama. People really lack memories.

  78. R M says:

    China is making progress in terms of clean energy but USA just want to blame others and continue making pollutions.

  79. Beautiful Korea says:

    I am not sure whether China is really interested in fighting air pollution. They always say that they are fighting. But it is not getting any better.

  80. Ryan Ehlis says:

    Climate change, lol?? Not a thing

  81. Seven Ellen says:

    Save us China! Sell us your clean green energy! Buy electric cars to solve your C02 and fossil fuels problems. Go Green and Go Vegan! ^_^

  82. Seven Ellen says:

    Leadership isn't coming from the UK either. 🙁 I'm desperate for everyone to take action themselves, to go as green as possible to do EVERYTHING they can.

  83. Richard Brubaker says:

    Sustainability in China isn't limited to its energy consumption, and moving from under 1% solar, and 2% wind, is not going to be enough. This is a story about urban development, and resources required, and catalysts for change that come from the people themselves.

    In many ways, this is setting up the foundation for entrepreneurs and innovators who will bring innovative solutions to the market. A market, which will grow and scale throughout, and ultimately from, of China.

    It's an exciting place to be as a sustainability professional!
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF105rTSW_usV8_YbAcvamQ

  84. Wilson Zhou says:

    well done china

  85. Yolanda Cowan says:

    It is really good news on pollution reduction but fine particulate pollution also reduces temperature… So reducing it contributes to warming.. Not to say that it shouldn't happen but this effect needs to be understood.

  86. Rahmat Maftuh Ihsan says:

    I'm Rahmat from Indonesia. Can I have this presentation for my research? Thanks before

  87. P89_X Star says:

    You did not mention China is investing BIG TIME, in 4th-Gen nuclear reactors based primarily on a U.S. design from Alvin Weinberg's Molten Salt Reactor (MSR). It was developed in the '50s-60's but then SHELVED in favor of PWR's, a different type of reactor, with more risks and plutonium for bombs. The 4th-Gen is inherently safe (i.e. shuts itself off if there is a coolant problem). Note that Fukushima, TMI, & Chernobyl were all very old gen reactors. The country able to build a 4-Gen reactor and put it on its grid would be the envy of the world. Google using search words: Thorium molten salt reactor. China is said to have at least 400 engineers working on this. If it reaches fruition, they plan on replacing all coal based electric generators with this. Many other countries are also considering this new type of nuclear reactor.

  88. bukan kaleng kaleng says:

    China must play plant tree in android -_-

  89. Robin Wu Lei says:

    Don't understand where all these dislikes/haters from..

  90. marco mac says:

    China creating tech for the world, give me a break they are stealing all technology from every one
    while asking for protection in Western countries.

  91. YEETED BEATED says:

    But the chinese is the main reason why Co2 emmisions are raising the temperature this renewable energy is very nice but its very bad for the global environment

  92. savagex466 says:

    Climate change by nature is more dangouros its not like the Dinos were driveing diessil trucks lol

  93. Nick Wan says:

    China had already destroyed many deserts already guys

  94. LILI WANG says:

    I hope the Chinese government can go on working with the other countries and pushing forward the movement for a better world for our future generation.

  95. LILI WANG says:

    At the level of people, we Chinese also need to think more and inform ourselves more about what thing we can do so as to reduce pollution. We do have a lot of problems existing such as take-out meals OVERPACKED in many ways.

  96. Cody Shi says:

    Well said. If China can do it. So can the US!
    🇨🇳 🇺🇸

  97. David Jackson says:

    China's coal consumption may have reached a peak in 2013.

    I reached my peak consumption of Drum and Bass in 2013. What is china doing now? Does china care that western children are rejecting education to save polar bears (who are at record high numbers)?

  98. MikeCharlieAlpha says:

    They need Greta. Oh they’ll kill her? Right

  99. LaLaGrunge says:

    You import the third world and you become the congested, densely populated places they fled. America approaching 330 million people. It’s a sick coincidence.

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