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against enormous odds, a chinese official is trying to green up his city

by:Xingfa      2019-10-30
Rizhao, China-facing Japan across the Yellow Sea from South Korea and the peninsula, the name of the resort town comes from an old poem --
Zhao Richu, or \"get the sunshine first \".
Today, 3 million citizens enjoy the early morning sun, the beach, the sea breeze and a variety of amenities, including a modern apartment with TV and hot water.
The men and women who rule Rizhao have renewed hope for the small city: making it the first city in China and the world to emit greenhouse gases through technical restoration and tree planting.
At present, the city\'s greenhouse gases are mainly from coal and cars.
\"The city will try to achieve carbon neutral,\" said Fan Changwei, a middle-level person.
An old lawyer, who holds leadership positions at the local EPA and helps lead this seemingly impractical job.
He\'s like a tall, thin chimney on the local coal.
As long as time permits, he will burn as many cigarettes as possible, not coal.
He added, \"I don\'t know when we will succeed, but we will move forward in this way.
\"Sunshine is just one of the few places in the world --
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Arendal, Norway, Melbourne, Australia, and Colombia.
This even tries to balance the carbon dioxide they emit on a daily basis, and the same greenhouse gas is called out by fans in all cigarette smoke.
Local communist cadres who run the city believe that the transition from leadership to a cleaner economy will help drive economic growth and their careers.
Rizhao, like most cities in China, is developing to build skyscrapers and apartment buildings in long, low-rise buildings that make up old houses and businesses in Rizhao.
The local mayor later became vice governor of Shandong province because he succeeded in creating the so-called \"circular economy\", which may be the answer to China\'s challenge to climate change, it may also be a way to build a lasting human world.
As an explanation, fan pointed out: \"It is very important to save money . \".
Circular economy is a simple concept, but it is difficult to do it in practice: no waste.
For example, in the Jinma Industrial Park, the residue of a process-such as producing citric acid for soda-becomes a raw material for another process.
The whole park is filled with the smell of Acid mud particles, and the air is filled with a rotating roar.
The key ingredient is a special \"biogas digester\" from the Netherlands, essentially the industrial stomach that converts corn and sweet potatoes into citric acid, smelly water and residual grains.
The waste pool emits methane, which Chinese engineers call biogas, which is most easily captured.
The industrial stomach makes 25,000 m³ of biogas a day, and there are 10 similar businesses in the whole small city.
In order to run six generators to generate electricity, the biogas was burned.
The waste heat generated by this process is used to warm the local building.
As for the remaining corn, sweet potatoes and cassava, these are the feed of animals.
Encouraged by government subsidies to pay at least half of the cost of installation, more than 80 such biogas digesters in villages around Rizhao help families driven by pig or fox feces.
In the greenhouse where vegetables are grown everywhere, some biogas is burned to keep the temperature warm and kill pests.
In the future, it is hoped that the biogas can be fully utilized and even used as fuel for vehicles that have doubled their growth on Rizhao streets.
\"It\'s not too difficult to compress biogas,\" Fan said . \".
But it\'s expensive.
With more efficient stoves alone, farmers can recover at least 1,500 yuan (about $230)
A large part of the farmer\'s family\'s annual income.
The circular economy is an old concept in China, as old as human manure collectors, who sell the city\'s feces to farmers as fertilizer for fields.
Fan pointed out: \"Organic fertilizer is much better than fertilizer . \" He added that organic fertilizer was used to grow \"famous tea\" in the area, the northernmost tea in China.
Circular economy is synonymous with \"thrift.
Traditional values around the world.
After all, as anyone who has experienced a great depression can prove, the poor do not produce much garbage.
\"The economy is very important,\" Fan said . \"
In this sense, aluminum cans may be the ultimate goal of the circular economy: to recycle endlessly without reducing the quality, and to save a lot of large-
The energy needed to make aluminum from the bauxite ore.
Everything else is a bit complicated.
People like Fan produce more products by using less energy, recycle the energy wasted in one process to drive another process and get energy from cleaner resources, thus
Such as replacing coal with solar, wind, biogas and even nuclear energy.
The economy of small cities is built around freight ports and manufacturing: electronic and electrical systems for automobile, furniture, paper, textile and food processing.
Fan\'s working days include law enforcement-fines are imposed on companies that pollute too much, and sometimes even close them.
But all this is for a reason, because helping farmers get out of poverty through cities remains China\'s overall strategy: political stability through economic growth.
On a recent Rizhao tour, fan and I drove from Qingdao airport to the city on a newly planted poplar-lined highway.
\"Trees are also good for carbon neutral,\" Fan said with a smile . \".
Government officials have to learn the hard way to plant all the same trees, which makes them easy to be killed by a pest.
Now, the government has planted a variety of plants, although they are still on the same rigid line and can easily be separated from random scattering zones of more natural forests.
To find more concrete material to make concrete foundations on smooth roads or elsewhere, movers and mechanical shovels have gone deep into the slopes here.
Geological features themselves seem to be collapsing, and there are no trees on those distant mountains.
Erosion is everywhere.
The local crops are mainly wheat and peanuts, Fan said.
Everything is cultivated in tiny human beings.
Rectangular drawing of dimensions.
This is the amount of land a farmer\'s family can work on, and it is also a sign of this deep work --over landscape.
The solitary chimney came out of the brick kilns of the peasants.
In all the kilometres between the airport and Rizhao, No 1 cm of the land was marked by human hands except for some stones on the mountain.
China has become an enthusiastic participant in globalization, kicked off by the British Empire and brought into its current state of mutual connection by the United States.
The signposts on these sparkling new highways have both Chinese characters and Roman letters spelling English words.
China\'s air pollution caused by globalization
Whether it\'s invisible carbon dioxide that warms the Earth, or applying tiny soot particles in the sky --
The worst in the world.
Beijing\'s air quality index has been close to 500 in some days. In the U. S.
Even forest fires, coupled with the smoke of cars and the smoke of power plants, are rarely at levels up to 300.
This is the world.
The famous \"airpoc \".
\"Supporters of the pollution apocalypse.
Over the years, before the market for Rizhao, carbon neutral and becoming fashionable new things, our goal is to curb dust and sulfur dioxide and eliminate water pollution.
So far, Van and his colleagues have not done this.
\"It\'s not easy,\" Fan said of environmental protection, as an economic giant and a global superpower, China is trying to grow at the fastest pace. “We will try.
And managed to do it. . . something.
Modern Beijing is burning, and its sky is covered with smoke, turning the afternoon into dusk.
The burning soup is even filtered into the airport terminal, which is shaped like a mythical dragon-no doubt a fire --breather.
The sweetness of diesel and gasoline in the parking lot was a relief.
The soup from all the contamination may be developed with a taste, and a look of the morning peach haze progress.
This is the price of an economic project that lifted hundreds of millions of farmers out of poverty.
In China, 1981 of the population lives on less than $1. 25 a day.
2008, about 0. 66 billion Chinese
Or twice the entire population of the United States. S. —
With the help of the nominal communist government and their own courage, they have worked hard to get rid of this extreme poverty.
My flight from the United StatesS.
For China, it is not just the intersection of international date lines.
I traveled more than half.
Over the past century, in Donola, Pennsylvania, a deadly smog killed 20 people, and the Pittsburgh sky was dark at noon.
If there is another way to get rich, China has not yet found it.
China now lives in the past, a Dickens-style steampunk science
A sci-fi drama in Mandarin with high heels and disfigured orphans.
Under the rule of the Empire, life in Beijing continues, just like everyone else before-taxi drivers gamble and laugh cards, the old man whispered in a shuffle --jongg tiles.
The children play on the street. in the old alley called hutong, a group of young boys are already smoking.
The difference is that the wires leading to the hutong and the colorful majestic gate, even if the weeds stretch out everywhere in the roof tiles of the rapidly gentle area.
There are ambitious but not lasting attempts to build an ecosystem
The cities of China-Huangbaiyu, Dongtan and Tianjin.
First of all, it may be Dongtan, or it may be the \"Dongtan\" on Chongming Island, crossing the Yangtze River estuary from Pudong district, Shanghai.
Although there is a bridge and a tunnel between Chongming and Shanghai, no city can find trouble in the swamps there. This is good for birds who use them as one of the few landing spaces in China. This city-in-a-
Due to its circular economy, Marsh promises to produce a small amount of garbage, rely on sufficient sea breeze to generate electricity, and only allow vehicles that emit carbon dioxide from exhaust gas, such as hydrogen or electric vehicles.
Hundreds of pages of plans, maps, charts, and even a beautiful coffee table book elaborate in great detail on the internal workings of this eco-center: Energy
Efficient Buildings come together to facilitate the walk of 50 residents per acre, organic farms around new developments in food and power plants driven by rice shells that also heat homes.
Even the birds will find a comfortable home in the canals and ponds, bringing the surrounding wetlands into the design of the city.
Dongtan was supposed to be finished by the time the expo was held in Shanghai in 2010, but it is still a dream and swamp, probably due to corruption arrests by local governments and developers Champions, it may also be because of its unrealistic fantasy.
Dongtan is a village of Potemkin that is not even built.
Rizhao is also an experimental area of ecological civilization.
A coastal city with closed docks is essentially a tourist community.
Last year, 27 million Chinese, mainly from inland provinces, visited the sea.
However, the carbon dioxide emitted by tourists from Anhui, Henan, Hubei and Shaanxi to Rizhao is not counted.
Nevertheless, all these tourists mean that the example of sunshine may spread.
Perhaps the human world should be renamed in Mandarin or Sanskrit.
The burden of development is nothing more than saving the world.
In 2004, the city, which \"took the lead in getting the Sun\", used the sun to heat the water.
Landscape Hotel (Mountain Water)
Install solar hot water-
There is water from Tsinghua University on the roof.
The glass tube with black carbon inside absorbs the heat of the sun and transfers it to the water.
Now this solar heat
The water heater is the law and there is a water heater on the roof of each new building.
Natural gas is cheap, but even if the system costs at least 4,000 yuan, the sun is free (nearly $600).
In addition, according to Fan and the local meteorological bureau, Rizhao also gained a considerable share-260 days of sunshine.
\"That\'s why we install solar energy,\" he explained . \"
Still, on the day I visited the Shanshui Hotel, it was raining in Sunshine City.
For a world with less coal, solar power generation may be the key.
China is home to most photovoltaic products in the world.
With more than 500 companies competing to produce solar technology, China has seen the rise and fall of at least one Sun King.
However, even if solar energy is getting cheaper and cheaper, solar energy is still too expensive for most Chinese.
\"If you want to produce solar energy, the cost is very high,\" Fan explained . \".
\"But we can use this technology in the future.
\"This future can be seen on some of the lampposts in Rizhao, which use solar energy to illuminate the waterfront at night.
Sunshine now has more than a million solar heat.
The water heater on the roof of the new building.
The glass tube with black carbon inside absorbs the heat of the sun and transfers it to the water.
Fortunately, according to Fan and the local meteorological bureau, the Sunshine received a considerable amount of sunshine: 260 days of sunshine.
Like the East Beach of imaginationtoo-
Tianjin\'s real pollution, Rizhao has a plan: an ecological city construction plan written by members of the China Academy of Science and technology development.
It\'s not just clean energy and circular economy.
The loan from the World Bank has created a world in the city.
Primary sewage treatment facilities with chlorine and reverse osmosis are designed to clean or at least clean the water discharged into the ocean.
Sunshine is between tourism and industry, especially ports.
The most polluted industries have moved from cities to the surrounding countryside.
They hit the village but made the sunshine a step closer to carbon neutral.
However, in any larger plan, there is nothing \"far away\" that can be thrown away;
Pollution from factories in suburban cities will eventually affect the city.
In a sense, climate change is a new field of war between local governments focusing on the development of local economy, while the central government focuses on maintaining social stability at all costs.
According to Frank, fan, unlike other officials, was an amiable young man who accompanied me to Rizhao for the second time.
Frank is his English name. he chose the name because he wanted to confess. Twenty-
At the age of eight, he covered his wide face with a baseball cap.
He smiled brightly, revealing his non-smoking white teeth, which are relatively rare among Chinese men.
He complained about being too fat.
Frank has been trained in science and is now working in history and literature in a small publishing house just because there are too few jobs for physicists.
He is a loyal believer in free market and Austrian economics, and a member of the Communist Party, almost constantly criticizing his party.
This is the case with modern China.
\"If you think you have a huge government in the United StatesS.
Come here, \"said Frank.
The latest part of Rizhao is the former lagoon, which now has venues for luxury hotels, docks and local bourgeois weddings.
In the early 2000 s, it took only four years for Rizhao to fill the 9-square-kilometer lagoon and renovate and build it.
More than one-
Sunshine spread throughout the quarter.
This is far from the only useful waste reuse.
Circular economy.
The fly ash left by the local power plant after burning coal is turned into bricks, cement, and even coal slag blocks for continuous apartment construction.
Garbage has even turned into energy, burning directly in Honolulu, where landfill sites and fuel are expensive.
However, there is still more waste in the land, in the water, in the air. Air pollution —dust and soot —
In winter, it rises from the North China Plain like steam in the lake.
The huge shadow of China completely masks the country, and the sky is blurred in yellow or blue depending on the type of pollution.
As the joke says: Smog is a deliberate conspiracy to keep China away from the eyes of spies on American satellites.
Too bad, it shortens the life of the Chinese themselves and travels all the way across the Pacific to the United StatesS.
The same path as the import wave, the manufacturing part of the import wave created the import wave.
Some of the smog is pollution from thousands of coal.
China has added power plants and millions of cars to its unparalleled economic growth over the past few decades.
But some are older: dust from the Gobi Desert and the tagramakan desert, the huge drought zone pushed forward in cities like Beijing, is only one or three of the largest earth engineering projects on Earth-
Northern forest belt project.
China began planting trees to control the desert in 1978.
The target is 100 billion trees as a Green Great Wall spanning 4,500 kilometers.
Kilometers north of China.
Its efficacy is still controversial, but no one can deny that the Chinese will do something big.
To reduce the daily burning of coal in China, China is planning other large projects: hundreds or more nuclear reactors and the world\'s largest wind farm dam.
Officials who manage China are often trained in engineers, so engineering solutions seem to appeal to them.
In a way, it reminds people of the United States and can-1950-
Be optimistic about science-think it can be used to solve social problems.
China is run by a triad of military, industrial and scientific progressive professionals who run the United StatesS.
In the quiet days of \"I Like Ike.
Xi Jinping received training in chemical engineering, Hu Jintao received training in water conservancy projects, and Wen Jiabao received training in earthwork projects.
The scientific movement also provides rubbish for dams in the western United States. S.
-Not all of this is necessary. china is repeating a mistake because local governments are eager to ensure jobs and money for these projects.
All of these nuclear power plants, wind farms and dams are the only hope that China will honor its promise to stop using the atmosphere as an open sewer.
This may be a faint hope.
As Frank said, large-scale construction
Outside the nuclear power plant, \"anything built in China is not safe.
Too much corruption.
\"This also applies to dams, where wind turbines often rotate without any use.
At Daya Bay, China\'s first nuclear reactor, in the South, an observation deck shows where the steel bars needed to reinforce the containment are left out, forcing a rethink and modification to support the reactor vessel in other ways.
Concrete docks may be proof of transparency and corruption, which allows construction companies to underestimate the number of steel bars needed, or to file a claim when saving money.
The first reactor ever built in China, located in Qinshan, Zhejiang province, had to be dismantled and rebuilt due to Foundation defects and welding defects.
Former President of China National Nuclear Corporation was sentenced to life imprisonment for corruption.
The growth that did not notice left a longlasting mark.
China is repeating coalto-
Gas errors, the establishment of conversion facilities and power plants for coal to natural gas, and given the large amount of coal in the country, it needs natural gas in order to reduce choking smoke and soot.
In addition to problematic stranded residues, converting coal into gas has the disadvantages of increasing carbon dioxide emissions, which is worse than burning coal directly.
This is not the only duplicate error.
China\'s chemical industry turns rivers into rainbow colors, and it is not uncommon to see a team of dead pigs on a waterway.
In June, Ma Yun, one of China\'s prominent environmental activists, said the rivers sometimes turn black because of the sewage.
Most of this pollution is not punished, and those who do cause anger from local, provincial or central governments will pay a fine, a small part of the profits gained from pollution.
\"It\'s getting harder to find clean water,\" Ma told me . \".
About 0. 3 billion people
Almost the entire population of the United States. S. —
No clean water still available, two more
Thirty of China\'s booming cities do not have enough water, which the government calls \"water-stressed.
\"The river is a dry mudflat with smaller streams that open up a path through muck or concentrated in a foul-smelling dead end.
The central government is building a huge viaduct that draws water from the Yangtze River and takes it to Beijing and beyond, a large project called the South
Forced 300,000 people to leave the North water diversion.
At the same time, the waterless urinal thanks the English-speaking customers for protecting the water, which is \"a scarce resource on Earth \".
Nevertheless, we have learned some lessons.
Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park is building a swamp to treat waste water and clean up chemical pollution in a habitat built for swamp creatures, like frogs and not people.
I took a few hours of Shanghai transportation to this small fake wetland in the suburbs.
Trees are everywhere.
There are clams and birds.
Dragonflies inhabit the edge of swamp grass, and towering wind turbines slowly rotate in the distance.
Crabs run aground under wooden bridges, and little tadpole swim with fish in several ponds.
Contaminated water flows at a rate of 22,000 per day at 30-
Hectares of artificial swamps that cause algae to breed in large quantities and are cleaned up to prevent plastic linings from infiltrating from the ground like partially buried garbage bags.
On one side of the water park is a village, and the life of the village is crawling, just like the man riding a bicycle through the wooden path of the swamp, the local farmer peeing on the wall.
Like the rest of China, there is a farm on any relatively flat piece of land, including terraced hillsides from Liaoning to Yunnan.
Foam plastic, plastic wrapping paper, and discarded Suntory beer cans are in this custom-built, green pool --built swamp.
On the other side is the China Petrochemical Research Institute, which contributes a lot to sewage.
The rest of the many chemical companies from the region: Air Liquide, BASF, Bayer, CITIC, DuPont, Foro, hagemayer, Huayi,
The problem is not the lack of technology, nor the lack of funds;
It lacks motivation, which is no different from the world\'s lack of willingness to deal with climate change.
On the bus back to Rizhao with Frank, we passed through Mount Tai, one of China\'s most sacred peaks.
Smog makes it almost invisible, although technically this is a \"blue sky day\" for the surrounding areas of Jinan \".
Small Farmer plots covered the countryside, dotted with occasional villages, some with beautiful doors on the houses representing new wealth, and some still poor.
Frank\'s duties to the Communist Party include working in such a poor village that likes the sewer system very much and Frank has no money.
Poverty alleviation can only be a window without funds.
On arrival, I shared a taxi with Frank from the bus stop in Rizhao to our hotel, which runs with such a large can of compressed natural gas and barely enough luggage space.
Refueling requires driving through the waiting line of the car, and then reversing into the trunk of the gas station. On a per-
In kilometers, natural gas is cheaper than oil in China, although it comes from Central Asia or Russia. The U. S.
Might talk aboutof-the-
But the Chinese do live like this.
There are more and more cars everywhere, and in some cities, including sunshine, it grows 20 or even 30% a year, excluding any hope --
Carbon and even haze reduction.
Frank believes that carbon neutral is possible in a rich Scandinavian country like Denmark.
But not in China.
There are too many things to do.
I met fan at a seafood restaurant.
In some ways, he looks younger than he did a few years ago, his hair humming and his body thin.
Maybe now he doesn\'t go to work by bike anymore and smoking helps him lose weight.
He claimed to have gained 5 kilos, but I can\'t see it.
As we eat, the ubiquitous television plays what Xi Jinping and the central government do in the fight against corruption, unrest and pollution.
Van is now working on \"total pollution control\", although this overall does not include carbon dioxide.
He acknowledged that in the current era of growth and industrialisation, there was no way even to curb any pollution.
Perhaps one day, he said, a cloud of smoke was coming out of another cigarette. But not now.
In the early 21 st century, many of China\'s clean-up efforts were abandoned halfway: green gross domestic product, green growth, and now probably carbon neutral.
Nowadays, people are talking about how to sacrifice growth for \"clean development\", but there are few signs of clean air and a lot of new coal --
Mass-produced power plants, port expansion, construction cranes and goods from cars to solar panels
Production line.
Like Frank can\'t get the money for the sewers in his village, van can\'t get the money for the pollution --
Control technology.
Factories can\'t afford to install their own pollution control devices, and environmental protection is resisted like anywhere, or as Fan says, not all owners are working together.
He said they wanted to be \"sneaky\" despite the emissions --
Monitoring techniques and new rules, including fines, may help.
Factories are easier to handle than volatile organic compounds released by more and more gas stations in the city.
The next day, over the East China Sea, peach and Li and the clear sunshine shone on us.
Mr. fan came to our hotel and had a friendly conversation with me.
When he tried to remember the past or some mysteries from the pollution control struggle, fan touched his ears.
He leaned back in his chair, remembering when the highest building in town was only five floors.
Now, thanks to investors from other provinces, several stories have reached 40 or more.
My taxi driver thinks all the new buildings are just sick hiding places
Gain from mining.
When the owner gets rich, the union gets cancer.
Coal afflicts every rural family that has lost its father, allowing Beijing residents to breathe polluted air, hurting their lives.
Rizhao ushered in villagers from the surrounding countryside and has now risen to 3 million.
However, high-rise apartment buildings prevent the intensive use of solar heat
The water heater, because the usable roof area is too small for all of these apartments.
People left their jobs before the sun had risen, and it was too early for solar heaters to heat the bath water.
When fan was young, the air was \"much better than it is now.
\"Yes, there has always been SEA haze in sunshine, but it is different from gray --
Today\'s smog.
Nevertheless, he opened a window for \"pollution --
In other words, so that he can smoke.
My friend Fan really doesn\'t care anymore about discussing carbon neutral plans or even climate change.
Instead, he highlighted the improvement of air and water pollution that he was concerned about.
That afternoon, fan returned with a driver on his \"0 0\" government license plate car and gave me a VIP tour of the port, the waterfront and other local attractions.
The first stop is to show that high-rise buildings can still use solar heatwater heaters —
Hang them on the balcony.
There are larger yachts on the dock, and any algae breeding is suppressed by the high autumn weather.
\"It\'s better than Qingdao,\" Frank said . \"
A bride in a bright red wedding dress took pictures in front of a charming boat.
On the other side of the city, a great (Plastic mesh)
A wall was built around the entire port to prevent iron ore and coal dust from blowing into the city.
Water trucks wander the streets and spray dust to prevent any dust from escaping.
To further reduce dust, the trucks loaded with dust have nets on top, which is something that has never happened in other cities, Frank said.
There are even several trucks using liquefied natural gas to reduce soot from diesel burning, a problem that plagues ports around the world.
According to Van, a huge conveyor belt is being built to remove iron ore and coal from the port, reducing truck trips by 20,000 per day.
After the visit, Frank and fan and I took a walk in Galaxy Park and had dinner.
The Milky Way is the Chinese name of the Milky Way, our hometown Milky Way.
This park is really an old quarry, turned into a pond, full of green, illuminated by solar lanterns.
The real galaxy is invisible, but I do see a star in the sky, this is my first time in a Chinese city.
Sunshine is different from gray --
A dazzling view of hell, for example, rare-
Heavy Baotou and smogsocked Beijing. But why?
Any government decree is only as good as their followers.
Let\'s talk about the pollution war. Rizhao’s coal-
Pollution in thermal power plants
Control technology for two of the four units.
Control measures for sulfur dioxide that led to heavy rains are slowly increasing.
Six kilns that produce cement locally have the technology to reduce smog.
Nitrogen oxides are formed, otherwise the chimney will rise.
Small boilers across the province have been shut down to support large, efficient boilers like large power plants.
Van described all of this as \"very tiring work.
However, even with control, the question remains whether the technology will be turned on.
This decision is closely related to the powerful power company Huaneng and its relationship with the central government, not anything that the municipal government may command.
In addition, despite all this solar heat, power plants must provide urban heat in winterwater heaters.
Rizhao and even Shandong provinces have no immediate prospect of switching from coal burning to natural gas-fired power generation, even if fracking technology appears in China in Sichuan province or elsewhere in the West.
Imports of natural gas from Russia are too expensive.
There is not enough biogas to illuminate a city.
There is also the fact that even with this control at large industrial sources, there is no point in emerging car fleets.
Therefore, although the number of pollution at Rizhao plant, power plant and port has declined due to the efforts of fan and his colleagues, \"air quality [is]
What\'s worse, \"admitted Van.
\"The main problem may be the vehicle.
Fan added that the car was \"beyond the control of the Sun\" and he dragged another cigarette.
In China, some of the necessary work is just to imagine a different future. The city is better built, people are happy, and life is beyond daily life.
The Chinese people will surely create the future they want to see.
The key to solving this problem is to see through fantasy.
Sunshine is not the first city to have sunshine.
Japan defeated it and, according to international rules, the capital of Samoa Appia was the first city in the world to bask in the sun every day.
But maybe sunshine can be the first place to make better use of the sun in China.
Meanwhile, mega cities in Beijing, Guangzhou and Zhenjiang have pledged to stop the growth of carbon dioxide pollution by 2020 --
The whole country plans to do the same by 2030.
Shandong province is now a pilot area of provincial circular economy.
If old Shandong can become a circular economy, then the whole of China may also become a circular economy.
For the rest of the world, the Chinese dream is not necessarily a nightmare.
There may be a better human world.
Just like a man in Tiananmen Square blocking a tank with a kind of courage, being single is like Fan and his fellow citizens throughout the country working tirelessly to fight against the dominance of the fossil fuel economy, and start to change it, a little bit at the beginning, but in a new direction, more and more.
This is a revised excerpt from David Biello\'s unnatural world: a race to reshape civilization in the latest age on Earth (
A Department of Simon and Schuster, Scribner2016).
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