Resource efficiency: economics and outlook for China

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (2013)

China's rate of economic development and social progress in recent decades has been extraordinarily rapid. As is generally the case when a nation industrializes and urbanizes, Chinas rapidly improving material standards of living have come with a greatly increased per capita demand for natural resources, and a corresponding increase in the environmental pressures associated with extracting, processing, and using these natural resources.

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