A steady stream of bad news over the past year has brought China's environmental woes into clearer focus.
To point out the country's run-away energy demand, speakers at clean-tech conferences often say that China is building one coal-fired power plant a week.
Air and water quality are health issues. And China's skyrocketing energy consumption raises greenhouse gas levels, a matter of concern for everyone.
Even in the supposedly clean industry of solar power, there has been trouble. A recent Washington Post investigation unearthed toxic chemical dumping at a Chinese solar cell manufacturing plant.
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