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Can China’s ‘forest city’ cure pollution?

hina will soon introduce the world’s first “forest city,” one of many ways the country is trying to become greener. China is also ramping up its clean energy production. How is the country doing on its road to a more sustainable future?
3 months ago
Jia Guo

This “forest city” will eat away pollution in the southern city of Liuzhou. The city will be home to 30,000 people, 40,000 trees, and almost a million plants.

It is intended to absorb up to 10,000 tons of CO2 per year. China is stepping up to introduce greener policies at home.

It pledged to invest $361 billion in renewable energy by 2020. It also built a massive solar farm on land that looks like a giant panda and built the world’s largest floating solar panel collection.

In addition, in 2015, China installed half of the world’s new wind power. However, this doesn’t mean China is problem free.

Coal still fuels more than half of the country’s power capacity. Wind power technology isn’t as effective as it should be due to lower turbine quality and delayed connections to the grid.

Finally, many solar farms in remote locations still lack the infrastructure to put the energy they produce to good use.

By Jia Guo
Jia Guo is from the coastal city of Qingdao. She has an M.A. in multimedia journalism from NYU and has worked at Facebook and Bloomberg TV in New York City.
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