China’s Next Big Boom Could Be the Foul Air – New York Times
This article talks about the huge environmental problem facing China. I see the problem every day here in Shantou. It’s incredibly bad in the city center and along roadways. I would consider getting a surgical mask if I went in the city any more often than I do now. The beautifully refreshing winds of Shantou University quickly change on the busride into the city where partially cloudy can turn into smoggy.
The English Festival last year featured the Speech Contest final on “Economy and the Environment.” I think that’s a great topic since it’s not the economy “versus” the environment because the two can go hand in hand. This year’s Speech Contest topic is “Growth and Stability.” Try that on for vague.