Part One

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China Daily. Government on target for reduced pollution in2017, 17 Nov. 2015.

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The article expresses concern over the increasing air pollution inChina. The level of ozone concentrations has increased. Despitegovernment efforts to reduce pollution, it is apparent that chemicalemissions to the air are still released at alarming rates. Citiessuch as Shenyang have experienced heavy smog. Ozone concentrationsare a consequence of complex photochemical reactors. The intricacymakes it tricky to assess the level of poisonous gases released tothe air hence, enhancing the intricacy in government controlled airemissions. Increased harm to the ozone layer poses a health risk tocivilians. As a result, government has taken measures to reduce thelevel of smog, for instance, the movement against smog launched in2013. The article is a discussion on the theme of environment. Theauthor warns on the increasing harm of air pollution to the ozonelayer and recommends the need for more strict measures towardssafeguarding the environment.

People’s Daily. China has more than one dwelling unit foreach household on average, 16 Nov. 2015. &lthttp://en.people.cn/n/2015/1116/c98649-8977471.html&gt

The urban population in China has been on the rise. This is becauseof the increasing demand for urban housing owing to an increase inthe working population. As 2014 was coming to an end, the country hadabove “20 billion square meters of household-dwelling units” aswell as a mean of above one dwelling unit for every householdresiding in town. In 2015, the construction of housing units to caterfor the increasing demand has enhanced. Nevertheless, in prospect itis expected that the demand for housing units will decline. This isbecause the figure of individuals purchasing homes is anticipated todrop by 10% in the coming five years. The article highlights thetheme of population. It informs of population distribution in China’stowns as at now as well as in the next five years.

Xinhua. China gets better at monitoring its emissions: US expert.People’s Daily, 12 Nov. 2015.

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The article talks about China’s improved dedication towardssafeguarding the environment. The country’s provinces as well astowns have had to deal with immense levels of air pollution. Most ofthis pollution is a result of widespread use of coal in industrialactions. Coal results in massive emission of carbon dioxide, which isa constituent of air pollution. As a result, China is advocating forthe use of alternative energy sources like wind, solar and hydroamong others that result in minimal harmful gas emissions. China hascollaborated with other nations in the continued effort towardsenvironmental safeguard. Some of the government’s strategiesinvolve a coal cap. The article’s theme is environment. The authorfocuses specifically on increased pollution in China and continuedefforts to curb pollution.

Xinhua. Tibet plateau as clean as North Pole: report. People’sDaily, 19 Nov. 2015.

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Research conducted by seventy scientists concludes that there hasbeen an increase in natural calamities on the Tibetan plateau.According to the scientists, the plateau seems to be getting morewarm and moist. Glacier is fading away fast. From the 1950s, airpollutants in the form of black carbon, near the Tibetan region haveincreased resulting in climate change. The plateau now has thegreatest level of black carbon. The article further notes the needtowards urgent measures to protect the plateau and its surrounding.Continued human activity continued to increase the risk of naturalcalamities. However, efforts like China’s closing of organizationsthat did not meet environmental standard requirements to operate inthe Tibet region, promise to reduce pollution. The theme apparent inthe article is on environment. It focuses on the dangers of continuedpollution to the environment.

Xinhua. Tough battle ahead against smog. People’s Daily, 5 Nov.2015.

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The continued burning of coal, in addition to industry releases hasresulted in the covering of China’s towns with smog. The mostaffected cities have been Beijing, Hebei and Tianjin. This has beenthe worst case of smog in China. The outcome has been increasedhealth warnings and concerns. The author demonstrates that thegovernment continues to face the tough task of controlling pollution.Despite prohibitions on burning coal and company emissions, theactivities continue to be the main causes of smog. Smog reduction isbecoming more difficult. Prohibition laws need to be backed bysubsidies. A lot of funds will be needed in financing the shift fromcoal to electricity by industries. The theme is environment. This isbecause the article discusses widespread pollution in China,especially the recent case of smog.

Yinan, Gao. China has over 200 Million Middle Class People. People’sDaily, 18 Nov. 2015.

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According to Yinan, the middle class population in China hastremendously increased when compared to other nations such as Americaand Japan. The article indicates that 204 million citizens from Chinahave wealth that ranges from $50,000 to $500,000. At the same time,for the middle class, there wealth amounts to trillions. However, itis important to note that when compared to other nations, the wealthof China’s middle class is lower. The author also notes thatdespite the increasing middle class population, many adults are yetto meet the requirements of middle class. The article fits the themeof population by indicating that there has been a rise in a specificsocial class in China. Every population is divided into differentsocial classes. By depicting the rising middle class population inChina, it becomes possible to understand the distribution of wealthamong the different social classes.

Part Two

The articles evaluate the issues of population and environment inChina. The recent events in turn illustrate the process ofglobalization. Globalization has been a contributor in the movementof people to urban areas. This is because of the constant search fora better life. Hence, people move to areas where it is possible toget employment, and as a result settle in those places. In mostcases, these places are usually urban areas. According to the article“China has more than one dwelling unit for each household onaverage”, the number of household units in China has been on therise. Most of these household units are in urban regions and largelyoccupied by the working population. Notably, the working populationalso moves to towns with their families. As a result, most householdsoccupy more than a single housing unit.

Globalization is also attributed with the rise of social classes insociety. People live in a society where they compete for similarresources. Some have more access to the resources, while others donot. Hence, it is not possible to have a society that is equal interms of wealth distribution. This has contributed to the emergenceof social classes in most countries. China is no exception and justlike other countries, society is divided into high, middle and lowsocial class. However, a recent issue in the country has been therise in the middle class population. In the article “China has over200 Million Middle Class People” Yinan acknowledges that there hasbeen a notable increase in the middle class population. The authorcompares the increase to other nations like American and the US. Therise could be linked to China’s continued globalization.

Apart from causing changes to the population, globalization has ledto increased industrial activities in most countries. As the demandfor products increases so does the manufacture of these products.Increased industrial and human activity has a negative effect on theenvironment. For instance, in China, most industries still depend onusing coal as an energy source. The burning of coal results inimmense release of carbon dioxide to the environment. This in turnleads to air pollution. Air pollution is evident in China owing tothe rise in smog in most cities. In addition, the release of CO2 hasbeen a contributor to climatic changes due to changes in the ozonelayer. Some natural resources such as the Tibetan Plateau have beenexposed to years of pollution leading to a rise in naturalcalamities.

Many countries have been experiencing enhancing environmentalpollution. This has caused governments to work together in curbingactivities that contribute to pollution. China has joined othercountries in these efforts. The country has also been encouraging theuse of alternative energy sources, which cause minimal harmful gasemissions, through the coal cap. However, it is apparent that theefforts have not been fruitful, especially following the recent casesof smog. There are serious perils to human health in addition to theperil of increased natural calamities that make environmentalprotection very significant. In line with the increasing industrialactivity because of globalization, China must implement more strictand effective measure to stop pollution. As suggested by Xinhua in“Tough battle ahead against smog”, China should considersubsidizing companies to ensure they begin using electricity, whichwill speed up environmental protection.

Works Cited

China Daily. Government on target for reduced pollution in2017, 17 Nov. 2015.

&lt http://en.people.cn/n/2015/1117/c90000-8977792.html&gt

People’s Daily. China has more than one dwelling unit foreach household on average, 16 Nov. 2015. &lthttp://en.people.cn/n/2015/1116/c98649-8977471.html&gt

Xinhua. China gets better at monitoring its emissions: US expert.People’s Daily, 12 Nov. 2015.

&lt http://en.people.cn/n/2015/1112/c90000-8975425.html&gt

Xinhua. Tibet plateau as clean as North Pole: report. People’sDaily, 19 Nov. 2015.

&lt http://en.people.cn/n/2015/1119/c90000-8979074.html&gt

Xinhua. Tough battle ahead against smog. People’s Daily, 5 Nov.2015.

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Yinan, Gao. China has over 200 Million Middle Class People. People’sDaily, 18 Nov. 2015.

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