Towards A New Path of Industrialization

While the electric bicycle carrying a single driver is 15-20 times more efficient than a small car, China has plans in becoming one of the world's largest manufacturers of automobiles.

Published: 22-Jan-2006


India and China are threatening to become a real world menace as they join the industrialized nations in becoming major consumers of natural resources and polluters of local and global ecosystems, says the Worldwatch Institute in its State of the World 2006 report . Together, these two nations comprise about 40 percent of the world's population, and so if they follow the same path of industrial development that the U.S., Japan, and Europe went, the world is heading toward an environmental disaster, according to Project Director, Danielle Nierenberg, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan 11.

The theme of the report was summarized in their news release: "The choices these countries make in the next few years will lead the world either towards a future beset by growing ecological and political instability—or down a development path based on efficient technologies and better stewardship of resources."

Each January for the last 23 years, Worldwatch Institute has offered a report on the environmental and social challenges confronting the world, and the progress that has been made in addressing them. This year the focus, for the first time, is on a region—India and China.


Removal of the ban came as pressure mounts on city administrators to tackle horrible traffic congestion, air pollution and possible fuel supply, caused to a large extent by a rapidly growing number of cars on the road. PHOTO: First snow in Beijing Dec. 31, 2005, courtesy of China Daily.

In the first 10 months of 2005, China's exported autos increased 133.6 percent year on year. For the first time, auto exports exceeded the import by 7,000 units, including 105 electric cars exported to the U.S. Photo of Miles ZX-40, an electric car it plans to import from China.

Chinese vehicles will be a threat to established U.S. auto sellers because vehicles from China are likely to be much cheaper than those from Europe, Japan or North America.


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