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

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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.

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