China's Ecological Footprint By: Andrew Solis

China's average hectare per capita (person) is 2.2 out of 1 total hectares available. Compared to the U.S., their average hectare per capita (person) is 8 out of 3.9 hectares available. We can see that even when the u.S. has more available, they are in fact in more of a deficit than China.
In order to find the total square miles China utilizes, simply take China's total hectares per capita (person)-2.2- and multiplying that by China's total population-1336.6 million- getting 2940520 total hectares. Then divide that by 100 to get 29405 acres. Finally dividing by 0.4 will give you that China's uses 11762.08 square miles of resources to provide for their people.
By taking a look at the graph on the board, we can see that the U.S. has a greater average hectare per capita (person) than China, but still in a very problematic deficit. Seeing that China has only a 1.2 deficit compared to the huge difference in a 4.1 deficit in America. Both countries are not stable enough to continue with expanding industry, infrastructure, or even zoos. Instead keeping land open, countries like China and the U.S. decide that the economy comes first.
China operates in a ecological deficit. According to, China's rapid development in industrialization, urban development, and intense agriculture continues to negatively use up their environment's resources. With all these factors China's bio capacity per person is 1 hectare.

China's bio capacity per person is 1 hectare, which puts them in a deficit of 1.2 hectares provided. The reason why this number is so low is due to all of the industrialization and agriculture taking up the land.

According to c&, "Levels of ultra fine particles surpassed 500 μg per cubic meter of air in both of the recent incidents in China. That level is twice the daily concentration of 250 µg/m³ that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers hazardous... "
Due to increased industrialization, urban development, and agriculture, China has paid the toll in environment, using up more than what was available. Through the last three years citizens of major cities suffocate through chemicals in the air or smog which chokes them when it is directly inhaled.

China's ecological footprint is in bad shape, but over the years their health has been increasing. In a sense, it is getting better but very slowly and will not recover for a while.


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