Comments on: China’s eco-cities are often neither ecologically friendly, nor functional cities http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/22/chinas-eco-cities-are-often-neither-ecologically-friendly-nor-functional-cities/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Calvin2k http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/22/chinas-eco-cities-are-often-neither-ecologically-friendly-nor-functional-cities/#comment-1106315 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:05:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=43582#comment-1106315 “The words ‘eco’ and ‘city’ combined together seems like an unabashed oxymoron.”
Why? Urban areas are typically more environmentally friendly per-person than rural area. For example, the number of auto miles driven per person is much lower in the city. Large urban buildings are more energy-efficient than freestanding rural buildings, etc.

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By: blah77 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/22/chinas-eco-cities-are-often-neither-ecologically-friendly-nor-functional-cities/#comment-1106306 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:27:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=43582#comment-1106306 Here’s the problem with the final sentence of this opinion piece. Making current Chinese buildings more “efficient” is far more complicated than this author seems to suggest. In densely packed Chinese cities, the vast majority of residential complexes belongs to two categories. First there are those 20-30 floors tall highrises within communities of half a dozen such buildings. Second category involves shorter buildings around 4-6 floors tall and those communities usually have a dozen or more such complexes. Lastly, there are also mega communities containing 20+ buildings of both types.

My point is this. How can China upgrade these buildings to meet energy efficiency standards without wholesale evictions (temporary or otherwise) of thousands? When China forcibly moved some people during the construction of the Three Gorges Dam and later the Shanghai World Expo, the West had a field day criticizing them for ‘human rights’ abuses. This will just be a replay of those events so essentially, China can’t win.

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