The U.S. has pledged to deepen its cooperation with China on environmental protection. The promise comes as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has delivered a speech at the Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research&Development Group in Beijing.
Pollution is not a uniquely urban challenge; in rural areas, indoor cook-stoves, undrinkable water and contaminated soil are toxic and stunt economic growth. Poor people, who can’t afford to protect themselves from the negative impacts of pollution, end up suffering the most.
All urban dwellers need safe, quick, easy access to clean toilets, day and night – without fear, without a long walk, without a long wait in line, and without the need to plan ahead or to spend more than they can easily afford.
Today, Citi, the global banking giant, is announcing its next-gen sustainability strategy that includes an eye-popping number: $100 billion over 10 years for “lending, investing and facilitating” activities focused on mitigating climate and other sustainability solutions.
Changes in the natural environment and agricultural systems induced by economic and industrial development, including population dynamics (growth, urbanization, migration), are major causes resulting in the persistence, emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases in developing countries. In the face of rapid demographic, economic and social transformations, the People's Republic of China (P.R. China) is undergoing unprecedented environmental and agricultural change.