India and Denmark are about as different as two countries could be. Denmark is a small, largely homogeneous nation with one national language and a population of just over 5.6 million people, while India is an enormous, incredibly diverse nation of 1.3 billion who speak more than 780 different languages. These two nations do have one thing in common, though: they’re both making huge strides in the field of renewable energy.
With a newly-minted elite and an economic growth rate of over 10 percent, the environment has taken a backseat in China, the world’s most populous country. Growing pollution has led to unusable…
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Imagine a place where the word “sky” doesn’t conjure the color blue but an ashy grey. No, such a place isn’t in another planet or the set of a dystopian sci-fi film. That place is present-day China, a country now living and breathing the harsh effects of dogged industrialization. In northern China, the heavy use of coal coupled with the ever-increasing population has led to an alarmingly extreme case of air pollution. It’s so extreme, in fact, that a person’s life expectancy in northern China is a full five years shorter than someone residing in southern China. As the size of the middle class continues to balloon, there is an insatiable need for cheap and easy energy. Quickly turning to oil and gasoline for fuel and coal for heat, the Chinese love affair with fossil fuels has plunged an astounding amount of people into an atmosphere ripe with danger.
Lots of times, when we think about environmental activists, we envision sneakered twenty-somethings waving spiteful, corporate greed-decrying posters high into the skies. But once you meet these incensed, anti-fracking nuns and their vision, prepare for your conceptions to be debunked.