- Water: China has problems with water shortage and the pollution of the water they already have. As of 2004, 70% of the country's natural water sources were polluted. This created a stir within China, leading to the building of the most dam projects in the world. BUT! With all of these new projects many ecological epicenters have been damaged, people have been displaced from their farms, and much of that farmland has been taken by the government...
- Land: As many presenters have discussed within the class desertification is a major obstacle the world must overcome in the near future. China is no stranger to this notion of losing most arable land in exchange for basically sand. In this case, over-grazing or excessive farm cultivation is the main cause for desertification. "Desertification also contributes to China's air pollution problems, with increasing dust causing a third of China's air pollution."
- As recent as 2008 China passed the U.S. on the scale for amount of greenhouse gases emitted into our atmosphere. China relies directly on coal and the energy production that comes with it.
- Population: "The country's growing economic prosperity and rapid development mean increasing urbanization, consumerism, and pollution." In short, economic prosperity = environmental degradation.