J OF CHIN POLIT SCI (2018) 23:141–142 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11366-018-9533-z BOOK REVIEW Matthew E. Kahn and Siqi Zheng, Blue Skies Over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016), 271p. $32.95 hardback Carrie Liu Currier Published online: 23 January 2018 Journal of Chinese Political Science/Association of Chinese Political Studies 2018 One of the most important issues facing China today involves the state’s ability to sustain development. Blue Skies Over Beijing examines this topic with an emphasis on urban development and the challenges it presents to the environment. China’sefforts to address growing pollution problems were notable leading up to the 2008 Olympics, but many of the adjustments were not sustainable or have not been maintained. Temporar- ily closing factories, seeding clouds, and alternative driving days create the illusion of improved environmental conditions, but do not have lasting effects. The real culprits are urbanization, industrialization, increased car ownership, energy dependence on coal, and other factors that are Bdevelopment-related.^ In 2013, Beijing’s Bairpocalypse,^ where particulate matter concentration (PM2.5) levels reached record unsafe highs, showed that China has a long way to go in terms of improving its environment. It suffers from air pollution, water pollution, and is the
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