With the Olympics almost upon us, Science magazine has a cover story on “China’s Environmental Challenges” (subs. req’d). Since Science has been a leader in drawing attention to the threat posed to humanity by accelerating greenhouse gas emissions, you’d think that one of those challenges would be China’s newly achieved leadership in carbon dioxide emissions, how China can developesustainably, and what are the alternatives to their rapacious use of coal.
You would be wrong. Here are the four articles that comprise the magazine’s news focus on China’s environment:
It is interesting how these stories all dance around the 800-pound panda in the room, but that only underscores the gravity of the magazine’s omission.