Jeffrey Sachs: China can escape climate constraint

Jeffrey Sachs and other economists debate whether China can enjoy US-style consumption without making drastic changes to its growth model.

Jeffrey Sachs: China can escape climate constraint

The question of whether China can, or should, sustain an annual GDP growth rate of around 7% obscures a bigger question can China innovate sufficiently to continue growing despite mounting environmental constraints

Based on a discussion among economists at the Boao Forum for Asia last week, the answer is maybe.

Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, said 7-ish percent was probably right for a country whose per capita...

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