Stop sourcing from China. May I have $1.5 million now?

University of Arkansas researchers will study how retailers can cut greenhouse gases and be more environmentally friendly, thanks to $1.5 million from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., school and company officials announced Wednesday.

“Wal-Mart Gives $1.5M for Green Research,” AP, August 29, 2007.

China is choking on its own success. The economy is on a historic run, posting a succession of double-digit growth rates. But the growth derives, now more than at any time in the recent past, from a staggering expansion of heavy industry and urbanization that requires colossal inputs of energy, almost all from coal, the most readily available, and dirtiest, source.

“As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes,” New York Times, August 25, 2007.

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