The Human cost of China’s green energy rush ahead of Winter Olympics

Solar panels on the hillsides of Qu village in Baoding, part of China's northern Hebei province. China is the world's biggest producer of wind turbines and solar panels, and the Winter Olympics is seen as an opportunity to showcase the country's green technologies as they seek global markets. | AFP-JIJI
Solar panels on the hillsides of Qu village in Baoding, part of China’s northern Hebei province. China is the world’s biggest producer of wind turbines and solar panels, and the Winter Olympics is seen as an opportunity to showcase the country’s green technologies as they seek global markets. | AFP-JIJI AFP-JIJI

Beaten, forced off their land, cheated out of money, and even falsely imprisoned — farmers in China say they are paying a heavy price as authorities rush to deliver on ambitious pledges to ramp up national green energy output.

Continue reading “The Human cost of China’s green energy rush ahead of Winter Olympics”