China is the world’s fastest growing industrial powerhouse. But the vast amount of energy needed to drive this economy comes at a price. China has suffered some of the worst environmental disasters in the world, due in part to the over-exploitation of its natural resources. As demand for energy grows, the government is investing in large-scale energy projects like the Three Gorges Dam. These kinds of projects may be a short-term solution for delivering energy to people in cities, but there are over six hundred million people living in rural areas who all need energy to survive. But in one rural area, new efforts are under way to provide people with alternative, low-impact forms of energy. Earth Report travels to the remote province of Yunnan to investigate.
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