KNOXVILLE, TENN. (AP) -- American and Chinese researchers plan to work together over the next several years examining the environmental impacts of China's growing economy.
As the world's largest emerging economy, China may also have some lessons for the United States if it can incorporate environmental responsibility into that growth.
A scientific pact signed in July will establish the China U.S. joint research center for ecosystem and environmental change.
It brings together scientists and resources from the University of Tennessee, the UT Managed Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The focus of the effort, scheduled to run at lest through 2011, will be on the relationship between economic development and environmental disruption.
The U.S. and China now rank first and second, respectively, in carbon dioxide emissions, the most prevalent of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
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