All these steps have been effective at curbing pollution in the Zhuhai municipality. But an indirect result has been a sharp increase in population, attracted by a growing economy and protected environment. Clearly, the impact might be different if neighboring jurisdictions were to adopt similar regulations; the air quality might improve, but economic effects might be negative if polluting industries were prohibited throughout the region. Nevertheless, the example of Zhuhai shows that under certain conditions population, development, and environment can be positively related.


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