California has some of the nation's toughest environmental regulations, and those regulations might be something that the state tries to export when Gov. Jerry Brown makes a trip to China next week.
The governor is expected to sign several environmental agreements with China. Pollution in that country has been an ongoing problem. A recent study shows that air pollution contributed to 1.2 million deaths in China in 2010 alone. There's also been some significant problems with water pollution. Just last month, 16,000 dead pigs were found in rivers that provide drinking water to Shanghai.
But despite these issues, environmentalists have struggled to enact any reform in China. Barbara Finamore is China Program Director for the National Resources Defense Council. She explains how pollution in China compares to what we see in the US.