December 29, 2006

OPPRESSION IS ONE THING, BUT POLLUTION...:

Bogus Data Masks Scale Of Pollution Woes Facing China (AFP, Dec 28, 2006)

Soaring pollution levels in China may be even worse than thought because local governments bent on economic growth are lying about their progress in meeting environmental goals, state media said Thursday.

Data reported by China's regional governments indicates a national goal to reduce China's two main pollutants by two percent in 2006 has been reached, but calculations by the top environment watchdog show they actually grew two percent, Xinhua news agency said, quoting an environment official. "The figures on pollution control reported by local governments dropped remarkably this year, while the real environmental situation continues to deteriorate," said the unnamed official with the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA). [...]

The official's comments mark the latest in a series of alarms by SEPA, which has said central-government efforts to curb the environmental damage from China's chugging economy are being overwhelmed by the local pursuit of economic growth at any cost.

Major Chinese cities are routinely enveloped in choking smog so thick it affects air travel and SEPA has said half of China's rivers are severely polluted and one-third of the country affected by acid rain.

Billions are being invested to upgrade environmental facilities and penalties for violations are being increased.

But collusion between industry and local-level officials, who often have a financial stake in economic growth, is hindering progress, SEPA has said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 29, 2006 12:00 AM
Comments

But the economic numbers coming from China's government are spot on, I tells ya!

Posted by: KRS at December 29, 2006 1:56 PM

So that's where acid rain went.

Posted by: erp at December 29, 2006 2:26 PM
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