Thursday, November 03, 2005

China pollution

Sunday, October 30, New York Times article on pollution in China. A high level Chinese environmental spokesperson said the pollution will quadruple in next 15 years. The statistics cited are pretty grim: China is the second largest greenhouse gas producer; more than 400,000 people die each year from diseases linked to pollution; nearly 25% of the particulate matter in the air over L.A. can be linked to Chinese pollution. But there is hope. Unlike the leadership in this country, President Hu Jintao has made sustainable development the centerpiece of his economic reforms moving China to a more efficient economy. And there is a recent law that states China by next year must get 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Seems that we are growing closer together in our problems as well as our successes.


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