China Starts to Lean Green

Environmental issues are becoming a growing concern in China, and officials there seem ready to begin addressing them.
April 4, 2009, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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"In discussions for the post-Kyoto global climate treaty, China now accepts the need for mandatory targets to reduce greenhouse gasses, but with the condition that stricter rules should be applied to developed countries."

"According to the World Bank, of the 30 most polluted cities in the world, 20 are in China."

"Each year more than 400,000 people die of pollution-related illnesses."

"The Chinese government has started to act on these issues, mainly because environmental damage poses a threat to the economic growth of the country."

"Last year the Beijing Olympics served as a platform for the Chinese government to show the world that it cares about the environment."

"The measures adopted during the Olympics, although limited in their reach, proved the country is capable of fighting against its environmental problems if there is political will."

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Published on Friday, April 3, 2009 in BBC
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