Beijing Water

China fails to meet environmental goals

by Scott McDonald, Associated Press

February 12, 2007

China’s environmental watchdog admitted Monday the country had failed to reach any of its pollution control goals for 2006 and had fallen further behind as the economy picked up speed.

The State Environmental Protection Agency said the faster-than-expected economic growth meant that sulfur dioxide emissions increased by nearly 463,000 tons, or 1.8 percent, over the previous year, according to a report on its Web site. Chemical oxygen demand, a water pollution index, also rose by 1.2 percent over 2005, the report said. [SEPA director Zhou Shengxian] also said that investment in projects to prevent water pollution had not been made and that environmental laws are weak and ineffectively enforced. … Read the full story.

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