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Severe Pollution In China’s Cities

by | 12th, June 2007

GOOD job China exports so much – you wouldn’t want to go there:

BEIJING (Reuters) – Nearly two-thirds of Chinese cities suffered from air pollution last year and had no centralized sewage treatment facilities, state media reported on Tuesday.

Only 37.6 percent of 585 cities surveyed had air quality “indicating a clean and healthy environment,” down 7.3 percentage points from 2005, the China Daily said, citing a report by the State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

Thirty-nine cities, many scattered across the northern coal-rich province of Shanxi and China’s northeastern rustbelt province of Liaoning, suffered “severe” air pollution, the paper said.

“The report also found that the ratio of quality water in the major urban areas, either for drinking or industrial use, had dropped by 7.24 percent,” the paper said.



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