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Saturday, July 29, 2006 8:31:04 AM
China has announced plans to invest $175 billion (1.4 trillion yuan) in environmental protection between 2006 and 2010, according to official news sources in China.
The money—equal to more than 1.5 percent of China’s annual gross domestic product (GDP)—will be used to control water pollution, improve air quality in China’s cities, increase solid waste disposal and reduce soil erosion in rural areas, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
China has created an economic miracle fueled by rapid industrial growth and international trade—two decades of nearly double-digit economic growth—but at an environmental cost so high that it has led to internal riots, international protests, and the arrest of Chinese environmentalists. Air pollution has fouled China’s air, chemical spills have poisoned rivers that supply drinking water to millions of people, raw sewage has given rise to near-epidemics of waterborne diseases, and soil contamination ruins millions of tons of grain each year.
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