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China 'Forced World Bank' to Doctor Pollution Report
Spiegel ^ | July 4, 2007

Posted on 07/04/2007 8:05:12 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin2

China forced the World Bank to remove damning statistics from a pollution report, the Financial Times has revealed. Among the information cut was the figure that around 750,000 people die in China each year because of pollution.

According to a report in Tuesday's edition of the Financial Times, the Chinese government put pressure on the World Bank to take potentially damaging statistics out of a report on pollution in China.

Among the alleged cuts made were the report's finding that around 750,000 people in China are dying prematurely every year due to high levels of air pollution and poor water quality. Another deletion was a particularly damning map of China showing which parts of the country suffered from the most pollution-related deaths.

Chinese government officials asked the World Bank to cut the information when a draft was finished last year, the Financial Times reported. "The World Bank was told that it could not publish this information. It was too sensitive and could cause social unrest," one advisor to the study told the newspaper. Advisors said the World Bank "reluctantly" agreed to cut the information.

The report, titled "The Cost of Pollution in China," has not yet been officially published but a version which had been given at a conference in Beijing in March was available on the Internet.

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The Financial Times was scathing of the Chinese government's behavior in an editorial published in its Wednesday edition. "Even in a China that is more capitalist than ever, the instinctive official response to bad news is to suppress it with all the force available to the nominally communist state," the newspaper wrote.

(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; environment; globalism; trade
Why does the World Bank need to kowtow to the PRC?
1 posted on 07/04/2007 8:05:17 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin2
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To: DeaconBenjamin2

What a filthy rotten nation. what a compromising rotten World Bank.


2 posted on 07/04/2007 8:07:48 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: DeaconBenjamin2

reminds me of polluted east germany.


3 posted on 07/04/2007 8:08:20 PM PDT by ken21
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To: DeaconBenjamin2

Ah youa porrution are come from us!


4 posted on 07/04/2007 8:09:46 PM PDT by stboz
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To: yldstrk
What a filthy rotten nation. what a compromising rotten World Bank.

Of which Paul Wolfowitz was still the President at the time of that fraudulent report. Wolfowitz is such a scumbag it really amazes me how many FReepers have gone to bat for him. He was the idiot who pushed for Iraqi elections way before their time. The one who (naively is too weak a word) said Iraqis would welcome us as "liberators". The one who paid off his Muslim office whore with World Bank funds. He is a scumbag. Period.

5 posted on 07/04/2007 8:14:25 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813

Yeah, what a dumbaxe.


6 posted on 07/04/2007 8:20:56 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: montag813

The one who paid off his Muslim office whore with World Bank funds.

I think more more went between and beyond these two than money and body fluids.


7 posted on 07/04/2007 8:29:31 PM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: DeaconBenjamin2

It ruins the whole “America Is To Blame” scenario that the world’s socialists are pushing.


8 posted on 07/04/2007 8:33:22 PM PDT by airborne (COULTER: Actually, my favorite candidate is [Rep.] Duncan Hunter [R-CA], and he is magnificent.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin2

“..the instinctive official response to bad news is to suppress it with all the force available to the nominally communist state,..”

This sounds suspiciously like the tactics used by a former U.S. President and “beloved” First Lady.


9 posted on 07/04/2007 8:38:09 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin2

I don’t know how they could think that this would never get out. Governments can’t even prevent leaks at the highest level.


10 posted on 07/04/2007 10:21:37 PM PDT by Northern Alliance
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To: airborne

Perhaps we bare some blame because we import so much of their junk. They’ve sold us pet food recalls, lead in toys, etc. They have slave rings to build the junk we buy. It’s very hard to buy anything made in the U.S. because it is so expensive because there is so little of it. But if we had more manufacturing, I bet the cost would go down.


11 posted on 07/04/2007 11:53:13 PM PDT by Free Thinking Conservative
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To: DeaconBenjamin2

The entire “alt” media has given up hounding China on the Tibet issue and is busy ass kissing.. in every country, not just in US.


12 posted on 07/05/2007 12:00:24 AM PDT by design engineer
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To: Free Thinking Conservative

I completely agree.

That’s one of the reasons I’m supporting Duncan Hunter for President.

I know he will stand up to the China threat.


13 posted on 07/05/2007 7:42:58 AM PDT by airborne (COULTER: Actually, my favorite candidate is [Rep.] Duncan Hunter [R-CA], and he is magnificent.)
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To: ken21

A son of an aquitance worked in China for 6 months doing contract work. He would blow his nose and his snot was black-and he had a white collar job.
That’s why you see lot’s of people wearing face mask.

Welcome to communist China!!


14 posted on 07/05/2007 11:42:27 AM PDT by am452 (If you don't stand behind our troops feel free to stand in front of them!!)
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To: Free Thinking Conservative

Alternate markets exist which can compete with china on pricing for manufacturing for the US, but there is no way we can directly on most items. They are orders of magnitude cheaper in many areas than we can ever be. By this I mean that the problem isn’t that China is, say, 25% cheaper than making it in the US - they are more like 90-95% cheaper in areas I have been around or know people who have seen prices firsthand.


15 posted on 07/05/2007 1:24:47 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: DeaconBenjamin2; mom4kittys

Thanks for posting.


16 posted on 07/05/2007 5:19:59 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer (Boycott China)
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To: sweetiepiezer

You are welcome. Feel free to ping others.


17 posted on 07/05/2007 5:59:00 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin2
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To: Arizona Carolyn; mom4kittys; blam; Salamander; Red Badger; WakeUpAndVote; dirtboy; Overtaxed; ...

18 posted on 07/06/2007 4:33:36 AM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: DeaconBenjamin2

And every year, they pollute the rest of us.

Excerpt:

China - April 6 and 7 - A series of huge sandstorm events called "the worst of the spring season" develop over Mongolia and sweep across western China reducing visibilities to near zero and making ground transportation all but impossible. The resulting huge aerosol cloud mass is picked up by orbiting earth satellites as it forms over China and heads out to sea.

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This Asian Haze event has been officially confirmed by:

* Jay R. Herman, Principal Investigator for TOMS Aerosol/UV projects, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
* Officials at the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, California
* Gene Feldman, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
* Russ Schnell, Director of Observatory Operations, NOAA, Boulder, Co.

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On April 6 and 7, a series of huge sandstorm events developed over Mongolia and swept across western China and subsequently produced a huge aerosol cloud that was observed by orbiting earth satellites.

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Dangerous Levels of Metallic Substances detected in latest 'yellow dust' from China
[Mar. 10, 2001]

"The latest seasonal winds from China, known as "yellow dust," which blanketed the nation earlier this week twice, carried 16 times more metallic substances than last year's, a research institute said yesterday, sounding health alarms over the dust mass.

There are no immediate measures to prevent the coming of the so-called "gatecrasher of spring" that causes eye, nose and respiratory illnesses. Experts say that it is best to remain indoors and if one has to go out, to wear a mask.

The yellow dust phenomenon happens after sandstorms are created in the inland deserts in northern China, usually during dry spring weather, by strong convection of currents of warm and cold air that sweeps soil particles up to high altitudes.

They typically rise to a height of 3 km to 5 km before blowing eastward at some 30 meters per second, crossing the West Sea before arriving in South Korea in two to three days.

In addition to potential health problems, the dust in extreme cases can cause visibility problems for pilots, hinder the operation of precision machinery and impair the growth of agricultural products.

There were reports the dust may have carried the viruses that caused a deadly foot-and-mouth epidemic that hit the nation's livestock industry last year.

NASA sets up it's own annual tracking of this mysterious dust cloud event:

From NASA


Background about the China Dust Storm

A Siberian cold front caused large dust storms to be created in northwestern China's Inner Mongolia region and Gansu province. As these storms hovered over northern China, they ushered in the worst period of air pollution in six years. Air quality in the capital city of Beijing reached hazardous levels, and elderly people and children were warned to stay indoors. At this latitude on the globe the air moves from west to east, so the dust storm which originated in China will move towards Japan. However, the storm is expected to weaken as it enters the Bohai Sea and the East China Sea. South Korea, which also lies in the storm's path, was also greatly affected, and the storm was its second-worst this year. The dust is actually a combination of sand from the Gobi Desert and chemicals from Chinese industrial cities that blow to the Korean Peninsula from westerly winds in April and May, reducing visibility and filling the country's skies with a thick blanket.

2007 tracking of the China dust cloud

19 posted on 07/06/2007 6:11:53 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: mom4kittys

see my post


20 posted on 07/06/2007 6:12:12 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Dolphy; appalachian_dweller; ...

Ping to thread and see my post 19


21 posted on 07/06/2007 6:12:57 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: ken21; am452; airborne

Another reason for the face masks, see my post 19


22 posted on 07/06/2007 6:14:42 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

I heard this on the radio yesterday.

China said that they never asked the World Bank to omit anything. They “just did”!

China never did deny any of the other facts. They’re probably happy to have 750,000 less mouths to feed.


23 posted on 07/06/2007 8:47:02 AM PDT by airborne (COULTER: Actually, my favorite candidate is [Rep.] Duncan Hunter [R-CA], and he is magnificent.)
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To: airborne

did you read post 19?


24 posted on 07/06/2007 8:55:42 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Yes. It explains the yellow snow Russia got last winter.


25 posted on 07/06/2007 9:04:31 AM PDT by airborne (COULTER: Actually, my favorite candidate is [Rep.] Duncan Hunter [R-CA], and he is magnificent.)
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To: airborne

That satellite images show that dust has been making it’s way here since 2001. Residue has been collected in AZ and NV.


26 posted on 07/06/2007 9:06:12 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia
NASA sets up it's own annual tracking of this mysterious dust cloud event:

Doesn't seem to be a mystery here.

27 posted on 07/06/2007 9:18:37 AM PDT by airborne (COULTER: Actually, my favorite candidate is [Rep.] Duncan Hunter [R-CA], and he is magnificent.)
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To: airborne

That was my wording, just clarifying.


28 posted on 07/06/2007 9:21:27 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Much like most everything else, our government will do nothing to address this problem.

Well, they may have some hearings.


29 posted on 07/06/2007 9:24:07 AM PDT by airborne (COULTER: Actually, my favorite candidate is [Rep.] Duncan Hunter [R-CA], and he is magnificent.)
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To: Calpernia
There were reports the dust may have carried the viruses that caused a deadly foot-and-mouth epidemic that hit the nation's livestock industry last year.

We could catch something quite deadly from these emissions, and by the time we realized it, it would be too late.

30 posted on 07/06/2007 9:26:27 AM PDT by airborne (COULTER: Actually, my favorite candidate is [Rep.] Duncan Hunter [R-CA], and he is magnificent.)
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To: airborne
Foot and mouth is not the only virus that can be aerosolized. I think you know that though.
31 posted on 07/06/2007 9:34:12 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: WoofDog123

I bought a quality pair of New Balance shoes for $75.00. Equiv. Chinese was about $50. I know the Chinese shoes are toast after 12 months, so the US made shoes only have to make 18 months before they are a better value.

We can compete, and if we do with shoes..then pretty much anything. Changing out Tax system and anti-business laws, and we’ll be fine.


32 posted on 07/06/2007 9:38:26 AM PDT by Dead Dog
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To: Dead Dog

“I bought a quality pair of New Balance shoes for $75.00. Equiv. Chinese was abou”t $50

If you mean retail, yes there isn’t that much different. Cost of Goods is another thing altogether, and that is what i mean with the 90% cheaper comment.

You are right that many items made in China are rubbish, have had a few experiences with this....


33 posted on 07/06/2007 11:15:25 AM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: Calpernia

you hafta wonder what al goron was smoking to wanta let china and india off the kyoto accord!


34 posted on 07/06/2007 4:11:37 PM PDT by ken21
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To: ken21

It is all a horse and pony show to pay monies to China.


35 posted on 07/06/2007 4:13:53 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

if that’s true,

then al et al

should be tried for treason.

john kerry received millions of dollars from vietnam about a decade ago. payment for services?


36 posted on 07/06/2007 4:20:27 PM PDT by ken21
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To: Calpernia

There were reports the dust may have carried the viruses that caused a deadly foot-and-mouth epidemic that hit the nation’s livestock industry last year.<<<

That is interesting, as ProMedMail.org is still reporting out breaks of foot-and-mouth a couple times a week.

I have not been reading them, just noting the headline, not enough time in a day.


37 posted on 07/06/2007 6:25:38 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( Today is a good day for working on some heavy praying. The world needs God to hear them.)
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To: Calpernia; struwwelpeter; Founding Father; FARS; DAVEY CROCKETT; milford421; Velveeta

Ping to # 19.


38 posted on 07/06/2007 6:28:23 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( Today is a good day for working on some heavy praying. The world needs God to hear them.)
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To: ken21

The carbon credits, since China owns about 40% of them, is VERY similar, if not the same, as the Lend Lease program that was set up by Stalin with us during WW2.


39 posted on 07/06/2007 7:05:11 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: WoofDog123

We can’t compete in manufacturing because China doesn’t have as stringent laws for just about everything.


40 posted on 07/06/2007 8:25:54 PM PDT by Free Thinking Conservative
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To: LucyT

Ping


41 posted on 07/09/2007 6:55:53 AM PDT by sweetiepiezer (Boycott China)
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To: Calpernia

Interesting and so scary.

There could be anything in that dust.

What are the metals that are in it?

Nuclear? or lead type?


42 posted on 07/10/2007 2:45:12 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( Today is a good day for working on some heavy praying. The world needs God to hear them.)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

I don’t know. But there have been viruses found.

Remember the story a few years ago about Russia having yellow snow?

Well, this is yellow dust.


43 posted on 07/10/2007 5:05:02 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Yes, I do recall the yellow snow.

The virus is enough to worry me.


44 posted on 07/10/2007 6:01:21 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( Today is a good day for working on some heavy praying. The world needs God to hear them.)
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