Skip to comments.China 'Forced World Bank' to Doctor Pollution Report
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.
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Ping to thread and see my post 19
Another reason for the face masks, see my post 19
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.
did you read post 19?
Yes. It explains the yellow snow Russia got last winter.
That satellite images show that dust has been making it’s way here since 2001. Residue has been collected in AZ and NV.
Doesn't seem to be a mystery here.
That was my wording, just clarifying.
Much like most everything else, our government will do nothing to address this problem.
Well, they may have some hearings.
We could catch something quite deadly from these emissions, and by the time we realized it, it would be too late.
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.
“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....
you hafta wonder what al goron was smoking to wanta let china and india off the kyoto accord!
It is all a horse and pony show to pay monies to China.
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?
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.
Ping to # 19.
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.
We can’t compete in manufacturing because China doesn’t have as stringent laws for just about everything.
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