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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

China's environmental quality remains stable in 2003

China Peoples Daily:

China's Environment: A human Right Catastrophe?"China's environmental quality communique of 2003 released Thursday said that China maintained its environmental quality nationwide basically at the level of the previous year. "

So reports the People's Daily. If the information is correct it would be an excellent result however I find it rather hard to believe. With figures for coal output and therefore consumption increasing in double digit figures each year I just can't see how the environment can stay at the same level as prior years. The Chinese are paying attention to environmental degradation but have they been that successful? One would think not.

Water quality is of extreme concern in China but the report claims that in 2003, the country's water quality in major river basins stayed at the level of the previous year. It states that t"he pollution of the Haihe, Liaohe, and Huaihe River slightly decreased while the Songhua River, Pearl River experienced an increase of pollution".