Jul 5, 2007

China Censored Pollution Report, says Financial Times

The Financial Times reported On July 3rd that Beijing removed “nearly a third of a World Bank report on pollution in China because of concerns that its findings on premature deaths could provoke ‘social unrest’.”

According to the article, the original report prepared in cooperation with Chinese authorities contained the following conclusions:

- High air pollution levels in Chinese cities are leading to the premature deaths of 350,000-400,000 people each year

- An additional 300,000 people die prematurely each year from exposure to poor air indoors

- Approximately 60,000 premature deaths were attributable to poor-quality water, largely in the countryside, resulting in severe diarrhoea and stomach, liver and bladder cancers.

All of which was cut from the report.

Financial Times Article:

Preliminary Version of the World Bank Report “The Cost of Pollution In China”:

As China prepares for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, air pollution has become a major concern.

The Australian Broadcasting Service (among other sources) has reported that the International Olympic Committee is concerned about pollution aversely affecting athletes and Beijing has experimented with the temporary measures including a plan to remove one million cars fro Beijing’s congested roadways.

ABC News Article:

As China attempts to polish its image for the showcase of the Beijing Olympic Games it has to contend with many issues it would perhaps rather ignore or obfuscate. Pollution is one of them.

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