The China Story

by Vinaya HS on January 18, 2007

in General Stuff

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For many, the 2008 Beijing Olympics are seen as a “coming-out” party for the world’s most populous nation. China is investing billions of dollars in sports venues such as the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, the modernist national stadium currently under construction; subway-line extensions, and other infrastructure improvements to make the games a world-class spectacle. But some wonder whether air pollution will crash China’s Olympic party and focus world attention on deepening environmental problems that threaten the country’s economic growth.

Read the complete article: Will the 2008 Olympics in Beijing Showcase Pollution as Well as World-class Athletes?

Here’s my favorite part:

Pan Yue, vice minister of China’s State Environmental Protection Administration, summed up the problem when he wrote, in a November 2006 commentary republished in the Wall Street Journal, that “China is dangerously near a crisis point” with its environment. A third of China’s people drink substandard water and a third breathe badly polluted air, according to Pan. “True, China has made the kind of economic advances in three decades that required 100 years in Western countries. But China has also suffered a century’s worth of environmental damage in 30 years.”

Growth at Nature’s expense never succeeds.




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Vishu January 20, 2007 at 7:56 PM

This 21st we got stan-chart’s mumbai marathon..was guessing how many might fall sick due the pollution after the run here in mumbai…

mumbaikar January 21, 2007 at 4:44 AM

Pollution in Mumbai is pretty bad as well. Mumbai has been blessed with the sea on both the sides, but the stalled traffic and packed roads is stretching the environment. In three weeks I spend in Mumbai every year, my face shows the strain of the polution all around me.

This is the time for Tata’s to take on pollution as a key challenge facing the globe and show leadership there. Would it be nice if the Tata Sons trust can plow back the profits into making Mumbai and the rest of the India green and a model for the new economy environment friendly world?

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