Wednesday, February 28, 2007

China's New Water & Pollution Measures

Proving that there is no greater impetus for environmental protection than human need, China announced a raft of aggressive new measures to help reverse the ecological damage occurring alongside the nation's unprecedented economic growth.

New policies include an extensive water-saving plan to cut the nation’s water use per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by 20 percent within five years, a new climate change plan aimed chiefly at mitigating future water supply shortages, and a policy to make provincial officials directly responsible for environmental harm.

Food security, global warming related water shortages and rising pollution levels were all cited as key concerns in bringing forward the new measures.

Now if we could get North Americans to similarly see the connection between environment and human health we'd really be on to something.


The Mound of Sound said...

How do you rate the chances of the Chinese government actually seeing these reforms through to reality? There's been a lot of talk from China but the results have been mixed at best.

Janis Mara said...

Could you elaborate on that? I didn't know this was the case - hope this doesn't sound confrontational, I'm really interested. Seems like every time China has come up in informal conversations lately, the response has focused on China's environmental issues as opposed to its supercharged economic engine. Maybe the government realizes this and is moving to make changes in response to this, among other things.