Chinese Premier Warns of Environmental Toll – Reuters
From Reuters via the New York Times (link):
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has said that dust storms that whipped Beijing and northern China in recent days were a sharp reminder of the severity of the country’s environmental problems.
Wen told an environmental meeting in Beijing that China needed to intensify efforts to rein in pollution and environmental destruction, the Xinhua news agency reported.
“The succession of dust storms is a warning to us,” Wen was quoted as saying on Monday. “Ecological destruction and environmental pollution are creating massive economic losses and gravely threatening people’s lives and health.”