AFP: Disaster warning as pollution levels soar
From AFP, via The Standard:
A top mainland environmental official has questioned whether China should embrace being the “factory to the world” and called for “green” growth to prevent ecological disaster, according to state media.
State Environmental Protection Administration deputy director Pan Yue said the mainland “has paid a high environmental price” for 20 years of rapid economic development, Xinhua News Agency said Sunday.
With the economy expected to quadruple by 2020, China faces an “environmental crisis” coupled with social problems unless it corrects its practice of developing first and cleaning up later, he warned.