China Blames Growing Social Unrest on Anger Over Pollution – Jonathan Watts
In response to the growing chorus of public anger at environmental degradation, the government has announced plans to crack down on corrupt local officials that sanction polluting industries:
Echoing the language of the Cultural Revolution, Zhou Shengxian called for a “struggle” against polluters, and said the public refused to accept the increasing degradation of the environment.
His unusually outspoken comments underscore the frustration of state mandarins at local government officials who ignore environmental standards in order to attract investment, jobs and bribes. [Full text]