China Postpones Pollution Report – Michael Bristow

A rift between China’s State Environmental Protection Administration and it National Bureau of Statistics has “indefinitely delayed” release of the long-promised pollution report. From the BBC:

Several local governments are reported to have objected to the release of “sensitive” information about the pollution they cause.Government officials from different departments also appear to disagree on how to calculate the figures.

The project – to calculate how much money pollution costs China each year, the so-called “green gross domestic product” – was launched in 2004…But the scheme seems never to have progressed smoothly. [Full Text]

The original Beijing Times article, on which much of the BBC report is based, appears here [in Chinese].

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