From Reuters via Financial Times:
China’s efforts at environmental protection have been ineffective and inefficient largely because the central government has been unable to implement its policies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said.
Rapidly growing China is poised to overtake the United States as the world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases, and Beijing faces rising international calls to accept mandatory caps on carbon dioxide emissions from factories and vehicles. Beijing should consider making the State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) a ministry and strengthening its role in supervising local environmental protection bureaus, the Paris-based OECD, which groups 30 industrialised countries not including China, said in a report released on Tuesday. [Full Text]