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China Update

Published by MAC on 2006-09-01

China Update

1st September 2006

A new parliamentary report reveals that sulphur dioxide (SO2)- mainly from coal-fired power plants - is now blighting a third of China's territory, while the amount of dumped chromium wastes could be as high as five million tonnes.

In response, the regime is proposing to institute an "emissions trading scheme" giving plants the "right" to emit SO2.

Meanwhile the income gap between the country's rural poor and its urban better-off is growing...

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