Sunday, July 08, 2007

750,000 premature deaths

Due to China's pollution:
China forced the World Bank to remove damning statistics from a pollution report, the Financial Times has revealed. Among the information cut was the figure that around 750,000 people die in China each year because of pollution.

Among the alleged cuts made were the report's finding that around 750,000 people in China are dying prematurely every year due to high levels of air pollution and poor water quality. Another deletion was a particularly damning map of China showing which parts of the country suffered from the most pollution-related deaths.

Chinese government officials asked the World Bank to cut the information when a draft was finished last year, the Financial Times reported. "The World Bank was told that it could not publish this information. It was too sensitive and could cause social unrest," one advisor to the study told the newspaper. Advisors said the World Bank "reluctantly" agreed to cut the information.

The report, titled "The Cost of Pollution in China," has not yet been officially published but a version which had been given at a conference in Beijing in March was available on the Internet.

No wonder a bit of contamination in pet food doesn't mean anything, or toxic chemicals in food and toothpaste.


Anonymous said...

Who was in charge of the World Bank at that time?

ellroon said...

Oh good point, whig! Our very own good ol' buddy pal Wolfowitz, caring for the poor and oppressed everywhere!