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Pollution costing China dear: report (3)

By Zheng Xin (China Daily)

11:12, February 04, 2012

As economic globalization expands, most governments in China make economic development a priority and are becoming hostage to the heavy-pollution industries.

Ma is calling for the government to toughen laws and regulations on environmental protection and impose charges as soon as possible.

"The resources are too cheap here," said Ma.

The report also showed that carbon dioxide emissions in China had more than doubled from 3.5 billion tons in 2000 to 7.2 billion tons in 2009, making China the biggest producer of carbon dioxide worldwide.

It is the third time the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning has issued the report, also known as the Green GDP National Accounting Study, since 2006.

"It's a good thing the public is being informed of how much money the government has allocated to tackle environmental pollution while developing its economy," said Du Shaozhong, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau.

Du said the capital is considering releasing the local Green GDP in future.

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