China tries again at green planning

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China tries again at green planning

By Eve Cary

China’s environmental problems are apparent to any visitor, and the statistics are striking: the nation is home to 20 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities, 90% of its rivers and lakes are polluted. Yet, the central government’s efforts to mitigate environmental problems through policies and regulation have encountered significant implementation challenges.

In an effort to rebalance economic growth and environmental degradation, Beijing launched the Green GDP program in 2003. The initiative was intended to quantify environmental degradation and thereby create incentives for local governments to improve environmental standards…

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