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China Makes Slow Progress Toward Environmental Targets

2:03 PM MST | December 10, 2007 | Deepti Ramesh

The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA; Beijing) says that China has reduced releases of major air and water pollutants in the first nine months of 2007, the first decline in several years. The energy intensity of China’s economy also declined 3% in the first nine months, reports say. “Sulfur dioxide emissions in China fell 1.8% year-on-year in the first three quarters, and the chemical oxygen demand [COD] dropped 0.28%,” says SEPA director Zhou Shengxian. COD is a measure of organic compounds in surface water. SEPA says that...

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