08 Mar '13, 8pm

Pollution now #1 cause of social unrest in China

How do you write "black lungs" in Mandarin? This has been building up for years, as China rapidly industrialized and urbanized without much regard for the air, water, and land on which the life of its citizens depend. Chen Jiping, a former leading member of the party’s Committee of Political and Legislative Affairs, recently told the media that pollution has now replaced land disputes as the main cause of social unrest in the middle kingdom. Bloomberg quotes him: “The major reason for mass incidents is the environment, and everyone cares about it now,” Chen told reporters at a meeting of the Chinese People’s Political and Consultative Conference, where he’s a member. “If you want to build a plant, and if the plant may cause cancer, how can people remain calm?” All this pressure has made the government open up a bit on environmental issues and start to make some of the righ...

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