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China's Environment, Health Examined in New Wilson Center Report
Date:2/7/2008

China Environment Series Authors See Solutions in Regulation, Research, NGOs, and International Assistance

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 2007 was a significant year for China's environment. An estimated 750,000 people in China died from respiratory illnesses related to air pollution, while approximately 60,000 died from waterborne diseases. China's food processing and production sectors made headlines around the globe. Growing desertification in north and northwest China due to excessive water use and land mismanagement created more intense sand storms that affected the economy and health in China and Northeast Asia. In addition, China most likely surpassed the United States as the leading emitter of greenhouse gasses -- and while the central government set laudable energy efficiency goals, it recently admitted that China had not met them.

The latest edition of the China Environment Series (CES), the flagship publication of the China Environment Forum (CEF) (http://www.wilsoncenter.org/cef) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, examines these and other increasingly serious environmental problems in China, focusing on linkages between health and the environment and identifying promising trends and opportunities for U.S. collaboration with China.

Link to CES 9: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1421&fuseaction=topics.publi cations&group_id=375132

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

-- Xiaoqing Lu and Bates Gill see incredible challenges facing China as it attempts to address its environmental health problems, but they identify important next steps for policymakers, NGOs, and researchers.

-- CEF's Jennifer L. Turner and Linden Ellis turn attention to China's domestic food safety problems, which stem from unsustainable and unsafe animal husbandry and aquaculture practices.

-- In the China Environmental Health Project Special Report, Chris Groves and Amelia Chung describe their environmental health research work with scientists and communities in the karst water region of southwest China, and Wei-ping Pan introduces the progress of his coal-emissions monitoring and health study initiative in Huainan city in Anhui Province.

AIR POLLUTION

-- Christine Loh reports that the Pearl River Delta's dire air quality problems are catalyzing cooperation between the Hong Kong and Guangdong governments.

-- Kong Chiu, Yu Lei, Yanshen Zhang, and Dan Chen summarize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's studies linking energy initiatives and greenhouse gas reduction measures in China to concrete health benefits.

A more detailed press release can be found at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1421&fuseaction=topics.item& news_id=382717.


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