26 November 2005 at 2:25 am #7701
Article in the Times covers the massive pollution leading to Harbin's drinking water being cut off for several days, and says it's part of broader environmental problems:
The disaster that has cut off water to a city the size of London is a symptom of far wider problems. More than 70 per cent of China’s rivers are contaminated, more than a third of the country is plagued by acid rain and in the past 50 years it has lost more than 1,000 lakes. China is home to seven of the ten most-polluted cities in the world and urban smog causes more than 400,000 early deaths a year, the International Energy Agency says. … Officials admit pollution costs China 8 per cent to 15 per cent of its gross domestic product.