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China Introduces Death Penalty for Serious Cases of Pollution

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07/04/2013 03:50 PM
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China Introduces Death Penalty for Serious Cases of Pollution
Source: [link to oilprice.com]

Pollution is killing the world; a strong statement, but true. Certain levels of pollution are considered acceptable by many, such as vehicle exhaust fumes, but large levels of pollution must be controlled. Unfortunately the general attitude towards pollution in many countries, especially the US, is pretty lax.

People do go to jail for crimes against the environment, but it is very rare, with soft fines usually the main form of punishment. In Europe environmental regulations are far tougher, and jail terms and hefty fines are far more common.

Yet still pollution continues. Maybe in order to fully dissuade companies from causing excessive pollution more drastic measures must be taken.

China has quite easily the worst pollution levels in the world. Levels of small particulate matter in the atmosphere of cities such as Beijing, Guangzhou, and others, is often recorded at seven times higher than the air quality standard set by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Factories in the Pearl River Delta have released so much pollution into the water that it has created a dead zone that stretches from the river mouth several miles out into the sea. A recent study by the Health Effects Institute reported that over a million people die prematurely every year in China due to air pollution.

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It offers some relief then that they seem to be taking environmental crimes very seriously, after Chinese authorities have just given courts the power to hand out death sentences when dealing with cases of serious pollution.

Obviously an extreme approach, but maybe it is the only way to actually deal with the problem.

Full story at: [link to oilprice.com]
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07/04/2013 03:54 PM
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Re: China Introduces Death Penalty for Serious Cases of Pollution
About time too. I saw a story the other day about Exxon destroying part of the rainforest in Ecuador and because of some international legal loophole they will get away scott free - disgusting - string em up.


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