CHINA SETS UP POLLUTION BLACKLIST

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CHINA SETS UP POLLUTION BLACKLIST

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    China sets up pollution blacklist
    China’s
    economic boom has caused pollution to soar,China’s environmental
    regulator has put 30 companies on its first blacklist of pollution
    violators.As Beijing moves to take action on the country’s growing
    pollution problem, the 30 firms will be barred from receiving bank
    loans.The companies in question range from food processors to
    paper-makers and steel manufacturers.China’s emissions of carbon
    dioxide and pollutants have soared on the back of its ongoing economic
    boom.It is not known whether the 30 targeted companies will be able to
    appeal to the State Environmental Protection Administration, or what
    changes they will need to make before they can be removed from the
    blacklist.

    Impossible targets?
    China
    has set a target of cutting the emission of pollutants by 10% between
    2005 to 2010.However, with China now building about two new fossil fuel
    power stations every week, Western environmental commentators say it
    will be all but impossible for it to achieve that reduction.Earlier
    this month, a Chinese environment official admitted to British
    politicians that China was not able “for the time being” to commit to
    binding agreements to cut carbon emissions.The deputy director-general
    of China’s Office of Global Environmental Affairs, Lu Xuedu, was
    speaking to the joint committee on the UK’s draft climate change bill.