China Environment Minister: Yep, It’s Bad

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Firemen work at the site of a chemical leak at a Chinese factory on Oct. 14, 2010 (Liu Jinkuan/Color China Photo/AP Images)

China’s Environment Minster has published an essay on the web site of his young agency warning that if the nation doesn’t do more to mitigate the environmental consequences of the nation’s economic expansion, things won’t be expanding for long.

Zhou Shengxian writes:

“In China’s thousands of years of civilization, the conflict between humankind and nature has never been as serious as it is today. … The depletion, deterioration and exhaustion of resources and the worsening of ecological environment have become bottlenecks and grave impediments to the nation’s economic and social development.”

(via the New York Times)