In a remarkable admission from the Chinese government, a Chinese health official has said that China’s lethal levels of pollution is the reason that a baby is born with defects every 30 seconds in the country. Jiang Fan, vice-minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC) made the shocking admission at a conference in Beijing.
Much of the pollution linked to this latest report stems from the massive use of coal without proper emission controls and technology.
In 2007, a government study found that birth defects had increased by roughly 40 percent between 2001 and 2006, but did not establish this type of cause and effect relationship.
I recently participated in an environmental conference on the need for fundamental legal reforms to address China’s environmental crisis, including the use of private attorneys general.
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