BEIJING, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- China is paying a high price for pollution resulting from the country's soaring economic development fueled by low energy costs, an environmental report claims.
The average cost of China's resources output is $320 to $350 a ton and continues to decrease, states the China Green National Accounting Study Report by the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning, an arm of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The document was noted in a China Daily report.
That compares with developed economies, which pay $2,500 to $3,500 a ton.
"This means we are consuming about 10 times more energy than the developed economies for the same amount," Ma Jun, director of China's Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, a non-government organization protection agency, told the newspaper. .......(more)