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Fri Mar 29, 2013, 11:57 PM

Cost of Environmental Damage in China Growing Rapidly Amid Industrialization

BEIJING — The cost of environmental degradation in China was about $230 billion in 2010, or 3.5 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product — three times that in 2004, in local currency terms, an official Chinese news report said this week.

The figure of $230 billion, or 1.54 trillion renminbi, is based on costs arising from pollution and damage to the ecosystem, the price that China is paying for its rapid industrialization.

“This cuts to the heart of China’s economic challenge: how to transform from the explosive growth of the past 30 years to the sustainable growth of the next 30 years,” said Alistair Thornton, a China economist at the research firm IHS Global Insight. “Digging a hole and filling it back in again gives you G.D.P. growth. It doesn’t give you economic value. A lot of the activity in China over the last few years has been digging holes to fill them back in again — anything from bailing out failing solar companies to ignoring the ‘externalities’ of economic growth.”

And the costs could be even higher than the ministry’s estimate, he said. The $230 billion figure is incomplete because the researchers did not have a full set of data. Making such calculations is “notoriously difficult,” Mr. Thornton said.

More at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/30/world/asia/cost-of-environmental-degradation-in-china-is-growing.html?hp&_r=1& .

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Sat Mar 30, 2013, 12:13 AM

1. The speed at which we're burning resources will eventually force innovation.

There is a coal plant near me that has to shut down. For lack of fuel.

The coal that they burn has run out, and the city closest to the next seam they were going to open has not approved the permits for blasting.

So they're going to shut down now and save up the coal they have as well as any remaining shipments so they have it for the summer months.

If only they could have seen this coming. (sarcasm) How do you not have your math down to the day when you're going to run out? I think they're hoping that brownouts due to lack of capacity in the region will make the city jump and sign their permits.

We'll see.

I wish they'd planned ahead 10 years ago for what they were going to do. But you don't profit while you plan in a quarterly earnings world.

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