Weekly Roundup: Shock and Blah, Half of Shanghai is Migrant, Scary Environmental Statistics

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 9:45
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With so much going on in China, and only a limited amount of bandwidth, I have created this weekly post to highlight articles that I feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting.

This week there are 4 articles that I have chosen to highlight as each are quite interesting, they are all relevant, and there are issues within each that I think you the reader should be aware of.

If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section.

Shock therapy not enough
Enforcement in China has been an issue for China.  with so many people, and so many issues to cover, it is little wonder that flare ups will continue.  TO aid in the process, there seems to be a different campaign against public ills each week, and many have questioned the real effectiveness of these campaigns.

Far from systematic, one can only hope that through public debate, inclusion of NGOs/ 3 rd parties, and a recognition that changes need to be made the enforcement infrastructure will improve

Transient population reaches nearly half of city’s total
Three years ago through my work with Hands On, I managed a study of migrant schools in Shanghai.  through discussions with Ministry of Education, and with leaders in the migrant community, it was clear at the time that the population was large.. very large.

In fact, with 350,000 primary school kids studying in Shanghai, I worked out that the population was roughly that of New york city.  After all, this quasi legal system of over 200 schools had nearly as many students as the New York Public school system.

Scary Environmental Statistics
This week while reading through 2 reports, I found some scary statistics.

From Can China’s coal industry be reconciled with the environment?

It has been reported that 85 per cent of the sulphur dioxide, 70 per cent of the smoke and 60 per cent of the nitrogen oxides emitted into the atmosphere in China come from the burning of coal (Wang and Feng 2003)

and scarier than that.

From  Water Pollution Emergencies In China, prevention and response

The SEPA survey shows that among 7,555 chemical or petroleum projects in China, 81% are located in environmental sensitive areas such as water networks or dense population areas

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