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The Songhua Disaster: Is this What it Takes to Learn?

| Thursday December 1st, 2005 | 0 Comments

songhua.jpgIronically, disasters such as the massive benezene spill on the Songhua river in China may be the sort of things that China needs to get into shape in terms of environmental policy and protection. The disaster, in classic fashion, was initially covered up, then met with panic, then finally attended to, albeit slowly and late (Time Magazine). International protest, as well as the muffled, but louder than usually permitted, complaints from the thirsty residnets of Harbin, appears to have pushed the Chinese government toward an ever so slightly more public acknowledgement that their country is teetering on the brink of epic scale ecological calamity.
Amazingly, citizen outcry in the streets and in the press has been surprisingly critical of the government response (Business week) . The question is, how many more disasters of this type will it take to see real change?


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