Thursday, November 8, 2007

E-New From Asia

Environment law delayed, China minister says
By Richard Spencer in Beijing
A key new law to tackle the notorious environmental devastation caused by China's industrial boom has been delayed indefinitely by internal opposition, a vice-minister has revealed in an unusual public revelation of splits inside the governing apparatus.

President Hu Jintao, former President Jiang Zemin, and Premier Wen Jiabao at the Party Congress
In an interview with one of the country's more independent newspapers, Pan Yue, the vice environment minister, said a law designed to improve controls on development was meeting "enormous resistance".
Some departments and local governments "don't support this project very much, and have even tried to avoid their duty to put environmental assessment into place under a variety of excuses," he said.
His interview came in the wake of the 17th Communist Party Congress, the five-yearly gathering which affirms all key policy and personnel decisions for the government, and which continued to stress the primacy of economic growth.
This was in stark contrast with promises by President Hu Jintao and prime minister Wen Jiabao over the past five years that the country was going to be "rebalanced" to curb growth rates and tackle some of the world's worst environmental disasters.

and from Pakistan

Awareness of environmental issues among children stressed
ISLAMABAD: Environmental issues awareness among children is essential to develop an environment-friendly attitude of society, Environment Minister Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat said on Wednesday.Hayat was addressing a prize distribution ceremony of an art competition among local schools’ children at a local hotel. He said the government had initiated a project to involve teachers and children in a mass awareness campaign against environmental issues.Hayat said environment protection was vital to the survival of people in future. The government is committed to investing in future generations not only to make them aware of the environmental hazards but also to impart quality education to them for creating international level environment scientists, he said. Addressing the ceremony, Environment Secretary Mian Muhammad Jamil said art pieces created by schoolchildren portrayed that they were aware of the environmental threats. Hayat distributed prizes among the winners of the art competition at the end of the ceremony.

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