We’ve been told this week that China has completed a county-wide pollution inventory (or census). This news sounds promising, but,  for the present, as Mother Nature Network reports

detailed census results remain out of the view of an increasingly vocal Chinese public. Only the government and officials at relevant ministries have access to it.

It seems the inventory contains 5.9 million pollution sources. It would be interesting to learn what sorts of categories are used to sort the data, even if we can’t see it. Nevertheless, this effort sounds like a good start.

I doubt if we’ll learn the specifics, however, because having minimal pollution control helps China’s productivity, big-time. If details were known, international boycotts might not be far behind.


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