China To Introduce Death Penalty For Egregious Polluters

pollutersHarsh but fair? Via Scientific American:

Chinese authorities have given courts the powers to hand down the death penalty in serious pollution cases, state media said, as the government tries to assuage growing public anger at environmental desecration.

A new judicial interpretation which took effect on Wednesday would impose “harsher punishments” and tighten “lax and superficial” enforcement of the country’s environmental protection laws, the official Xinhua news agency reported: “In the most serious cases the death penalty could be handed down.”

Protests over pollution have unnerved the stability-obsessed ruling Communist Party. Thousands of people took to the streets in the southwestern city of Kunming last month to protest against the planned production of a chemical at a refinery.

Severe air pollution in Beijing and large parts of northern China this winter have added to the sense of unease among the population.

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  • Andrew

    Sounds good to me!

  • BuzzCoastin

    most of the serious pollution in China
    comes from construction work
    for example:
    4 years ago I moved into a neighborhood in East Bumphuck Beijing
    in that time, within a 1 mile square radius
    ~50 buildings 35 stories high have been built
    the main road that passes by my neighborhood
    has been ripped up & redone several times
    a subway line is being dug &
    entire neighborhoods are being leveled
    for more 35 story buildings
    and that’s just one little neighborhood

    they stopped construction in Beijing for 5 years prior to the Olympics
    just to get the air quantity down to western levels