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FT.com / Asia-Pacific / China - Chinese website to expose air polluters

One of China's leading environmental activists has launched a "name and shame" website that maps the locations of more than 4,000 air polluters in the country, including 40 multinational companies.

The move highlights the push by activists to put pressure on corporate polluters in China, which is expected to become the world's largest carbon emitter this year.

The Chinese-language China Air Pollution Map, published on Thursday, follows last year's Water Pollution Map, a website that listed about 9,000 companies across the country, including multinationals such as Carlsberg, the Danish brewer.

Ma Jun, founder of the Beijing-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, has named 40 foreign companies on the Air Pollution Map, including Michelin, the French tyre-maker, and BASF, the German chemical company. Subsidiaries of large Chinese enterprises such as Sinopec and PetroChina oil companies are also on the list.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 01:05:02 AM EST
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though, thanks to Chinese media coverage and reporting by the New York Times/IHT, Ma Jun will hopefully not have to suffer the same fate was Wu Lihong.

but Ma Jun clearly has already built up far more guanxi than Wu Lihong had.

the China Air Pollution Map is viewable by administrative regions as well as by drainage basin.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 03:51:35 AM EST
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