China is a prodigious manufacturer, and modern manufacturing requires prodigious use of chemicals. Traditionally, China’s regulatory emphasis has been on the combustible, explosive or extremely toxic chemicals used in manufacturing. Avoiding disastrous workplace accidents was the goal. The government has paid less attention to the slow-growing, long-term effects that industrial chemicals can have on people’s health and that of the surrounding environment. Chinadialogue’s collection of bilingual reports on China’s struggles – and victories – over chemical pollution will be eye-opening to international consumers.
In this summary, you will learn
- How China stands to suffer most from chemical pollution,
- Why China’s system for chemical regulations lags behind international standards, and
- How some companies and suppliers are voluntarily creating change.
About the Authors
The authors write or edit for Chinadialogue, a nonprofit organization founded by Isabel Hilton that provides independent reports about China’s impact on the environment.