Can the Environment Wait?: Priorities for East Asia

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World Bank Publications, 1997 - Political Science - 42 pages
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Page 1 - Smoke and small particles from burning coal cause more than 50,000 premature deaths and 400,000 new cases of chronic bronchitis a year in 11 large Chinese cities.
Page 1 - ... investing about 1 percent of GDP each year gradually rising to 2.5 percent over the next 25 years — divided roughly equally between air and water investment — would greatly reduce pollution in China by 2020 (94). The report also noted that the operating and the average investment costs each year of such a program would gradually rise to about 2.5 percent of GDP by the end of the period. According to the World Bank, the benefits of these measures exceed the costs by large margins, and these...
Page 3 - French cities, for example, increased from about 32 years in 1850 to about 45 years in 1900, with the timing of changes corresponding closely to improvements in water supply and wastewater disposal.
Page 42 - East Asia's Environment: Principles and Priorities for Action (Washington, DC: World Bank, Discussion Paper 287, 1995); and Asian Development Bank, Emerging Asia (Manila: ADB, 1997).
Page 6 - States—is that it is very expensive to undertake a rapid transition from neglecting environmental goals to giving them high priority.
Page 36 - Manila will be vehicle emission standards linked to efforts to encourage the use of alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas or LPG, especially in buses and light trucks.
Page 15 - Comparisons with other forms of environmental degradation show that air pollution causes the greatest damage to health and loss of welfare from environmental causes in these economies.
Page 20 - Air Pollution and the Social Costs of Fuels," World Bank, Environment Department Working Paper, Washington, DC, forthcoming.

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