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China fails to cut main pollutants, says government

China failed to rein in two major pollution indicators in the first half of the year as soaring energy use and lax environmental controls thwarted policies to combat water and air pollution, said the China Daily on Wednesday, citing government sources.
"Environmental protection and economic development are not proceeding in unison," the China Environment News, the official paper of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), wrote in an editorial.

China has set a goal of cutting pollution output by 10% over the next five years. But just last week, Chinese authorities said acid rain caused by sulphur dioxide emissions affected a third of China's land mass last year, posing a threat to food safety.

The official environmental monitor also said its key measure of water pollution -- "chemical oxygen demand" (COD) -- rose by 3.7%. In the editorial, SEPA laid the blame for the rising pollution on poor enforcement and a "crude mode of economic growth."

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