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Macau Launches Late Bid to Cure Its Pearl River Delta Blues

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Science  12 Jun 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5933, pp. 1373-1374
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1373

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Macau, a gambling haven known more for unbridled development than for ecological awareness, passed a milestone on an uncertain road to sustainability this year with the creation of the Taipa-Coloane Wetland Reserve. Another milestone will be passed on 29 June, when Macau establishes an Environmental Protection Bureau. The 10-year-old Macau Environment Council has no authority to enforce laws; the bureau that will supplant it, on the other hand, will have full rein to go after polluters.