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China Amasses War Chest to Confront Its Environmental Nightmares

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Science  19 Mar 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5972, pp. 1440-1441
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5972.1440-a

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In a nod to rising public expectations, China's government work plan for 2010, rolled out last week at the country's two major annual political powwows, puts the environment front and center. At the National People's Congress, officials announced that science priorities include new energy sources, energy conservation, environmental protection, and marine technology. Plans call for $20.7 billion to be spent mostly on engineering solutions for environmental woes. New initiatives are planned in health and food safety as well (see sidebar).