China environment situation ‘still serious’

China spent more on pollution control last year than ever before, but its environment is still under threat as sulphur dioxide emissions continued to rise and water pollution worsened, state media reported the country's environment watchdog as saying on Monday.

China’s investment in pollution control hit a record US$34.24 billion last year, the report said, up 7.5% from 2005.

However, China saw its sulphur dioxide emissions in 2006 reach 25.89 million tonnes, an increase of 1.5%, while overall "discharges of waste water" rose by 2.3%, with domestic sewage rising by 5.8%.

The report said 842 pollution accidents were reported in 2006, including 482 water pollution cases and 232 air pollution cases.

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