China slammed for blowing up mountains

2014-06-06 12:32

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Cape Town – China, in its continuous need to create land has decided to bulldoze over 700 mountains, with scientists questioning the ramifications.

According to a report by the Huffington Post in 2012 the city of Lanzhou decided to demolish more than 700 mountains in the region in order to develop the land.

After two years, scientists are now questioning the decision to remove the mountains.

The demolition is said to cost the Chinese government $3.6bn and will knock down 805 kilometres squared of land.

The Chinese government will create an urban centre with the land, hoping to build high rise buildings and a new urban district.

Scientists from the Chang’an University's School of Environmental Science and Engineering however said that government failed to vet the project adequately. The researchers said that the demolition project failed to adequately address the environmental, technical and economic issues effectively.

The scientists picked up a number of issues with mountain demolition programme. The fist being that while flattening mountains may have worked in strip mining, this proves has never been done before in urban construction.

In 2013 the project was halted because of air pollution and consequently an environmental assessment needed to be conducted.

The assessment has yet to be fulfilled even though work has continued due to pressure from local government who want to see the project finished.

The researchers also said that there have been insufficient assessments of the benefits and costs when it comes to land creation.

Angie Wong, spokesperson for the project has said that Lanzhou's is already environmentally poor, with little to no water in the area.

Wong argued that the project will bring water to the desolate area and will promote reforestation.

According to the Daily Mail, China’s second richest man, Yan Jiehe's who is in charge of the project argued that the project is not unsound environmentally or financially.

China's CO2 cap

Earlier this week China announced that it will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016.

The target will be written into China's next five-year plan, which comes into force in 2016, He Jiankun, chairperson of China's advisory committee on Climate Change, told a conference in Beijing.

There had been local media speculation last year that the country would introduce absolute caps, considered more stringent than its current system of pegging CO2 emissions, which have soared 50% since 2005, to the size of the economy.
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