Washington Monthly has a good piece in the current issue about China’s unwillingness to crack down on environmental dissidents. This is a good thing, since, as the article points out,
Of the world’s twenty most polluted cities, sixteen are in China. Ninety percent of the country’s cities have contaminated groundwater. The World Bank predicts that in the next fifteen years, China’s shortage of clean water will create 30 million “environmental refugees.”
Now, whether the government will continue to look the other way if these movements start stirring the pot a little more is not entirely clear.