China pollution costs 5.8% of GDP

Pollution costs China around 5.8% of its gross domestic product each year, state media quoted the World Bank as saying on Tuesday, a figure far higher than past official Chinese estimates.

Absenteeism due to health and other pollution-related problems is costing about US$100 billion a year, or about 5.8% of GDP, Xinhua
quoted World Bank China country director, David Dollar, as saying.

Air pollution alone was costing about 3.8% of GDP, Dollar was reported as saying.

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