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China ranks among world

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China ranks among the world’s most wasteful users of natural resources, according to a report by a government-linked academic group released recently. The study by the Chinese Academy of Science ranked China 56 out of 59 countries surveyed, with Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, Britain, Holland and Norway the earth’s most efficient allocators of resources.

China’s inefficiency in the use of five major commodities- energy, water, cement, steel and non-ferrous metal was 1.9 times higher than the global average level in 2003, the report said.

The State Council, or China’s cabinet, announced last month that environmental improvements, including the control of water, air and soil pollution, would be a major national priority over the next 15 years.