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Credit where it's due

Barbara Young feels that the Environment Agency has done pretty well for our environment (NCE last week).

It is certainly good to see cleaner rivers and breathe cleaner air but I wonder how much of our progress here can be attributed to the simple fact that a great part of our heavy industry has closed down.

The bits that remain are cleaner than before, but might it be that we have simply exported our pollution to China and India along with our jobs? Does Barbara Young really want the credit for this?

There is an undoubted short term environmental benefit to us in UKplc but in the long term the disaster for Planet Earth is inevitable. It could even be said to have made things worse, as pollution from factories in China and India is less regulated than it was here latterly. One day we will pay for their pollution too.

JIM PATTERSON ( M), 72 Blackchapel Close, Edinburgh, EH15 3SL

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