China uses cameras on drones to catch industrial polluters unaware

Date of Release: 
Mar 11 2014

The mainland's environmental watchdogs have long been criticised for their alleged lax supervision of industrial polluters. Even when the agencies did crack down, their inspections were obstructed by local officials.

Now the Ministry of Environmental Protection is mobilising a fleet of drones to record images of factories discharging untreated pollutants into the atmosphere. The drones can fly virtually undetected.

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