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One woman’s fight against pollution in China

Posted by Author on December 15, 2009


By Marianne Barriaux (AFP) , Dec. 15, 2009-

XINXIANG, China — After years of campaigning to clean up the sludge-filled rivers and acrid air of central China’s Henan province, Tian Guirong no longer has a bed to call her own and says she fears for her life.

As world leaders huddle in Copenhagen for crunch talks on a global climate change deal, Tian’s story is an example of the huge struggle faced by some developing countries trying to fight pollution.

Her group, the Xinxiang Environmental Protection Volunteers Association, has helped close more than 100 polluting factories — plants she says were responsible for illness and death among local residents.

“I’m scared, I don’t dare sleep at a fixed place. Tonight I’ll be at my son’s, tomorrow at my daughter’s, or I stay at my association,” Tian told AFP in an interview at her office in a derelict former factory in Xinxiang city.

“We receive threatening phone calls, and volunteers have also got phone calls at home late at night,” she said, adding she thinks those who call are thugs hired by angry factory owners.

Tian first started her environmental work in 1998, recycling used batteries……. (more details from AFP)

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Fujian Parents Protest New Lead Poisoning Outbreak

Posted by Author on September 18, 2009


NTDTV via youtube,Sep. 18, 2009-

Another outbreak of lead poisoning has been reported in China— this time in an industrial district of Fujian Province.

Radio Free Asia reports that since last Friday, parents in Jiaoyang County have gathered at a local battery factory. They say pollution from the Shanghang Huaqiang Battery Company is giving their kids lead poisoning.

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Google Earth Pictures: Polluted Water in China Discharged into Rivers

Posted by Author on January 12, 2008


Ri Zhao City

Above: Ri Zhao City, Shandong Province, east China

Suzhou City, Zhejiang Province, South East China

Above: Suzhou City, Zhejiang Province, South East China

Wu Xi City

Above: Wu Xi City, Jiang Su province, south China

Tian Jin City

Above: Tian Jin City, east China

Wei Fang City, Shandong province

Above: Wu Fang City, Shandong Province, east China

Xia Men City

Above: Xia Men City, Fu Jian Province, southeast China

He Fei City

Above: He Fei City, An hui province, east China

(All photos are from the Epochtimes’ website)

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Protector of Lake Loses Appeal in China Court

Posted by Author on November 9, 2007


By JOSEPH KAHN, New York Times, November 6, 2007-

BEIJING, Nov. 5 — A prominent Chinese environmental leader has lost his appeal of a three-year conviction on blackmail and fraud charges, according to his wife and his lawyer, even as the authorities promised to invest billions to clean up the lake he fought for years to protect.

A court in Wuxi, in eastern Jiangsu Province, upheld the conviction of Wu Lihong, who became well known around China for seeking to prevent chemical companies from dumping untreated waste in Lake Tai, China’s third-largest freshwater lake. The ruling was made Friday, his wife and his lawyer said Monday.

Mr. Wu, his lawyer and many of his colleagues in the area’s environmental movement said the charges of blackmail and fraud had been concocted by local officials to put him behind bars, after his protests against their collusion with chemical companies attracted widespread news media attention.

Mr. Wu said during his first trial in August that the police had tortured him until he confessed, but judges decided that his confession remained valid. The appeals court in Wuxi did not grant his request for a second trial and rejected the appeal without holding a hearing.

The case showed how the Chinese authorities had tightened controls on outspoken, grass-roots environmental leaders even as they vow to do more to reduce pollution.

A toxic algal bloom on Lake Tai this summer, which officials later said was caused in part by runoff from chemical companies, led to a cutoff of drinking water to several million people for several days in May. Amid national outrage, local officials vowed to close hundreds of chemical manufacturers, and the authorities said they would invest $14.4 billion to restore the lake, one of the biggest environmental cleanups in Chinese history.

Mr. Wu was already in custody when the outbreak began. His prosecution was delayed during the algae crisis, but as news media attention subsided, the local authorities held a one-day trial and found him guilty.

Original report from the New York Times

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Underground Water Table Sinks 4 Feet a Year in North China City

Posted by Author on October 2, 2007


By JIM YARDLEY, New York Times, September 28, 2007-

SHIJIAZHUANG, China — Hundreds of feet below ground, the primary water source for this provincial capital of more than two million people is steadily running dry. The underground water table is sinking about four feet a year. Municipal wells have already drained two-thirds of the local groundwater.

Above ground, this city in the North China Plain is having a party. Economic growth topped 11 percent last year. Population is rising. A new upscale housing development is advertising waterfront property on lakes filled with pumped groundwater. Another half-built complex, the Arc de Royal, is rising above one of the lowest points in the city’s water table.

“People who are buying apartments aren’t thinking about whether there will be water in the future,” said Zhang Zhongmin, who has tried for 20 years to raise public awareness about the city’s dire water situation.

For three decades, water has been indispensable in sustaining the rollicking economic expansion that has made China a world power. Now, China’s galloping, often wasteful style of economic growth is pushing the country toward a water crisis. Water pollution is rampant nationwide, while water scarcity has worsened severely in north China — even as demand keeps rising everywhere.

China is scouring the world for oil, natural gas and minerals to keep its economic machine humming. But trade deals cannot solve water problems. Water usage in China has quintupled since 1949, and leaders will increasingly face tough political choices as cities, industry and farming compete for a finite and unbalanced water supply……. (more details from New York Times: Beneath Booming Cities, China’s Future Is Drying Up)

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China’s Deadly Pollution of Air, Water, Land and Health Status

Posted by Author on July 18, 2007


According to an 18-month study released recently by the Organisation for EconomicPolluted river- Songhuajiang Co-operation and Development (OECD)  and previous exposed World Bank report,  here’s some numbers showing the deadly pollution of air, water, land  and the health status in China:

(picture: The polluted Songhua river near to the Chinese city of Harbin. Photograph: China Photos/Getty, from The Guardian website)

1. “highly polluted” water, covering:

– 1/3 the length of all China’s rivers
– 75% of its major lakes
– 25% of all its coastal waters

    Caused health problem:

– 300 million people are drinking contaminated water on a daily basis
– 190 million are suffering from water related illnesses each year
– Nearly 30,000 children die from diarrhoea due to polluted water each year

2.  Air:

– overtake the United States as the world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases

    Caused health problem:

750,000 Chinese die prematurely each year, Beijing forced the World Bank to delete this figures from a similar report.
– Unless pollution is controlled, by 2020 it will cause 600,000 premature deaths in urban areas and 20 million cases of respiratory illness a year

3. waste:

– More than 17,000 towns have no sewage works at all
– human waste from nearly one billion people is barely collected or treated

– Nearly 70% of the rural population has no access to safe sanitation.

4. Land:
– 27% of the landmass of the country is now becoming desertified

5. City:

world’s 20 most polluted cities are in China

Find related reports from The Guardian (UK), Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) and previous post

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South China City Hit By Biggest Ever Toxic “Red Tide”

Posted by Author on June 8, 2007


Reuters, 07 Jun 2007-

BEIJING, June 7 (Reuters) – Coastal waters off China’s booming southern port of Shenzhen have been hit by the biggest ever marine algal bloom, state media reported on Thursday.

The report comes days after green algae in China’s third largest lake cut off water supplies to millions of residents in Wuxi, in eastern Jiangsu province.

Commonly known as “red tide”, toxic algal blooms can devastate marine plant and animal life and are exacerbated by coastal run-off from fertilisers and untreated human waste.

“This is the biggest red tide that has ever appeared off the city’s coast,” the China Daily quoted Zhou Kai, an expert with the local marine environment monitoring station, as saying.

Zhou said the 50-sq-km (19-sq-mile) slick off the west coast of Shenzhen, a major industrial centre bordering Hong Kong in Guangdong province, was the third outbreak this year and was likely to persist without rain.

“The weather remains sunny and hot, which means the red tide is here to stay for now,” Zhou said.

“We strongly urge the public to stay away from the polluted sea areas and not eat sea products from there,” he added.

Provincial and local governments have poured billions of yuan into cleaning up coastal waters off Guangdong, but discharges from human waste and heavy-polluting industries continue to take their toll.

The bloom would not cause major economic losses, Zhou said, but “the foul smell of the dying algae will be unpleasant for the people living in affected areas, and the tide’s annoying red colour will also mar the pleasant view”.

China has slowed, but not reversed, a rising tide of pollution from frenetic industrialisation, the national environment agency said on Tuesday in the face of increasing public anger over foul air and water.

original report from Reuters

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China’s Longest River Extensively Polluted Beyond Repair

Posted by Author on April 16, 2007


Reuters, Apr 15, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Three Gorges Dam reservoir has been fouled by pesticides, fertilizers and sewage, and more than 600 kilometers of the Yangtze river are critically polluted, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday, citing a report.

The joint report by an institute at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the international WWF organization and the Yangtze River Water Resources Commission also said nearly 30 percent of the river’s major tributaries, including the Minjiang, Tuojiang, Xiangjiang and Huangpu rivers, were seriously polluted.

“The impact of human activities on the Yangtze water ecology is largely irreversible,” Yang Guishan, a researcher of the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one of the chief editors of the report, told Xinhua.

“It’s a pressing job to regulate such activities in all the Yangtze drainage areas and promote harmonious development of man and nature.”

China’s environment has suffered for years as the country has chased rapid economic growth, with little official attention given until recently to the threats of unfettered growth to the nation’s air, water and soil.

Last month at the opening session of the National People’s Congress, Premier Wen Jiabao called for economic growth goals to be balanced with protection of the environment.

Cities along the Yangtze annually dump at least 14.2 billion tons of waste into China’s longest waterway — which Xinhua said accounts for 35 percent of the country’s fresh water resources.

The river’s annual harvest of aquatic products dropped from 427,000 tons in the 1950s to about 100,000 tons in the 1990s, according to the joint study.

It also said the Three Gorges Dam reservoir, the world’s largest water storage facility, was seriously polluted by pesticides, fertilizers and sewage from passenger boats.

– Original report from Reuters: China’s Yangtze river extensively polluted: study

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One Third of Fish Species in China Yellow River Dead

Posted by Author on January 19, 2007


By Clifford Coonan in Beijing, The Independent, 19 January 2007-

Human encroachment, pollution, overfishing and dam-building have killed one third of fish species in the Yellow River, China’s second-longest waterway. Its increasingly desperate plight is also threatening economic growth.

The mighty Yellow River once made its away along 3,395 miles through nine provinces, supplying water to more than 150 million people and watering 15 per cent of China’s scarce agricultural land.

Where once the river teemed with many different types of fish, it now is a graveyard. “The Yellow River used to be host to more than 150 species of fish, but a third of them are now extinct, including precious ones,” an official from the Agriculture Ministry told the People’s Daily newspaper.

The basin was the cradle of Chinese civilisation more than 5,000 years ago, but the river’s fate is closely linked to China’s future because without water, economic development in the north of the country cannot continue at its current breakneck pace.

The river runs from the Qinghai-Tibet plateau in the west across the parched northern provinces of China, through the flood plains of Shaanxi, where it passes through the coal district picking up hefty quantities of pollutants, and into Henan and Shandong provinces.

The Yellow River was known as “China’s sorrow” because it would regularly burst its banks and flood surrounding farmland. It is sometimes called the world’s muddiest river because of the amount of silt it carries.

These days environmental degradation means the river often runs dry before it reaches the sea at the Gulf of Bohai. Its flow hit historic lows for 10 months last year. Fishing catches have fallen by 40 per cent.

“It can be mainly blamed on hydropower projects that block fish migration routes, declining water flow caused by scarce rainfall, overfishing and severe pollution,” the ministry official told the newspaper.

What fish there are in the river are often inedible. In November, parts of eastern China banned the sale of turbot after carcinogenic residues were discovered inside some of the species.

Last month engineers diverted water from the Yellow River into Baiyangdian Lake – the “pearl of north China” and the largest freshwater lake in the northern region – as part of efforts to restore the river’s ecological functions.

Recent years have seen a frenzy of dam-building in China as the country seeks to shift away from dirty, expensive coal-fired power plants towards hydroelectricity. The Three Gorges dam on the Yangtze, which opened last year, is the world’s biggest. Hundreds of smaller projects are being built on other rivers, including the Yellow River. Dams also help to check flooding during the rainy seasons.

Controlling the flooding has long been a problem for the Chinese. At some points along its course, the Yellow River’s bed is 15 metres higher than the surrounding fields because of the constant building and rebuilding of dykes along its route. Chinese history celebrates a man called Da Yu, who mobilised villagers after a flood to build a dyke and drainage canals, before sinking an ox in the river to tame the flow.

( more details from  The Independent’s report )

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China will sink under the weight of its own rubbish

Posted by Author on January 10, 2007


Reuters, 09 Jan 2007-

BEIJING, Jan 9 (Reuters) – China will sink under the weight of its own rubbish within 13 years as millions of rural dwellers migrate to more affluent urban areas, state media reported on Tuesday.

By 2020 the nation’s garbage pile would reach 400 million tonnes, the weight of the world’s entire load in 1997, the China Daily said.

“China’s urban areas will generate the maximum amount of garbage its cities can handle in another 13 years,” the paper said, citing the China Council for International Cooperation and Development (CCICD), a government environmental watchdog.

About 860 million people would be living in cities by 2020, straining an already overburdened urban waste disposal system, the daily said.

It said about 70 percent of China’s urban waste went into landfills, and 30 percent into making fertiliser, but only half could be treated environmentally.

The rising tide of waste would render large tracts of land useless, cause air, surface and water pollution through toxic emissions and spark “explosions”.

The CCICD called for better waste management through clearer garbage classification and public education. (- original report )

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