» 09/10/2007, 00.00
Beijing concealing water pollution figures fearing total havoc
Top official says test results show that most rural areas and major cities lack clean drinking water. The situation has been getting worse over the past few decades with little done to stop the decline. Obsession with economic growth is blamed. A trillion yuan will be spent to clean up rivers and lakes to ensure clean drinking water.
90% of cities have polluted underground water
The waterbeds supply 70% of drinking water and 40% for agricultural irrigation. Official sources say the situation will get worse in the absence of radical intervention to make maximise resources.
End of the Pearl River industrial "miracle"
This part of Guangdong was the true engine of the Chinese economic miracle. But now there is a shortage of labour, which is being lured away by better salaries in other regions, and production costs are rising. The region is seeking to encourage development of cutting edge services and industries.
Harbin: for the government, it's OK to hide an "ecological catastrophe"
Official sources in China defend the lies told by public authorities about a toxic spill in Songhua River. The controversy in China's media is growing. Russia is alarmed and could ask China for compensation.
In Yixing 80,000 people are without water for a month
Locals complain that water stinks, fish are dead and “the water makes us itch.” Water dealers are making a fortune. Authorities claim everything is back to normal, but residents say it is all a “lie.” Some 1,685 chemical plants operate in the area.
80-kilometre slick of contaminated water reaches Harbin
Benzene levels in contaminated water are 30 times higher than safety levels. It can poison and cause cancer and other diseases. Residents are angry but resigned to see the slick pass through. Russia is also expected to suffer from the pollution.
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