» 01/19/2007, 00.00
Death of a sea from industrial waste and coastal build-up
Billions of tonnes of untreated liquid and solid waste are killing the Bohai Sea. The authorities are spending billions of yuan to clean up the sea but plan also more factories and larger harbours. Here is the third in a series of articles about China’s environmental crisis.
The Government: drinking water for 32 million farmers, but ten times more are left without
Clean drinking water promised by 2010, but 320 million are left without and a further 190 million forced to drink toxic water. Beijing’s interventions are hindered by industrial pollution and the lack of cooperation from local governments who focus on economic growth to the detriment of the environment. The Bohai sea is in Danger. Fourth Dossier on pollution.
No way out of China’s cancer villages
China’s massive industrial boom has poisoned land, water and entire villages. In Shangba, water is orange coloured. Cancer is wrecking havoc to residents’ health. With neither compensation nor medical treatment, they cannot leave, victims of progress that brought them no benefits.
Shandong farmers use water for drinking and irrigation from a river as black as ink
Hundreds of thousands of farmers must use filthy water for drinking and irrigation. The economies of entire farming and fishing villages have been destroyed. Authorities do not seem concerned and do not stop the pollution or help locals whilst local governments are more interested in increasing industrial developments. First part in a series of articles on China’s pollution crisis.
Pollution: Fujian farmers destroy machines of 11 factories
Damages amount to 11 million dollars. Meanwhile the Harbin authorities evacuate 5 thousand people after a chlorine leak contaminates local water system.
Millions of hectares of Chinese farmland polluted with heavy metals
Twelve million tonnes of grain must be destroyed. Land and water sources are polluted with heavy metals and other toxic substance. The government pledges quick action, but does not provide details. Given its current drought, China’s food self-sufficiency is in jeopardy.
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