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  1. Study finds high levels of metals in shellfish

    Posted Mar 03rd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Heavy metal levels in three species of shellfish commonly available in local restaurants exceed the legal limit by up to 15 times, a City University study has found. Cadmium ... and clams, all bought in Tsuen Wan's Yeung Uk Road wet market in October. Cadmium in scallops was found to be 28.6 parts per million, 15 times higher than Hong Kong's legal limit of two ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/739716/study-finds-high-levels-metals-shellfish
  2. The toxic legacy

    Posted May 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... over the death of five villagers in 2009. Blood tests carried out this month by Beijing's Chaoyang Hospital showed three out of four villagers were suffering from high levels of cadmium ... the number of people deemed to have excessive amount of cadmium was just 321. According to medical experts, chronic exposure to cadmium may damage the kidney and liver. It can cause cancer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/968624/toxic-legacy
  3. Fears rise over heavy metals in mainland rice

    Posted Feb 16th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... showing at least 10 per cent of the samples from various provinces contained excessive amounts of cadmium, a heavy metal that can cause bone problems if too much is consumed. And this affects Hong ... Institute, tested more than 100 rice samples bought from markets in six regions in 2007. They found 10 per cent of them contained higher levels of cadmium than the national standard. They conducted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/738266/fears-rise-over-heavy-metals-mainland-rice
  4. Toxic threat part of life for river communities

    Posted Jun 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tagen of Central South University. Leaks of toxic metals such as mercury, lead, chromium and cadmium have been rampant in Hunan province for decades, threatening freshwater supplies ... Xiuying's daughter was found to be poisoned by cadmium when she was two years old in 2006. 'My daughter often complains about foot pain and arthritis, just like my fellow villagers who suffered ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/970843/toxic-threat-part-life-river-communities
  5. Dangerous elements

    Posted Jul 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Paul Mooney Yi Xiaomao has tears in her eyes as she talks about the final days of her daughter, Bingjie, who died in 2008, one day before her sixth birthday, partly from cadmium poisoning. ... jobs in cities. A HEAVY METAL IS A member of a loosely defined subset of elements that exhibit metallic properties. Some of them, including mercury, cadmium, lead, chromium and arsenic, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/973648/dangerous-elements
  6. High social cost of buying cheap clothes

    Posted Mar 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Lisa Genasci

    ... of the world', and Gurao, a town with 80 per cent of its economy devoted to the manufacture of bras, underwear and other clothing. Greenpeace found five heavy metals (cadmium, chromium, mercury, lead and copper) in 17 out of 21 water and sediment samples taken from Xintang and Gurao. In one sample, cadmium exceeded China's national limits by 128 times. Xintang produces over 260 million pairs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/741674/high-social-cost-buying-cheap-clothes
  7. Spotlight on metal processors in pollution clean-up

    Posted Feb 26th 2011, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... for the clean-up in the next five years, with five toxic metals- cadmium, lead, arsenic, mercury and chromium- listed as top priorities in the clean-up. The plan has yet to be published, with officials ... which left more than 4,000 people poisoned by lead and 180 people with excessive concentrations of cancer-causing cadmium. A ministry survey showed that more than 80 per cent of the sediment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/739223/spotlight-metal-processors-pollution-clean
  8. Vegetables fail global metal test but given green light on HK index

    Posted Mar 11th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for cadmium. Only one mainland-imported sample exceeded the Hong Kong standard of 0.1mg/kg- by 2.4 times. Wong said the average heavy metal content in vegetables was acceptable and it would pose little ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/740573/vegetables-fail-global-metal-test-given-green-light-hk-index
  9. Third of toys tested too toxic for children

    Posted Dec 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Shanghai, Guangzhou and Wuhan. In a month they gathered 500 samples and screened them with a handheld X-ray scanner that could detect six kinds of heavy metals- antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/987115/third-toys-tested-too-toxic-children
  10. Business as usual is not an option

    Posted Jul 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Beijing maintains all manner of statistics on economic and social indicators, but when it comes to industrial pollution, it is strangely silent. The facts and figures that are so abundant and readily available about development and growth are nowhere to be found for the number of people stricken by lead, cadmium or arsenic poisoning, the toxicity levels of water in rivers and lakes, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/974425/business-usual-not-option

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