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  1. News - China - GREEN MATTERS

    Eco-warrior Liu Futang bears brunt of indifference

    Posted Oct 25th 2012, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... contributions to tackling local environmental problems and his poor health. They have condemned the mistreatment of the 65-year-old, who was detained in July while receiving treatment in hospital ...

  2. Villagers fear pollution toll will escalate

    Posted Aug 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Fengxiang High levels of lead and cadmium have been found in adults in a county in Shaanxi where toxic chemical waste from a smelter has poisoned 850 children. The presence of cadmium, and confirmation that adults are also suffering, reinforced the belief of villagers in Fengxiang county that the scale of the public health emergency in the northwestern province ...

  3. Journalists held for investigating metal leaks case

    Posted Aug 06th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... protests than heeding their health concerns. Medical check-ups for people living more than 1.2 kilometres from the Xianghe plant have been delayed since Friday. The plant had processed indium ... their health and drinking water. But villagers are not convinced and are fed up with bureaucrats, who they say have covered up pollution for at least five years. They said more protests had been ...

  4. Villa residents to fight incinerator project

    Posted Oct 09th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... said. 'Once the incinerator is built, it will be too late to complain about its devastating impact on our health.' He lives in Napa Valley, a villa estate next to Beijing's ... named after a village north of Beijing, will bring enormous health risks including cancer-causing dioxin to hundreds of thousands of people. Household waste treatment has become an increasingly ...

  5. 'Put quality first when rebuilding'

    Posted Jul 17th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing The central government should allow residents more say in the long-term reconstruction of earthquake-hit areas and give priority to the quality of the rebuilding process rather than its speed, international experts said yesterday. ...

  6. Lawmakers draft rules to prevent officials accepting cigarette 'bribes'

    Posted Feb 25th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Administration and large tobacco companies, Xinhua quoted mainland health activists as saying. Analysts said if the bills were passed, it would be the first time on the mainland that accepting cigarettes would amount to taking bribes. As part of the anti-smoking campaign which has gathered pace in recent months, the Ministry of Health's National Tobacco Control Office and several ...

  7. Anger mounts as number of poisoned children climbs

    Posted Aug 21st 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... public-health crisis comes as officials at the centre of another poisoning outbreak in Shaanxi province admitted that a factory that was supposed to have been shut down was still operating. In Hunan, ... Zhengshe on Monday. After hundreds of villagers broke into the guarded factory and clashed with police, Mr Dai promised the smelter would be shut immediately and not reopen until it met health ...

  8. Too little done to promote sorting of waste, critics say

    Posted Oct 10th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... built close to residential areas, and they have little impact on local environment and public health,' he said last month. But he admitted that waste incineration could produce foul odours ... to international standards and their health impact would be minimal, outspoken mainlanders said they had little confidence in the government's ability to honour its commitment, citing a series ...

  9. Skies clearer, but data is still murky

    Posted Aug 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... of the Sino-US study was that despite cleaner air during the Olympics, particulate air pollution still exceeded what the World Health Organisation considers safe. Mr Du said the government statistics were the best proof to counter critics, particularly among sceptical expatriates in Beijing, who have continued to complain about the air and its potential health risks, citing independent ...

  10. Death factory's dirty secret

    Posted Aug 06th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... to them all these years about the risks of refining indium. 'We had absolutely no idea that what we did would cause such devastating damage to the environment and to our health. Bosses only told us about making big money. They never talked about health hazards.' The founding of the Xianghe Chemical plant coincided with a sharp surge in the price of indium on the international ...




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