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  1. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Environmental watchdog admits to 'cancer village' phenomenon

    Posted Feb 21st 2013, 06:28pm by Ernest Kao

    ... Severe chemical pollution in China’s water systems has caused the spread of “cancer villages”, the country's top environmental watchdog admitted on Wednesday. The Ministry ... that the levels of pollutants - including endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) which interfere with human hormones - in China’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters had surpassed international levels ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1155528/environmental-watchdog-admits-cancer-village-phenomenon
  2. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Chinese official offered huge reward... if he can swim in polluted river

    Posted Feb 18th 2013, 12:59pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com A Zhejiang entrepreneur is offering a 200,000 yuan reward to a senior official if he swims in a polluted river for 20 minutes, as part of an attempt to draw ... was polluted, the report said. But he said the rubbish is from people, and not factories.  “Overpopulation of this region is the main reason behind the pollution…[The population] has largely exceeded ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1153028/chinese-official-offered-huge-reward-if-he-can-swim-polluted-river
  3. News - China

    Xi warns officials they'll be held responsible for pollution 'for life'

    Posted May 25th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... a project that causes serious pollution, President Xi Jinping said yesterday. An environmentalist said it was the toughest warning yet linking officials' political future to their stewardship of the environment. In a Politburo study session on environmental issues, Xi said pollution had become a major concern of the people and China could no longer develop its economy by sacrificing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1245558/xi-jinping-warns-officials-theyll-be-held-responsible-pollution-life
  4. News - China - ZHEJIANG

    Wenzhou policeman gets sick saving girl from polluted river

    Posted May 23rd 2013, 04:49pm by Ernest Kao

    ... A veteran policeman braved sewage and bile to rescue a girl from a river in Zhejiang, but he too ended being hospitalised - and heavily polluted water was to blame. Zhang Guangcong, ... him. The head of the Environmental Protection Bureau, however, did not pay a visit, much to the chagrin of netizens. Online, angry netizens criticised the country’s growing water pollution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1244191/wenzhou-policeman-gets-sick-saving-girl-polluted-river
  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Guangdong coastal water quality is declining, with worst areas around Hong Kong

    Posted May 16th 2013, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... Official report from Guangdong says Hong Kong taking much of the brunt of deteriorating conditions Pollution in Guangdong's coastal waters continued to worsen last year, mainly ... of the province's offshore water was rated "poorer than category four" - the most polluted - last year. That was about a percentage point more than in 2011. Most of category four water ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1238541/guangdong-coastal-water-quality-declining-worst-areas-around-hong-kong
  6. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Beijing only 17th most polluted city, ministry says

    Posted Apr 20th 2013, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... Capital dropped down pollution table in March, ministry says, though activist doubts its accuracy; on average, cities had 17 days of severe smog Beijing has a serious air pollution problem, but officially it was not even among the 10 most polluted mainland cities in the first three months of this year. According to a study of 74 cities by the Ministry of Environmental ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1218694/beijing-only-17th-most-polluted-city-ministry-says
  7. News - China - ENVIRONMENT: ANALYSIS

    Environmental experts say China's new leadership has to tackle pollution

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... New leadership has to declare war on pollution, end power struggles and take on vested interests Lingering smog, dead pigs floating down waterways and rivers turned red and white ... and his background in law offer a silver lining, some experts say he has yet to show real political will and courage by declaring war on pollution, end power struggles between central and local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1219475/environmental-experts-say-chinas-new-leadership-has-tackle-pollution
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Fresh thinking needed to win air pollution battle

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by KWONG SUM YIN

    ... Kwong Sum Yin Kwong Sum Yin welcomes the government's new plan to tackle air pollution but says the whole of society will need to change its mindset, and make sacrifices, if we ... to calls for the departments to work together to tackle air pollution. The plan's announcement also marks another first- the link between public health and air pollution has formally been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1210934/fresh-thinking-needed-win-air-pollution-battle
  9. News - China

    Dongchuan district chief vows to investigate ‘milk river’ pollution

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 07:03pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com Kunming authorities vowed to launch an inquiry into water pollution after an environment official’s endorsement of a “milk river” came under fire. “We acknowledge our faults. [The water pollution] was due to waste water discharge. We will address the problems and amend our conduct,” said Dongchuan district head Lu Ping, referring to a stream in his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1211601/dongchuan-district-chief-vows-investigate-milk-river-pollution
  10. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Pollution devastates rural areas, threatens farmland

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 03:45pm by MANDY ZUO

    ... for the government's decades-long drive to boost food production, leaving fields and waterways across the country severely polluted, a top environmental official said yesterday. Zhuang Guotai, the Ministry ... wasted. He urged special attention to soil pollution, since it builds up slowly and can linger for a long time, as was the case with a pesticide known as "6-6-6". "We banned the use ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1211526/china-soil-survey-reveals-century-old-heavy-metals-and-banned-pesticides

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