Pollution in China

Pollution heads south to Shanghai as steel mills driven from Beijing's environs

Steel mills in Hebei province were polluting Beijing, leading to a crackdown that saw many of them move to Jiangsu. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese steel production is moving from its heartland in Hebei province in the wake of government efforts to tackle pollution near Beijing, but Shanghai could be paying the price as steel mills around the commercial capital ramp up output.

Saturday, 4 January, 2014, 2:03am

Land Ministry to map the extent of soil contamination by heavy metals

Soil samples are collected from across the country for testing. Photo: Xinhua

The Ministry of Land and Resources is compiling a nationwide "pollution map" to gauge the level of heavy-metal contamination in soil due to human activities, according to Xinhua.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:43am 1 comment

Beijing promises blue skies and no red envelopes

Zhang Gaoli. Photo: Xinhua

Capital inflows to China are being squeezed by corruption and pollution and Beijing is ready to tackle both head-on to ensure a steady flow of funds, Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli told a gathering of top executives from some of the world's biggest companies.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:05pm

China environment ministry accused of passing buck on project approvals

Pan Yue, Deputy minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Photo: Reuters

The environment ministry is planning to hand many of its approval powers over industrial projects to local governments, a move it says is aimed at reducing regulatory interference.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:52am 1 comment

Pollution devastates rural areas, threatens farmland

Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui province. Photo: Reuters

Zhuang Guotai, the Ministry of Environmental Protection's director of nature and ecology conservation, said the accumulation of fertiliser, pesticides and animal waste - as well governments' neglect of sewage treatment - threatened the country's vital agricultural land.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:25am

Toll of cancer misery rises in Shandong's petrochemical villages

A farmer tends his fields in Liuhang village, inside the Qilu Chemical Industrial Zone in Shandong province. Officials are still reluctant to admit the link between rising cancer rates and rampant pollution. Photo: Simon Song

Jinnan is one of nine villages under the jurisdiction of Jinling Hui ethnic township in Zibo, a prefecture-level city in the centre of Shandong. Jinling Hui town is entirely located within the 22-square-kilometre Qilu Chemical Industrial Zone, according to the township government.

4 Apr 2013 - 5:36am

China's deadly water problem

China's deadly water problem

In the past two weeks, more than 16,000 dead pigs have been fished out of the Huangpu River, near Shanghai, and its tributaries. Outraged Chinese citizens have decried government negligence of the environment, flooding online forums with photos of riverbanks dotted with puce-coloured carcasses.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:28am 4 comments

Who said it?

Dr Zhong Nanshan

We have now reached this stage, where food, water and air - elements of people's basic health and survival - are at risk

Dr Zhong Nanshan on China's environment


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7 Mar 2013 - 2:35am

Three jailed, 13 given suspended terms for violent pollution protest

Thousands of people protest at local government offices in Qidong against a treatment plant in July. Photo: AFP

Three people were jailed and 13 given suspended sentences for their roles in a violent anti-pollution protest last year.

A court in Qidong, Jiangsu province, on Wednesday sentenced the 16, who were among thousands who protested against a planned waste water pipeline at a Japanese-owned factory last July, Xinhua said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Ex-minister blames China's pollution mess on lack of rule of law

Pollution in China had run wild as a result of unchecked economic growth under a 'rule of men', as opposed to the rule of law.

China had a chance to avoid environmental disasters some 40 to 30 years ago, the country's first environmental protection chief has lamented amid worsening air and water pollution.

21 Jan 2013 - 5:32am 7 comments