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.

Thursday, 11 April, 2013, 5:25am

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The municipal government plans to buy 5,000 electric vehicles this year, the Beijing Times reports. Most of the vehicles will be used by civil servants or bus companies for public transport.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:14am

Province is drying up

Jilin province's desertification has created environmental problems not only for its cities but also for nearby provinces and even Beijing. As land in the northeastern province dries up and becomes deserts, soil is loosened and swept away by the wind, causing sandstorms in central and southern China.

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

No need to remove trees from HK's maintained slopes to stop them falling

Whenever there is heavy rainfall we can expect reports of collapsed trees, such as the one that fell on a passing car in Tai Hang Road (and was featured on your front page photo on May 14).

23 May 2011 - 12:00am

Villagers clash amid bid to fix dump site

The row over illegal dumping of waste in Ho Sheung Heung escalated into a clash between villagers yesterday, and police had to be called to intervene.

16 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

New bid to 'restore' land trashed by dumping

Three months after a tract of New Territories farmland was smothered in illegally dumped construction waste - and as efforts involving several government departments to have it cleared remain stalled - a new twist has emerged in the saga of Ho Sheung Heung.

14 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Saplings planted in bid to show not all waste has to go

Sheung Shui land covered with illegally dumped construction waste was transformed into an instant plantation yesterday in an effort by rural leaders to head off government action.

31 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Manual aims to ensure volunteers are sitting pretty

Keep legs loosely crossed at the ankle, chest erect, lips slightly closed, chin forward and smile with both eyes facing forwards.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

The sand that we see

A sandy beach is made up trillions of tiny grains of rock ranging from 0.0625 to 2 millimetres across. Each beach has its unique mix of sand: the white tropical beaches in holiday brochures often have a lot of crushed limestone, while darker beaches usually consist of quartz, a mineral composed of a chemical compound called silicon dioxide.

12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am


Erosion of the black soil in China's chief agricultural area has caused crop failures, a Ministry of Water Resources taskforce reports.

17 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

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20 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Policy was misguided

I would like to respond to a number of letters and articles that have appeared in these columns and in the South China Morning Post on the subject of shotcreting of slopes.

30 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Chemical and biological weathering

Chemical weathering is the breakdown of rocks due to the processes of hydration, solution, oxidation and carbonation. Rain water combines with carbon dioxide (CO2 ) to form the weak carbonic acid. Under the attack of such acidic rain water, most rock minerals will be weathered. The process is accelerated by high temperature so that it is more active in hot and wet conditions.

3 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Profits sliced at chip-maker

Semi-conductor maker ASM Pacific Technology saw attributable profit slump 44.2 per cent to $112.98 million for the year to December 31 as a result of a global slowdown. It said expectations of double-digit growth in the industry did not occur last year, but shrank by 10.9 per cent.

2 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Sui Chong slide

Sui Chong Holdings suffered a 79.08 per cent profit slump to $2.88 million due to an exceptional loss of $16.86 million for the year to December 31.

27 Mar 1997 - 12:00am