Soil Contamination

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.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 4:43am 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

Beijing couple's tap water protest goes down the plughole

Zhao and husband Li in video

A Beijing couple who said last week that they had not drunk tap water for two decades because of health and safety concerns told state media yesterday that the quality of the capital's drinking water was good and up to international standards.

8 Jan 2013 - 5:07am 1 comment

Beijing researchers abstain from drinking city's 'deteriorating' tap water for 20 years

Nitrate levels in Beijing's tap water system is edging closer to the maximum limit. Photo: SCMP

Nitrate levels in Beijing’s water system are edging dangerously close to the maximum limit set by the state, according to a Beijing couple.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:45pm 1 comment

China's heavy metal and chemical pollution worsening

China's heavy metal and chemical pollution worsening

A senior environmental policy official has warned the mainland faces an "extremely grave" environmental crisis that will only worsen as pollution increases and the health problems its causes come to light.

6 Jan 2013 - 9:29am 4 comments

China should release data on polluted soil

Luo Jianxiang, a villager of Shuangqiao village stands on the polluted farmland. Photo: Felix Wong

The high-profile emphasis on environmental protection at the Communist Party's 18th national congress was eye-catching. The news immediately boosted the A shares of environment-related industries, and spurred industry demands for timely information on the environment.

29 Nov 2012 - 3:19am

Living with a toxic time bomb

Across the mainland, many once grimy industrial cities have enjoyed a makeover. Where countless factories once stood, now there are towering office blocks, luxury apartments and underground shopping malls. The air, usually, is cleaner and there are parks and tree-lined roads.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Most vegetables 'contaminated'

Almost every vegetable sample taken from major supermarket outlets in a recent survey contained pesticides - in one case seven times over the safety limit - Greenpeace said yesterday.

Eleven of the 12 samples taken from ParknShop, Wellcome and Jusco in February contained residues of various types of pesticides.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Teen in critical condition after dad's brutal attack

5 May 2012 - 12:00am


Illegal developments must be stopped

Columbariums - places to store urns containing human ashes - have been built without permission on Po Toi Island and in the New Territories, and the natural landscape has been damaged. I think the government is not doing enough to stop these illegal building activities.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

'Use idle sites to ease land shortage'

An independent lobby group of professionals is urging the government to first develop underused and polluted rural sites - which together make up an area equivalent to half of the Kowloon peninsula - before resorting to reclamation.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Pesticide use blasted as risk to children, pets

The Hong Kong government has been accused of being 'totally irresponsible' over health risks to humans and pets by failing to control adequately the use of potentially dangerous chemicals to kill weeds and mosquitoes.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Milk cartons are recalled in scare over chemicals

Food safety watchdogs have ordered Hong Kong's Trappist Dairy to stop selling all milk products sold in cartons and recall those on shelves over fear of chemical contamination.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Impact assessment in need of review

Striking a balance between the needs for development and environmental protection is not easy. In a city where development is synonymous with progress, conservation has always been a difficult course to champion, until a law was put in place to mandate all projects to undergo green impact studies 13 years ago.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook Andrews McMeel Publishing (e-book)

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am