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  • Dec 25, 2014
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Water Pollution

Wenzhou policeman gets sick saving girl from polluted river

Zhang Guangcong rescues a girl from a polluted river. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Doctors diagnosed him as having a severe infection of the lungs, most likely contracted from the bacteria-infested river.

Thursday, 23 May, 2013, 5:18pm

Paper talk, May 18, 2013

A dog like this bit the policemen. Photo: Sam Tsang

Sunday, Oriental Daily

Drinking water from Dongjiang fails to make the grade

18 May 2013 - 4:11am

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

Sixteen red tides, like this one in Shenzhen, were recorded in Guangdong last year. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Pollution in Guangdong's coastal waters continued to worsen last year, mainly in the Pearl River Delta, which affected offshore water quality in Hong Kong.

16 May 2013 - 4:33am

Video of grieving pink dolphin mother underscores plight of disappearing species

A pink dolphin is seen in Hong Kong waters.

WATCH THE VIDEO | Distressing scenes as a mother fought to stop her dead calf from sinking into HK's polluted waters have highlighted plight of iconic pink dolphins.

5 May 2013 - 2:32pm 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, April 22, 2013

Public hospitals offer quality service. Photo: Felix Wong

I refer to John Shannon's letter in which he stated that the decision in the foreign domestic helpers' right of abode case was unjust. I don't think the Court of Final Appeal's decision can be rightly criticised as unjust; the court only did what it is meant to do: apply the law to the facts in order to reach a decision.

22 Apr 2013 - 1:58am 2 comments

Dongchuan district chief vows to investigate ‘milk river’ pollution

A villager carries buckets of water to be used for drinking from a white polluted stream in Dongchuan district of Kunming, Yunnan province. Photo: Reuters

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 jurisdiction in Yunnan province.

10 Apr 2013 - 7:03pm

Officials in Lanzhou say bodies floating in river not affecting water quality

A worker on a boat clears garbage from the Yellow River in Lanzhou in northwest China's Gansu province. Photo: AP

Between 2008 and 2012 police extracted 417 bodies from the Yellow River, which runs through the region, Lanzhou authorities told the China News Service on Thursday.

29 Mar 2013 - 1:53pm

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

Henan landfill threatens to pollute Beijing's drinking water

Jinhai Lake, one of Beijing's major sources of drinking water. Photo: Xinhua

A giant mountain of rubbish in Henan province is threatening to pollute a reservoir that provides drinking water for more than 20 million Beijing residents, the Beijing News reported on Friday.

23 Mar 2013 - 12:28am

China coastal waters suffering increased, 'acute' pollution

A Chinese boy swims in the sea by a rubbish-strewn beach along the sea coast in Anquan village, south China's Hainan province. Photo: AFP

China’s coastal waters are suffering “acute” pollution, with the size of the worst affected areas soaring by more than 50 per cent last year, an official body said. The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said 68,000 square kilometres of sea had the worst official pollution rating last year, up 24,000 square kilometres on 2011.

22 Mar 2013 - 12:21am 1 comment

Hunan villagers refuse to drink tap water deemed 'safe'

Taihu Lake, struck by a rapidly spreading canopy of algae, in Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu province. China aims to spend US$850 billion to improve filthy water supplies over the next decade, but even such huge outlays may do little to reverse damage caused by decades of pollution. Photo: Reuters

About 20,000 residents from the town of Changshou in Hunan province’s Pingjiang county have refused to drink local tap water for years despite quality control tests showing no evidence of contamination.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:24pm

I'll swim in moat to show it's not polluted, says Shaoxing mayor

A boat sails past snow-covered residences alongside an intracity waterway in Shaoxing, east China's Zhejiang Province. Photo: Xinhua

Last month, local residents of the coastal Zhejiang province said on microblogging website they would offer environmental officials as much as 300,000 yuan if they swam in polluted rivers. Shaoxing mayor Qian Jianmin’s pledge to swim in the city’s moat appears to be the first firm response to the challenge.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:32pm 1 comment

Villager assaulted after challenging official to swim in polluted river

Online photo shows scratches and bruises on Chen Yuqian's face. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Pailian villager Chen Yuqian, 60, made the offer last Wednesday so the official could aware how polluted the river was. But instead, Chen Yuqian was roughed up by over 40 villagers on Sunday morning, his daughter Chen Xiufang revealed on microblog Sina Weibo.

26 Feb 2013 - 5:25pm

Letters to the Editor, February 26, 2013

Shipping containers will not be good homes. Photo: Bloomberg

I do not agree that one way to help young people who are desperately hunting for affordable housing is to accommodate them in shipping containers stacked beneath flyovers.

26 Feb 2013 - 3:56am 1 comment

Pollution in China affects more than 50pc of underground water

Rubbish clogs up a polluted canal on the edge of Beijing. Photo: AFP

China Central Television reported that 55 per cent of the underground water of Chinese cities is rated level four or five on Thursday, quoting a study by the Ministry of Land and Resources.

22 Feb 2013 - 7:50pm