CHINA: 1.2m killed by air pollution in 2010

Air pollution contributed to the deaths of 1.2 million people in China in 2010, according to data presented at a summit in Beijing this week. The Independent  reports The study, led by researchers at the University of Washington, said air pollution posed the fourth largest threat to the health of Chinese people, behind dietary risks,Continue reading “CHINA: 1.2m killed by air pollution in 2010”

China’s Massive Water Problem

From NY Times This month, a hundred years after the completion of the Panama Canal, China is expected to finish the first phase of its gigantic South-North Water Transfer Project, known in Chinese as Nanshui beidiao gongcheng — literally, “to divert southern water north.” The phrase evokes the suggestion, attributed to Mao, that “since the south hasContinue reading “China’s Massive Water Problem”

CHINA POLLUTION : Beijing targets capital’s suburban smog

China is trying to put the environment – and has the political clout to do it – but will it be, like the case of the finless dolphin in previous post too little too late? Let’s be positive hope not… China going green!? China Daily reports   The Beijing municipal government has put the environment at the top of its work agenda this year, launching a campaign to tackle pollution, especially in the suburbs. According to a plan released on Thursday, the government will make efforts to improve sewage disposal, garbage treatment and air quality, as well as curb illegal construction.   The fog-shrouded buildings are seen in Beijing, capital of China, in this March 17, 2013 file photo. [Photo/Xinhua]  Continue reading “CHINA POLLUTION : Beijing targets capital’s suburban smog”

China loves pork too much…

The thousands of pig carcasses dumped in a river are a symptom of the rush to satisfy the demand for meat. The Guardian reports Over the last fortnight, more than 16,000 dead pigs have been recovered from tributaries of the Huangpu, the river that arcs through Shanghai. Mottled and swollen, adult hogs and piglets were first spottedContinue reading “China loves pork too much…”

CHINA: With 6,000 Dead Pigs in River, Troubling Questions on Food Safety

BEIJING — Pork buns and tap water may be off the menu in Shanghai, China’s biggest city with more than 23 million people, after thousands of dead pigs were found floating in the Huangpu River, which flows through the city, and in upstream tributaries. About 6,000 animals have been fished out so far in anContinue reading “CHINA: With 6,000 Dead Pigs in River, Troubling Questions on Food Safety”