A river of rubbish: the ugly secret threatening China’s most beautiful city

At 6:00pm in the evening, a pipe on the north side of the Youngor International Garments City factory, dumps large quantities of foul smelling waste water into the river. Caption and Photo source: Photo Source: © Greenpeace / Qiu Bo.


Despite Beijing’s increased transparency with air pollution, water pollution remains a taboo in China. Prominent environmentalists have been charged with espionage for speaking out about the situation.

Greenpeace China told the Guardian that one third of the country’s rivers are contaminated…

Read Full Article; Guardian UK (03-24-2017)

Increasing factory and auto emissions disrupt natural cycle in East China Sea; Science Daily (01-31-2017)
China’s rapid ascent to global economic superpower is taking a toll on some of its ancient ways, patterned around the vast fisheries of the East China Sea. But now those waters are increasingly threatened by human-caused, harmful algal blooms that choke off vital fish populations…

Environmental activism gains a foothold in China; Guardian UK (08-31-2012)
Protesters have pushed green issues on to the state agenda, despite a predictably heavy-handed response…

Greens Protests On The Rise In China, Nature Journal (08-14-2012)

China May Shelve Plans to Build Dams on Its Last Wild River; National Geographic (05-14-2016)

Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as human beings; Guardian UK (03-21-2017)

Whanganui River the first in the world to be given legal status as a person; NZ Herald (03-15-2017)
New Zealand’s Whanganui River now has the legal status of a person under a unique Treaty settlement passed into law. It’s believed to be a world first…