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Arsenic Pollution Has Decimated This Village In China And Cursed The Population With Cancer [PHOTOS]

HESHAN China (Reuters) – Xiong Demin could not have foreseen that the mine he worked at for 32 years would leave his home village poisoned and hundreds of residents, including himself and his wife, stricken with cancer. The 71-year-old retired mechanic and his wife, Wen Jin’e, both suffer from cancer, which they blame on arsenic pollution left by the mining and processing of realgar, also known as “ruby sulphur”, near Heshan village in Hunan province. “She and I wake up every day just to await death, there is nothing we can do, there is no hope,” said Xiong, as he lifted his shirt to show skin lesions and warts on his belly, back and legs. Arsenic and inorganic arsenic compounds, often used for herbicides, wood preservatives and in the metallurgical industry, are… Read More

Nearly Two-Thirds Of People In China Consider Themselves ‘Envirionmentalists’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In China, the world’s biggest polluter, about 64 percent of people identify themselves as environmentalists, more than double that of Europe and the United States, a report published on Wednesday showed. The survey by Dutch research agency Motivaction said in China, where public anger has mounted over hazardous levels of pollution in towns and cities, environmentalists had a greater sense of urgency about action needed to tackle the problem than Western counterparts, where the financial crisis has knocked environmental policy down the political agenda. Motivaction, which interviewed more than 48,000 consumers in 20 countries through online surveys, found Chinese greens tended to be socially conservative, devoted to family and traditional Asian values, and pro-business groups which… Read More

60% Of China’s Underground Water Is Too Polluted To Drink

Sixty percent of underground water in China which is officially monitored is too polluted to drink directly, state media have reported, underlining the country’s grave environmental problems. Water quality measured in 203 cities across the country last year rated “very poor” or “relatively poor” in an annual survey released by the Ministry of Land and Resources, the official Xinhua news agency said late Tuesday. Water rated “relatively” poor quality cannot be used for drinking without prior treatment, while water of “very” poor quality cannot be used as a source of drinking water, the report said. The proportion of water not suitable for direct drinking rose from 57.4 percent from 2012, it said. China‘s decades-long economic boom has brought rising… Read More

Chinese Government Admits One Fifth Of Country’s Farmland Is Polluted

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government says in a report that nearly one-fifth of the country’s farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture. The report raises sharp concerns about the country’s food safety after years of unbridled industrialization. Results of a nationwide survey of soil samples taken from 2005 through last year show contamination in 16.1 percent of the country’s soil overall and 19.4 percent of its arable land. More than 80 percent of the pollution is the result of inorganic toxins, with the top three identified as cadmium, nickel and arsenic. The results were released jointly by China‘s Environmental Protection Ministry and its Land and Resources Ministry. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All… Read More

Panasonic Will Pay Their Employees In China Extra For Living With Pollution

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Thursday it would give employees sent to China a wage premium to compensate for the country’s hazardous air pollution, in a possible first for an international company. The move was part of a wider deal reached in Japan’s annual labour talks which saw major firms, including Panasonic and Toyota, agree to boost workers’ salaries for the first time in years, amid concerns about an economic slowdown after a sales tax rise next month. A Panasonic spokesman confirmed the pollution-linked pay premium for its expatriate workers, but declined to give further details or say how many such workers it has in China, which has extensive trade and business links with Japan. So-called hardship pay is… Read More

Corporation raiding Algonquin territory for minerals, selling to Toyota for Prius battery production

By Claire Stewart-Kanigan / The Dominion “Eco-consciousness” and “green living” are centrepieces of product branding for the Toyota Prius. But that feel-good packaging has rapidly worn thin for members of the Algonquin Nation and residents of Kipawa, Quebec, who are now fighting to protect traditional Algonquin territory from devastation in the name of hybrid car battery production. In 2011, after nearly two years of negotiations, Matamec Explorations, a Quebec-based junior mining exploration company, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Toyotsu Rare Earth Canada (TRECan), a Canadian subsidiary of Japan-based Toyota Tsusho Corporation. The memorandum confirmed Matamec’s intention to become “one of the first heavy rare earths producers outside of China.” In pursuit of this role, the company plans to build an open-pit Heavy Rare Earth… Read More

China Is Running Out Of Water, And The Government’s Solutions Are Potentially Disastrous

Northern China is running out of water, but the government’s remedies are potentially disastrous CHINA endures choking smog, mass destruction of habitats and food poisoned with heavy metals. But ask an environmentalist what is the country’s biggest problem, and the answer is always the same. “Water is the worst,” says Wang Tao, of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre in Beijing, “because of its scarcity, and because of its pollution.” “Water,” agrees Pan Jiahua, of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. “People can’t survive in a desert.” Wang Shucheng, a former water minister, once said: “To fight for every drop of water or die: that is the challenge facing China.” He was not exaggerating. A stock image of China is a fisherman… Read More