Coastal Pollution of China Needs Immediate Corrective Actions

by OldSailor on November 10, 2007

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Thanks to rapid industrialization of China. Most of the Chinese rivers are polluted and coastal areas have become unfit for living.

  • China’s eastern and northeastern coasts are dangerously polluted with industrial wastes. Marine life in the coastal area have reached their extinction and sea food industry is worst affected.
  • Heavily polluted areas are the mouths of the Yellow, Xiaoqing, and Zhangwei rivers. Unfortunately, 43 of the 53 major waterways that run into Bohai are heavily polluted.
  • Approximately every year 5.7 billion tons of toxic waste and 2 billion tons of solid waste find their way to the seas. Quantity of heavy metal content already exceeding the acceptable standard by 2,000 times.
  • Residents of coastal belt have started abandoning their ancestral coastal homelands.Legal actions are being initiated on local residents who try to oppose these increasing pollution levels.
  • River water which was drinkable in 1995, has now turned poisonous.
  • Pollutants to the tune of 9,230 tons were released into the seas daily in early 2007, a 6.7 percent increase over the same period last year.

Progress at what cost? Chinese authorities have to decide.

Source:worldwatch

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