Sunday, 15 July 2007

Water Pollution in China

An excellent source of information and data on province and municipality water pollution including mapping capabilities. Data from 2004-2007.

China Water Pollution Map

Link also added to the sidebar.

Update: Today's PlanetArk have an article linked to my initial post. This article highlights how bad things of got - the Kuznet's curve literautre would state that China will eventually reach a per capita income turning point from which point things begin to get better - there are signs of this happening in China but "tipping point" issues need to be considered here. If the underground water sources are polluted they may remain so indefinitely. Equally, desertification and climate change may mean water problems get worse over time.

This is one race I would not like to take part in.

Guangzhou Mayor Leads Mass Swim in Polluted River

GUANGZHOU - Leaders of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou led thousands in a "swimathon" across the Pearl River on Sunday to trumpet its recent cleanup -- at a time of mounting water pollution crises across the country.

Guangzhou Mayor Zhang Guangning fired a starter's gun before leading more than 3,500 people in a much hyped swim across the river, China's third longest, whose lower reaches had been seriously polluted by rapid industrialisation.

The swim, an annual event, was abandoned in the 1970s because of the chronic pollution and resurrected only last year.

Years of promoting economic growth at almost any cost have taken their toll of China's environment, though growing rural discontent caused by dirty water and other pollution has pushed Beijing to promote cleaner growth.

A state media website quoted Zhang as saying the aim of the mass swim was to "make the local residents become aware of the importance of pollution control."

A government report released in May said pollution at the mouth of the Pearl River delta was "extremely severe," and that 8.3 billion tonnes of sewage, much of it untreated, was flushed into the province's coastal waters last year, a 60 percent jump from 2001.

Sunday's 800-metre swim was meant to hail the success of recent cleanup initiatives including new sewage treatment plants -- but some swimmers weren't convinced.

"The water really stinks over there," said one participant surnamed Zhao, who rinsed his mouth with a freshwater hose at the finish. "You can see. The water's black," he added.

Ma Jun, a leading environmental campaigner and water pollution expert, said water pollution was worse in other parts of China. "In many other cities, the water quality is much worse ... The Pearl River is one of the cleaner rivers," Ma said.

Several large freshwater lakes including Taihu Lake were recently blanketed with toxic green-blue algae, feeding on effluent discharged from nearby farms, homes and factories. Millions in nearby Wuxi city had tap water cut off as a result.

Underground water reserves in 9 out of every 10 Chinese cities are now polluted or over-exploited, according to the State Environmental Protection Administration.

4 comments:

BHUVAN CHAND said...

The affects of greenhouse gas ozone, which has been increasing near Earth's surface since 1850, could seriously cut into crop yields and spur global warming this century, scientists reported on Wednesday. For more information about Effects & Causes Of Global Warming

metin2gogo said...

air jordan xxi 21 pe white metallic silver varsity red 323

air max 1 curry wheat white 851

air max 1 white white grey 859

air max 1 ltd wings and waffles limited edition 856

air max 1 nl premium black black varsity red 876

air max 90 black black varsity red 962

air max 90 black black 973

air max 90 black varsity royal 938

air max 90 white grey patent 1015

air max 90 white neo turq rave pink 923

air max 90 white silver navy 1029

air max 90 white university blue yellow 1011

air max 90 white white anthracite 908

air max 90 white white black vivid blue 956

air max 90 white white neutral grey 1027

air max 90 ct le black black university blue 897

air max 90 deluxe clerk pack huf edition baroque brown baroque brown metallic gold 1042

air max 90 dqm bacon edition sail sheen straw mid brown 1041

metin2gogo said...

air max 90 leather black neutral grey 1039

air max 90 leather neutral grey bright cactus flint grey 1038

air max 90 premium brs blue ribbon sports edition white black metallic silver 1034

air max 90 premium glow in the dark pack black voltage yellow 1033

air max 90 premium land navigation pack 1068

air max 90 premium white volt black vivid blue 957

air max 90 premium qk day of the dead black clb purple orange blaze vibrant yellow 896

children air force 1 mid black black red 702

nike jordan 6 rings white white pale blue 1351

shox nz le white astro flint grey light iris 1100

womens shox nz black black university blue 1103

women air jordan 10 x retro white ice green red 204

womens air max 1 alabaster dragon red abyss 819

womens air max 1 white glass blue 810

womens air max 90 pure purple white 907

womens air max 90 varsity maize white 915

womens air max 90 white white wheat 1082

womens air max 90 premium navigation pack jetstream boulder stealth dark copper 1088

metin2gogo said...

air max 90 leather black neutral grey 1039

air max 90 leather neutral grey bright cactus flint grey 1038

air max 90 premium brs blue ribbon sports edition white black metallic silver 1034

air max 90 premium glow in the dark pack black voltage yellow 1033

air max 90 premium land navigation pack 1068

air max 90 premium white volt black vivid blue 957

air max 90 premium qk day of the dead black clb purple orange blaze vibrant yellow 896

children air force 1 mid black black red 702

nike jordan 6 rings white white pale blue 1351

shox nz le white astro flint grey light iris 1100

womens shox nz black black university blue 1103

women air jordan 10 x retro white ice green red 204

womens air max 1 alabaster dragon red abyss 819

womens air max 1 white glass blue 810

womens air max 90 pure purple white 907

womens air max 90 varsity maize white 915

womens air max 90 white white wheat 1082

womens air max 90 premium navigation pack jetstream boulder stealth dark copper 1088