China admits environmental future “not optimistic”

| June 16th, 2014
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In honor of World Environmental Day, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection recently released its “2013 China Environmental Status” report, a profile of the water and ambient air quality index (AQI) of 74 “key” Chinese cities during 2013. Surveyors reported 35.9 smoggy days on average during 2013, an increase of 18.3 days from 2012. Haikou, Zhoushan and Lhasa were the only cities that’s average AQI met national standards during 2013, while Beijing, neighboring Tianjin and other cities [...]Read more…

Guangdong factory waste dyes river red, blue

| May 13th, 2014
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Waste from a Guangdong factory dyed a waterway magenta and blue on the afternoon of May 12, according to Guangzhou Daily.

A Huizou printing plant apparently illegally discharged its rubbish into the small waterway about 12 p.m. that Tuesday. Dyed red near the factory and blue upstream, residents noticed the bizarre colors immediately, and sent pictures to Yuanzhou county officials and posted them online.

Shocked, government workers and Boluo Eco-environmental protection agency staff rushed to the scene, and [...]Read more…

China’s Most Polluted Cities of 2013

| February 13th, 2014
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Greenpeace China released the summary of its 2013 survey of Chinese air quality, and the results are clear: The air isn’t.

Of the 74 cities in the report, none of them met the World Health Organization’s recommendations for particulate matter of 2.5 micrometers or less (PM2.5). Only five met the Chinese government’s less stringent standards for PM2.5 levels. In 2012, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection established an annual standard of 35 micrograms per cubic meter for PM2.5. The WHO recommends [...]Read more…

Seven cities in China listed among the ten most polluted cities in the world

| January 29th, 2013
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From: Southern metropolis daily

In the largest 500 cities in China, only less than 1% has met the recommended standard set up by World Health Organization (WHO). The most prominent air pollutant in China is PM10.

The economic cost of pollution in China every year is equal to 1.2% of GDP if calculated based on the related disease and is 3.8% of GDP if calculated based on willingness to pay.

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Chinese mitten crabs invade German waters

| September 6th, 2012
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From Sina:

Destroying fishing nets, hurting other fishes, and damaging the dams… the mitten crabs originating from China have grown into a disaster in German with their huge population, leading to a loss of up to €80 million. However, German fishermen came up with a brilliant idea recently, and that is to sell the Chinese mitten crabs to Chinese restaurants.

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Beijing’s air pollution level heightened by Spring Festival fireworks

| January 28th, 2012
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From Netease: [picture form QQ]

The Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau released post-Chinese New Year PM10 and PM2.5 air concentrations, measures of particles in the atmosphere. The data suggests a correlation between the recent decline in the air quality and the number of fireworks that were set off in celebration of the Spring Festival.

The two days surrounding the celebration witnessed a spike in the level of air pollution.

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20 wedding bikes to pick up the bride, happiness is most important

| August 15th, 2011
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From Chengdu Commercial Daily:

From Changqing Road to Yinsha North Street in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, it is only a 30-minute bike ride without traffic jam.. But for the 29-year-old Huang and 26-year-old Zhao, it’s the most special rout of their lives. Huang rode the bikes with 18 of his friends to pick up his bride Miss Zhao on August 11.

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66-year-old lady in Hong Kong stops the construction of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

| April 25th, 2011
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From Netease:

50km long Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge cost over 70 billion Hong Kong Dollars. Now the construction was suspended by an elderly woman. Maybe it cannot be completed in 2016 on schedule.

The elderly woman was Zhu Qihua. She thought that Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge was not assessed on the impact of ozone, sulfur dioxide and suspended particles, which was unreasonable and illegal. She applied for a judicial review of the environmental assessment report of Hong Kong last year. On 18th, Hong Kong [...]Read more…

Designed in China, self-powered turnstile: Green Pass

| September 7th, 2010
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(ixiqi) Have you ever noticed the widely used turnstiles at the subway stations, the Olympic Games, the World Expo etc. venues wherever that has a huge crowd? When everyone passes through them, you need to rotate the stile in one direction once – in most cases, this rotation is overlooked and neglected by most people, but the “most people” do not include the students of the VIVA design team at the Guangdong University of Technology, in their eyes, this [...]Read more…

Newly-wed literally burn the road with 300-meter-long fire crackers lines

| March 23rd, 2010

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Xi’an netizen “Gu Cheng Fei Niao” couldn’t wipe the picture or the sound of a wedding he saw in February. So he uploaded the photos he took to share about what he called “the most superb wedding firecracker works in history”.

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Garbage cleaned up in Wuhan Village

| September 16th, 2009
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“Wang Haofeng Focus Times” (王浩峰聚焦) posted a follow up of the blog post “Garbage out of Control in Wuhan Village” couple days ago. NetEase BBS, IFeng BBS and other Chinese websites published the story of garbage out of control in a village of Wuhan city Hongshan district causing village residents, students, women and children having a hard time passing through the street and severe contamination of the river nearby.

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Garbage Out of Control in Wuhan Village

| September 12th, 2009
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Do you believe it? When people pass through this street of a village in Wuhan city Hongshan district, they need to cover their noses and eyes and hold their breath.

September 8th a Netease blog called “Wang Haofeng Focus Times” (王浩峰聚焦) went to the scene to inspect and reported the observation in the blog post.

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