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…

Can’t afford a new home? Check out Anhui-style cargo container apartments

| October 7th, 2010

(From yahoo )As a hot travel destination, Hainan island unsurprisingly enjoys  high home prices. To save costs at the same time give its employees relatively cozy living environment, a factory in Hainan Province builds two-story apartments out of used cargo containers, and housed 40 of its workers in the little Anhui-style community.

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