A Third of China ‘hit by acid rain’

From BBC News:

One third of China is suffering from caused by rapid industrial growth, an official report quoted by the state media says.

The pollution inspection report to the standing committee of parliament found that 25.5 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide were spewed out, mainly from the country’s coal-burning factories last year – up 27% from 2000.

Emissions of sulphur dioxide – the chemical that causes acid rain – were double the safe level, the report said. In some areas, rainfall was 100% acid rain, it added. [Full Text]

Also see ABC’s Chemical Spill Pollutes China Reservoir:

A chemical spill in a northwestern Chinese river polluted a reservoir serving at least 100,000 residents for two days until water quality returned to normal Sunday, local officials said.

The reservoir is one of four drinking water sources for Hancheng, a city of 400,000 people, and it serves approximately 100,000 residents, said a man who answered the phone at the Hancheng city government and only gave his surname, Wang.

And CDT’s coverage on acid rain


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