China’s Pearl River Estuary ‘Destroyed’: Report – AFP

From AFP:

About 8.3 billion tonnes of sewage from 82 sources were discharged into the ocean off the coast of Guangdong last year, up 60 percent from five years ago, the report said.

Pollutants such as inorganic nitrogen, phosphate and petroleum were boosting the number of harmful ‘red tides,’ or algae blooms, that suck the oxygen out of the water and leave coastal zones of dead fish and other species, it said.

‘It’s an inevitable result of economic growth,’ the paper quoted a researcher surnamed Zhang at the Guangdong Ocean University as saying. [Full text]

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