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Lake Tai’s Champion Keeps Up the Fight

The Wall Street Journal’s Real Time China blog reports that environmental activist Wu Lihong is out of jail and back to his work raising awareness of the pollution in Lake Tai: Mr. Wu’s biggest crime appears to be what...

Li Xiaorong: Speaking of Human Rights

Li Xiaorong, a research scholar at the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, who does consultant work for Chinese NGOs, published in the Baltimore Sun the speech she wishes...

China, A Lot To Be Angry About

From The Economist: Polluted, poisonous and immune to popular efforts to enforce a clean-up: Tai Lake is a metaphor for the state of China’s politics. The plain-clothes police are always there, watching Xu Jiehua. When she...

Protector of Lake Loses Appeal in Chinese Court – Joseph Kahn

The New York Times gives an update on the legal case of environmental activist Wu Lihong: A court in Wuxi, in eastern Jiangsu Province, upheld the conviction of Wu Lihong, who became well known around China for seeking to prevent chemical companies from dumping untreated waste in Lake Tai, China’s third-largest freshwater lake. The ruling […]

In China, A Lake’s Champion Imperils Himself – Joseph Kahn

Third of the New York Times’s environmental series this year, and multimedia package along with this installment: Lake Tai, the center of China’s ancient “land of fish and rice,” succumbed this year to floods of industrial and agricultural waste. The outbreak confirmed the claims of a crusading peasant, Wu Lihong, who protested for more than […]

Whistle-Blower in China Faces Prison – Simon Montlake

The Christian Science Monitor has a report on environmental activist Wu Lihong, who was recently sentenced to three years in prison for his attempts to clean up the polluted Lake Tai: Becoming a political or social activist has long been a solitary, sometimes dangerous path in China. The treatment of Wu and other whistle-blowers who […]

Three Parties In Environmental Politics – Zhu Jiangang

This article is from Southern Metropolitan News. Thanks to Hegel Chong’s translation on his Reading China blog: Over th past 15 years, Wu Lihong has been complaining about the pollution of Tai Lake. In 2005, he was selected as the outstanding environmentalist of China. But he was arrested for fraudulent recently. He was accused of […]

Blue-Green Algae Found in Another China Lake – AP (Updated)

From the International Herald Tribune: Fetid blue-green algae has appeared in an eastern Chinese lake but does not threaten water supplies, state media reported, a week after similar algae contaminated millions of people’s drinking water in a neighboring province. Environmental officials in Anhui province were closely monitoring the potentially poisonous algae bloom in Lake Chao, […]

China’s Woes Vindicate Whistle-Blower – Christopher Bodeen (Updated)

More about jailed environmentalist Wu Lihong and his fight to save Lake Tai: Wu Lihong warned for years that pollution was strangling his beloved Lake Tai. Yet when a disastrous algae bloom, fed in part by pollution, forced a lakeside city to shut off its drinking water two weeks ago, the salesman-turned-environmental campaigner had little […]

Eco-Warrior Faces Jail Term in China – Saibal Dasgupta

From The Times of India: Wu Lihong, a Chinese environmentalist who shook the bureaucracy in the prosperous south China province of Jiangsu is being prosecuted for blackmailing industries. He has been accused by Yixing city administration of extorting $6,875 by threatening companies to expose their activities resulting in environmental pollution. Wu, once nominated as one […]

Leading Chinese Enviro Activist Detained – Bill Powell

The Time China Blog has posted a Wall Street Journal article about the detention of a prominent environmental activist: An environmental activist famous for battling to clean up one of China’s most polluted lakes has been detained, his family and lawyers said. Wu Lihong, 39 years old, was detained last week by police in his […]

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