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 […]

In China, a Green Awakening – Ariana Eunjung Cha

From The Washington Post: One morning this summer, residents of this eastern city awoke to find that their beloved Tai Lake had turned rancid. The water was filled with a bloom of blue-green algae that gave off a rotten smell. It was not only undrinkable; it was untouchable. Few living things stirred in the water. […]

A New War on Taihu Lake – Southern Weekend

Time to win the new war on Taihu Lake pollution. An old one has pretty much lost. Translated from Southern Weekend: Wu Shouxin (Âê¥ÂØøÈë´), a 68-year-old retired teacher, lives right off a tiny river called Lengdu Gang (ÂÜ∑Ê∏éÊ∏Ø), part of the water system of Taihu Lake. His first thing every morning, over the past seven […]

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 […]

“Water Crisis, Wuxi, China” Protest Video

A video on YouTube, reaching out to an audience outside of China, narrates the Wuxi water pollution situation with a photo slideshow, concluding with the message: “My dear foreign friends, please help to stop your capitalists earn their fortunes at the expense of our future.”

Polluted Lake Spurs Race for Water – Robert Saiget

From AFP, via The Standard: Authorities in a major mainland city issued emergency orders Thursday to stem panic water-buying after heavy pollution in a lake contaminated drinking supplies for millions of people. The Wuxi city government said it was doing everything it could to rid the Tai Lake of a huge algae bloom that was […]

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