Friday roundup highlighting environmental news and commentary of the week 

China's new weapon against water pollution: its people [Marketplace]

China is recruiting the public to help them tackle pollution in its rivers with a wechat account.  Citizens can directly report China’s ‘dark and stinky’ rivers to the authorities after which they will be added to a list which is already 2,000 strong, and growing.

Landmark study of elderly Hongkongers ties air pollution to multiple types of cancer [SCMP]

A study nearly 20 years in the making claims that exposure to air pollution significantly increases risk of various types of cancer.

A warning for parched China: a city runs out of water [Marketplace]

An entire city in West China has lost access to running water after the city’s groundwater supplies reached dangerously low levels. China’s entire northern region is suffering from severe water shortages, exacerbated by continued residential and industrial development.  

Some Hebei steelmakers breaching shutdown orders: China ministry

A number of steelmakers in Hebei, one of China’s most polluted provinces, have been expanding and continuing to run steel mills despite government plans to tackle overcapacity in the area.

Plans for coal-fired power in Asia are 'disaster for planet' warns World Bank [Guardian]

The president of the world bank, Jim Yong Kim has warned that expansion of the coal-fired power sector in several  Asian countries- China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam- will seriously damage any progress made by last year’s Paris climate deal. Coal expansion in the four countries counts for three quarters of the world's total planned coal-fired power plants. China announced that it has  already begun to halt construction of new CFPP’s in March although it is still struggling with an overcapacity issue.