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The village activist going up against China's polluters

Image | 2013-04-01 at 6:00

Dongying Wei witnesses pollution from a chemical plant. Dongying Wei and her husband Guantong Shao have been investigating environmental pollution for over a decade. They have reported their findings to the government officials and more than one...

World Water Day: 10 facts you ought to know

Blog entry by Ma Tianjie | 2013-03-22 2 comments

We live on a wet planet, and without that water we would not be able to survive. But in places like China where I live, industries such as textile facilities are pumping a nasty cocktail of toxic chemicals into our water – you only...

Capturing poverty and death in China's polluted cancer villages

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2013-03-13

In 2010 Chinese journalist Deng Fei published a Google Map that highlighted some of the country's many 'cancer villages' - a name bestowed to hot-spots of unusually high numbers of cancer victims. Such villages are often blighted...

A woman grieves for her departed husband

Image | 2013-03-11 at 9:27

Su Yunxia mourns for her recently departed husband and father of their baby boy. The father Zhang Qiaoliang, 25 years old, died of throat cancer just before the birth of his child. The cluster of paper and chemical factories about 15km upstream...

Chinese cancer victim in polluted Shaoxing

Image | 2013-03-04 at 7:30

Cao Yungen from Sanjiang village is 62 years old and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. The nearby East China Sea is reported as being polluted with persistent toxic chemicals, the major source of which is industrial discharge. The situation...

Documenting China's 'cancer villages': from Jiangsu to Yunnan

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2013-02-27 1 comment

Last week we heard, for the first time, the Chinese government acknowledge the existence of ‘cancer villages’ .  When our campaigner Mariah Zhao went to visit one such village in China's Jiangsu province, back in 2009, here is...

A life spent on the water

Image | 2013-02-18 at 6:00

Hu Zhenlai has lived on the water all her life. At the end of the ‘80s, she moved with her family from the Hongze Lake in Jiangsu province to catch fish on the Yangtze river. Now her son has followed his father’s footsteps and became a fisherman.

G-Star aims high with a commitment to Detox

Blog entry by Ilze Smit | 2013-02-14

This was originally posted on Greenpeace International on January 31, 2013. Sometimes the longest struggles can be the most rewarding. After ten months of #PeoplePowered activities and behind-the-scenes haggling, G-Star has...

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