2012 Toxics Press Releases

 

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Marooned ship could unleash 7,000 tonnes of concentrated sulfuric acid off Guangdong

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-03-20

As reported on CCTV last Friday: Earlier this week a South Korean ship carrying sulphuric acid sank in waters off Southern China. Environmentalists now warn that a leak of thousands of tonnes of acid could lead to a disaster.  ...

Campaign Director Sze Pang Cheung: "China's environment is now at a crossroads"

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-03-14

In the historic year of 1997, Greenpeace opened its office in Hong Kong. Fourteen years later, the reasons for Greenpeace working in China and Hong Kong are as clear as ever: China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases .

Baby sleeping in a factory in Guangdong

Image | 2012-02-20 at 14:00

A sleeping infant in a weaving factory in Gurao, Shantou. In Gurao, where the economy is centered around textile production, Greenpeace has found high levels of industrial pollution and has documented the effects on the community.

Hangover cure for the textiles industry: a step-by-step detox plan

Blog entry by Martin Hojsik | 2012-02-10

2011 saw six of the world's biggest clothing brands commit to the elimination of hazardous chemicals and begin to Detox  - all thanks to the power of the people. Pressure is now mounting on those who have yet to commit; they must stop...

Before there can be clear water there must be clear data

Blog entry by Ma Tianjie | 2012-02-02

Image (cc) willc2 and Greenpeace How can transparency and better information disclosure help solve the heavy metal pollution problem China is facing today? The cadmium pollution incident in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region...

Our campaigner on CCTV talking about Guangxi water contamination from cadmium

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-01-31 2 comments

Our toxics campaigner Ma Tianjie recently appeared on China's CCTV news program "China 24" to discuss the recent toxic metal contamination of water supply in Guanxi Autonomous Region. The responsible mining company, Jin Cheng Jiang...

List of toxic items gets a makeover

Feature Story | 2012-01-17 at 21:14

Following the release of our original report from December, we received a lot of requests for more testing on toxic toys and other children's products. We figured since we were doing more testing, we might as well add them to our already...

Chinese Greenpeace activists go undercover to expose factory toxic pollution

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-01-11

Last year Greenpeace toxics team went undercover to infiltrate factories that were releasing hazardous chemicals into China's waterways. Campaigner Zhang Kai looks back on the challenges and successes of the Detox  campaign, a...

Lead Mine Wastewater in China

Image | 2012-01-02 at 13:30

Wastewater from lead and zinc mine tailings flooded the original pump house at the foot of Bao Mountain in Guiyang County. Guiyang County is rich in non-ferrous metals mineral resources, such as lead, zinc, manganese, gold, silver and so on.

Greenpeace in China's cancer villages: testing 100x over the safe limit for chromium

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-12-26 1 comment

Earlier this year  we were all shocked by the news that a chemical company in southern China's Yunnan province had been illegally dumping toxic cancer-causing waste near the village of Xinglong. The problem was so serious that the...

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