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Toxic Winds: Coal Ash in Sandstorms

Image gallery | 2011-04-13

Over 500 Hong Kong citizens

Image | 2011-03-20 at 7:00

Over 500 Hong Kong citizens, legislators and social groups joined Greenpeace’s Candlelight Vigil in Central Statue Square to offer condolences and support for the victims of the massive earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan.

Over 500 Hong Kong citizens

Image | 2011-03-20 at 7:00

Over 500 Hong Kong citizens, legislators and social groups joined Greenpeace’s Candlelight Vigil in Central Statue Square to offer condolences and support for the victims of the massive earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan.

Map of the nuclear power plants in the region

Image | 2011-03-16 at 14:38

Map of the nuclear power plants in the region of Fukushima, Japan

Dust

Image | 2011-03-13 at 8:00

Dust-filled air does not prevent these children from playing after school in a village near the Yuanbaoshan Power Plant's coal ash disposal site, in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia.

A herd of cows walk away after drinking from

Image | 2011-03-13 at 8:00

A herd of cows walk away after drinking from the contaminated water here in the coal ash disposal site of the Yuanbaoshan Power Plant. Chifeng, Inner Mongolia.

The wind blankets the air with coal ash

Image | 2011-03-13 at 8:00

The wind blankets the air with coal ash. Yuanbaoshan Power Plant, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia.

The wind blankets the air with coal ash

Image | 2011-03-13 at 8:00

The wind blankets the air with coal ash. Yuanbaoshan Power Plant, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia

The house of villager Liu Sanhu

Image | 2011-03-10 at 8:00

The house of villager Liu Sanhu, in Houshi'erquan Village, near the Fengzhen Power Plant's coal ash disposal site. Liu hopes that his two sons will be able to leave this place and go to college, he says the village is no longer suited for life.

The Gongwusu open

Image | 2011-03-09 at 8:00

The Gongwusu open-air coal mine in Wuhai, Inner Mongolia

The Gongwusu open

Image | 2011-03-09 at 8:00

The Gongwusu open-air coal mine, in Wuhai, Inner Mongolia

Trucks continue to dump coal ash into this

Image | 2011-03-08 at 8:00

Trucks continue to dump coal ash into this valley that has already been nearly filled. The coal ash disposal site belonging to the Dawukou Power Plant, Shizuishan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Trucks continue to dump coal ash into this

Image | 2011-03-08 at 8:00

Trucks continue to dump coal ash into this valley that has already been nearly filled. The coal ash disposal site belonging to the Dawukou Power Plant, Shizuishan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Trucks continue to dump coal ash into this

Image | 2011-03-08 at 8:00

Trucks continue to dump coal ash into this valley that has already been nearly filled. The coal ash disposal site belonging to the Dawukou Power Plant, Shizuishan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Flue gas desulfurization gypsum is transported

Image | 2011-03-08 at 8:00

Flue gas desulfurization gypsum is transported from the power plant and dumped into the coal ash disposal site, in Huinong. Shizuishan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

A layer of corn husks is all the protection

Image | 2011-03-06 at 8:00

A layer of corn husks is all the protection that this coal ash disposal site has to prevent wind dispersal of the tiny, light ash particles. Shentou, Shuozhou, Shanxi province.

A Greenpeace campaigner takes a sample of

Image | 2011-03-06 at 8:00

A Greenpeace campaigner takes a sample of the air to test for toxic pollutants at Shuimotou village. Shentou, Shuozhou, Shanxi province.

Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior sailed to the

Image | 2011-02-25 at 7:00

Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior sailed to the Castle Peak Power Station in Hong Kong, China, 25th February 2011. The Warrior flew a banner, calling on China Light and Power Company to stop favouring commercial clients that are wasting electricity at...

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior projects

Image | 2011-02-14 at 7:00

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior projects the message of "Forget Nuclear, Love Energy Efficiency!" onto the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The light projecting action is held on Valentine's Day, and is directed towards the Symphony of Lights,...

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior projects

Image | 2011-02-14 at 7:00

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior projects the message of "Forget Nuclear, Love Energy Efficiency!" onto the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The light projecting action is held on Valentine's Day, and is directed towards the "Symphony of Lights"...

Datang Wind Farm

Image | 2011-01-12 at 11:57

Datang Wind Farm, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia. August 10, 2010

Chicheng Huanghua Wind Farm

Image | 2011-01-12 at 11:52

Chicheng Huanghua Wind Farm, Chicheng, Hebei province. August 6, 2010

Datang Wind Field

Image | 2011-01-12 at 11:45

Datang Wind Field, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia. August 10, 2010

Three activists unfurled a large 20m x 10m

Image | 2010-11-05 at 7:00

Three activists unfurled a large 20m x 10m banner declaring “Nuclear is not the solution” from the wall of the old wing of the convention center prior to the arrival of the Chief Executive.

Three activists unfurled a large 20m x 10m

Image | 2010-11-05 at 7:00

Three activists unfurled a large 20m x 10m banner declaring “Nuclear is not the solution” from the wall of the old wing of the convention center prior to the arrival of the Chief Executive.

Say NO to nuclear expansion!

Image | 2010-10-31 at 6:00

Say NO to nuclear expansion!

The Datang wind farm in Chifeng

Image | 2010-10-19 at 10:47

The Datang wind farm in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia. (August 10, 2010)

the 2010 China Wind Power Outlook report

Image | 2010-10-13 at 6:00

the 2010 China Wind Power Outlook report highlights China's potential to become a world leader in renewable energy and advocates for policies to support the development of wind power.

China Wind Power Outlook 2010 - Cover

Image | 2010-10-12 at 17:48

China Wind Power Outlook 2010 - Cover

Greenpeace presents to the Chief Executive

Image | 2010-09-27 at 11:32

Greenpeace presents to the Chief Executive Donald Tsang a certificate that reads ‘Carfree Everyday’

Greenpeace presents to the Chief Executive

Image | 2010-09-22 at 6:00

Greenpeace presents to the Chief Executive Donald Tsang a certificate that reads ‘Carfree Everyday’

Over 900 cyclists joined Greenpeace for our

Image | 2010-09-21 at 17:48

Over 900 cyclists joined Greenpeace for our 2010 Cycling Parade, part of Car Free Day

Greenpeace activists investigate pollution

Image | 2010-09-17 at 15:05

Greenpeace activists investigate pollution from a coal ash disposal site belonging to the Shentou Number 2 Power Plant, Shuozhou, Shanxi province. This disposal site does not have any safeguards – not even retaining walls – to protect against...

Greenpeace activists investigate a coal ash

Image | 2010-09-17 at 14:53

Greenpeace activists investigate a coal ash disposal site that belongs to the Yuanbaoshan Power Plant, in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia. The disposal site is located in a small valley, which the power plant has divided into more than 10 sections. One...

Zhao Picheng’s home in Shuimotou village

Image | 2010-09-17 at 12:10

Zhao Picheng’s home in Shuimotou village has been ruined by the Shentou Number 2 Power Plant, Shuozhou, Shanxi province. Continued leakage from the plant’s coal ash pond has raised groundwater levels, flooding cellars in the village. Extended...

A brooding evening rainstorm partially obscures

Image | 2010-09-17 at 12:03

A brooding evening rainstorm partially obscures the Shentou Number 2 Power Plant, Shuozhou, Shanxi province. Its ash pond is in the foreground.

Ash chokes the sky above a coal ash dam owned

Image | 2010-09-17 at 11:58

Ash chokes the sky above a coal ash dam owned by the Shentou Number 2 Power Plant, in Shuimotou village, Shuozhou, Shanxi province. With even the lightest wind, the tiny particles take flight, blotting out the sky like a thick sandstorm of ash.

Greenpeace activists investigate pollution

Image | 2010-09-17 at 6:00

Greenpeace activists investigate pollution from a coal ash disposal site belonging to the Shentou Number 2 Power Plant, Shuozhou, Shanxi province. Many of the villages around the landfill are very polluted. The villagers have reported the...

July to August 2010

Image | 2010-09-16 at 17:00

July to August 2010. After filling each coal ash disposal site, the Yuanbaoshan Power Plant, in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, covers the ash pile with dirt and then plants crops on top. It is meant to control the dust against wind dispersal, but...

The arrival of the Shentou Number 2 Power

Image | 2010-09-16 at 6:00

The arrival of the Shentou Number 2 Power Plant's coal ash disposal site has irrevocably changed Mayi Village, which dates back to the Tang dynasty. Leakages from ash ponds have raised the groundwater and flooded the villagers’ cellars; cattle...

The people of Mayi villager have reported

Image | 2010-09-16 at 6:00

The people of Mayi villager have reported the problems of coal ash pollution to the Shentou Number 2 Power Station several times, but to no avail. The power station’s only response has been to merely continue with its “ecological management” that...

The Togtoh Power Station belongs to the China

Image | 2010-09-15 at 11:56

The Togtoh Power Station belongs to the China Datang Corp, one of the country’s Big Five power companies, and has an installed capacity of 5.4GW. One of Asia’s biggest thermal power stations, it produces about 4.6 million tons of coal ash every...

June

Image | 2010-09-15 at 6:00

June, 2010. A "coal ash storm" in Shuimotou Village, Shuozhou, Shanxi Province, where Shentou No.2 Power Plant is located.

Matt Johnstone's illustration for Car Free

Image | 2010-09-07 at 14:20

Matt Johnstone's illustration for Car Free Day 2010, using tire tracks to depict the marks we leave on the environment when we drive. This one shows a farm within the tire tracks

UK illustrator Matt Johnstone on his bicycle

Image | 2010-09-07 at 13:46

UK illustrator Matt Johnstone on his bicycle. For Car Free Day 2010, Matt created three sets of tire tracks to illustrate the indelible marks left on the environment by our decision to drive. Based in London, Matt is a visual storyteller whose...

Matt Johnstone's illustration for Car Free

Image | 2010-09-07 at 6:00

Matt Johnstone's illustration for Car Free Day 2010, using tire tracks to depict the marks we leave on the environment when we drive. This one shows polar bears and whales in between the tire tracks.

Cyclists part of Greenpeace's 2009 Car Free

Image | 2010-08-11 at 16:48

Cyclists part of Greenpeace's 2009 Car Free Day in Hong Kong

Fishermen carry barrels of oil from their

Image | 2010-07-30 at 19:09

Fishermen carry barrels of oil from their boats to the dock

Shellfish farmers are harvesting and packing

Image | 2010-07-30 at 19:04

Shellfish farmers are harvesting and packing shellfish. There are more than 10,000 small shellfish farms here, most of which specialize in scallops. The shellfish die when contaminated with petroleum.

Greenpeace hands out 300 face masks to workers

Image | 2010-07-30 at 18:50

Greenpeace hands out 300 face masks to workers in the Dalian oil spill cleanup.

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