08 Nov '11, 7am

One Tenth China's Land Said To Be Highly Polluted With Heavy Metals - Coal May Be To Blame

One Tenth China's Land Said To Be Highly Polluted With Heavy Metals - Coal May Be To Blame

Though no doubt much is lost in translation, this story just out of China, carried by AFP and other outlets, asserts that, "About 10 percent of China's farmland contains excessive levels of heavy metals due to contaminated water and poisonous waste seeping into the soil, state media said Monday, citing a government survey. Pollution from heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cancer-causing cadmium is often blamed for poisoning entire villages and crop-growing land in China as factory bosses flout environmental laws and farmers use toxic fertilizers." Accuracy of the 10% assessment is probably quite low; but, point taken. I doubt it possible for consumer product factory emissions to have created a situation where 10% of the land surface was evenly contaminated by heavy metals. A very different interpretation makes more intuitive sense. It's Coal Lead mercury and cadmium ar...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/energy-disasters/one-tenth-chin...

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straitstimes.com 07 Nov '11, 7am

BEIJING (AFP) - About 10 per cent of China's farmland contains excessive levels of heavy metals due to contaminated water ...

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