Yellow River

Can China save the Yellow--its Mother River?

The proliferation of factories, farms, and cities--all products of China's spectacular economic boomis sucking the Yellow River dry. What water remains is being poisoned. From the canal bank, Shen points to another surreal flash of color: blood-red chemical waste gushing from a drainage pipe, turning the water a garish purple. This canal, which empties into the Yellow River, once teemed with fish and turtles, he says. Now its water is too toxic to use even ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Kaizar Campwala - Apr 16, 2008 - 9:16 AM PDT
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Edited by: Dwight Rousu - Apr 17, 2008 - 10:11 PM PDT

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Dwight Rousu
4.6
by Dwight Rousu - Oct. 1, 2008

The perils of overpopulation, pollution, corporate corruption of government, destruction of nature, they all show a scene of incredible importance to people all over the world. These are concerns we share with the Chinese people and can be a focus of cooperation in working for the survival of the human race on the planet.

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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Oct. 1, 2008
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Allan Warren
4.8
by Allan Warren - Oct. 1, 2008

First off, kudos to the author because this is an extremely difficult story to report. She did a wonderful job of putting the story in context and interviewing the real people that this story impacts, a necessary outcome because Chinese officials are loathe to comment on these topics. The language and imagery paint a scene that the reader can visualize. However, I found myself not wanting to continue reading once I got past the first couple of pages. While the author pointed to "flickers" of hope, this story is more doom than anything. A friend of mine recently was watching the Nat. Geographic channel and his reaction was, "Our world is f*#ked." It's important that journalists don't make readers feel that there is no hope, ... More »

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