The Stream, July 13: Water Pollution in China

Leading global clothing brands source products from Chinese suppliers that pollute rivers with toxic chemicals banned in Europe and elsewhere, Reuters reported, citing a Greenpeace report published on Wednesday.

Africa Drought
East Africa’s devastating drought is likely the result of strong seasonal weather phenomenon in the region and is not tied to climate change, UPI reported.

While a dire drought is gripping East Africa, new data shows that only two in every five people in the Southern African Development Community has access to safe water for drinking and household use, IPS News reported.

China’s plans to use massive new hydropower development to boost its power capacity by nearly half by 2015 will only have a limited effect on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and could further damage the country’s clogged river system, a Reuters analysis said.

Chinese photographer Lu Guang talks about his award-winning images of the Dalian oil spill in July 2010. The pictures he took portraying the death of firefighter Zhang Liang won a World Press Photo award in 2011.

Chinadialogue reports on Beijing’s desperate efforts to quench its thirst. The city is torn between desalination and pumping resources from the south. Read more about Beijing’s acute water shortage on Circle of Blue.

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