Oct. 22, 2018

Top 10 Chinese Environmental Events of 2010

January 18, 2011
Source: green.sohu.com

As 2010 slowly becomes the past and enters the long history of China’s environment, its chapter will be one of many scars.  Together with Greenpeace, Green Sohu has selected China’s 10 most significant environmental events in 2010. They serve as a warning and reminder to all of us who are looking forward to a brighter 2011.

1. Droughts in Southwest China
Event outline: Since the end of 2009, Yunnan, Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan and Chongqing provinces in Southwest China have suffered severe ongoing droughts. In some areas these droughts have lasted as long as half a year, affecting over 60 million people and directly leading to economic losses of over 20 billion yuan.
Comments by Greenpeace: The poor become the victims of environmental disasters caused by climate change such as droughts, floods and snowstorms, yet they are responsible for the lowest level of emissions. People in cities can achieve low-carbon relief to disaster victims by reducing their own level of carbon emissions. In the long run, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and thus reducing our carbon emissions is essential to slowing the impact of climate change.

2. Toxic Cowpeas from Hainan
Event outline: Between January 25 and February 5, spot checks by the Wuhan Municipal Agriculture Bureau found that five cowpea samples from Yingzhou and Yacheng, Hainan Province, had pesticide residues of isocarbophos that exceeded healthy limits. The news shocked the whole country as soon as it was released. At the same time, officials from the Hainan Provincial Agriculture Bureau also revealed that “we cannot rule out the possibility that other agricultural products are toxic”, leading to widespread concern.
Comments by Greenpeace: According to statistics, the amount of pesticide used by China in 2008 reached 1.67 million tons, making China the world’s leading pesticide user. Excessive pesticide use has caused severe water, soil