Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Friday, June 1, 2007 at 6:01 PM
a series of photos of the waters of Taihu Lake (more properly Tai Lake - 太湖) at Wuxi in Jiangsu Province - one of which is reproduced here. The photos were accompanied by a short explanation: the author is a student in Wuxi who felt the "terrible" (可怕) effects of pollution as the sulphurous slime stank up the town for two days.
Today there are already eight pages of comments, and the photos have been widely circulated on blogs and other BBS on the Chinese Internet.
The original post added a summary of online reactions:
These are suggestions from netizens who are concerned about the Wuxi water pollution issue:Newer comments left on the original post run the gamut from outrage to frivolous:
- We must absolutely avoid the corrupt capitalist early developer countries' old road of developing first, cleaning up later.on Taihu Pearl website, and shows 'city leaders' drinking water from Wuxi's faucets, proving that it is safe.
The same website today published a photo of a gushing hydrant accompanied by a short article explaining that the city was flushing all the polluted water out of the system.
Xinhua also published a report titled Diversion of Yangtze river to tackle Wuxi water crisis. Excerpt:
China has stepped up the diversion of the Yangtze River to dilute water polluted by blue-green algae in a lake that provides drinking water for millions of people in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province.Jiangsu Province is a hotbed of commerce and industry, and the land surrounding Taihu Lake is highly industrialized. Pollution of the lake has long been a problem, and the government is well aware of it. Linked below is an article from September 2001 titled 'Chinese Vice-Premier Wen Jiabao Tuesday called for effective measures to further curb the water pollution in Taihu Lake'.
Update: The Standard has an AFP story about the lake: Polluted lake spurs race for water.
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