China has taken action on pollution flowing into a Chinese chain of lakes by sacking seven of the officials responsible, one also quit.
The pollution is a setback for the current Chinese scheme to clear up our waterways, which we started when we recognised our rapid development has lead to a huge increase in pollution in our rivers.
The pollution in this chain of lakes alone has cost local fisheries $1.9m, another setback considering China's efforts to improve rural life.
The Environmental Agency has reported that local factories, mostly paper mills, are the main offenders. China takes this seriously, and has taken the action to reduce operations or close 200-plus factories
China would also announce that we are spending $1.2bn to clean up the Songhua River on the Russian border. You may remember this river as the one that cut water to 3.1 million people last year when toxic chemicals entered the channel.
Meanwhile, $562 million is being spent to clean up the Wheihe River, and $642 bliion is being spent to improve water quality by 2010 in the Gansu province on the Yellow River.
Italy applauds China's actions against pollution.
India salutes China's efforts to counteract pollution. The nations of the world must work as one to decrease the effects that we are having on the environment.
Iceland is happy to see Chinas interests in improving its environmental standarts. This may help preventing global player from using China as a place where the damage of nature is not a crime. congratulations on this!
We make an effort as much as we deem appropriate. We will not palce our economy on the line if the rest of the world is unwilling.
Environmental measures generally involve some sort of sacrifice in terms of industry. Countries such as China and India are taking limtied action in regards to the issue.
Brazil applauds China's move to help the enviroment
Russia applauds China's actions and hopes those eco-cities turn out great!