18 October 2019

Serious pollution plagues China bays, estuaries, CNR says

Serious pollution afflicts some of China’s major estuaries and bays, including the Pearl River Estuary, the Yangtze River Estuary and Bohai Bay, China National Radio reported Wednesday, citing the State Oceanic Administration’s 2013 Marine Environmental Status Bulletin. According to data gathered last year from the administration’s 8,700-plus monitoring stations, more than 16.67 million metric tons of pollutants was dumped in the ocean by 72 of the country’s biggest rivers, slightly less than the total for 2012, the report said. About 95 percent of China’s territorial waters met first-class seawater standards, with 144,000 square kilometers failing to make that grade.

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