Yangtze River pollution continues growing
The Yangtze River, the longest in Asia,with a long about 6300 Km and a basin of 1800.000 Km2, remains seriously affected by pollution. The first government study on environmental conditions reveals that far from diminishing, pollution of the stream continues growing and already there are 600 Kilometres in critical situation.
This paper, prepared by the China Academy of Sciences, the Yangtze Resources Commission, the Ministry of Water Resources and the environmental organization WWF reveals that the river receives annually 14,200 tons of contaminated water, equivalent to 42% of total drained in throughout the country. Pesticides, fertilizers and exhaust passenger ships are among the main pollutants, especially in the area of the Three Gorges Dam.
All this pollution is significantly affecting aquatic life, its environment, the extinction of species such as white-flag dolphin, and economic, as that currently extracted four times less fish and other products than 50 years ago.
The study also shows that 30% of the tributaries of the Yangtze are “seriously contaminated,” including large streams like the River Min, the Tuo, the Xiang or the Huangpu, which passes through the city of Shanghai.
On the other hand, there is talk of a possible increased risk of future natural disasters by river floods, which currently is already responsible for more than 70% of floods that China suffers every year.