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Development and Pollution by Lu Guang, commissioned by Greenpeace International.

Wuhai Chemical Plant produces PVC products that create lots of poisonous waste material and sewage, which gets dumped along the coast of the Yellow River. China is now the world’s second-largest economy. Its economic development has consumed lots of energy and generated plenty of pollution. A habit of directly discharging unprocessed industrial sewage, exhaust gas and waste material has led to pollution of farmlands, grasslands, and drinking water as well as the ocean and the air. Over the past 10 years, factories have been moved from the country’s east to its central and western parts, thus greatly expanding the polluted area and increasing the severity of the situation. Although the environmental protection administration has shut down many small enterprises with serious pollution emission, some still continue to discharge contaminants illegally. Some have adopted covert operations, such as releasing the smoke and gas waste at night. The sewage channel is embedded into the river and ocean for discharging pollution. Western factories have large evaporation ponds to store sewage, but the sewage sinks into the ground, thus polluting the water source. Minerals, such as coal and iron, are expanded to large-scale predatory strip mine exploitation from the original underground mining. Grassland has been turned into desert. Fertile farmland has given way to barren mountains. Herdsmen no longer have grassland. Farmers have lost their farms, their own homelands destroyed, thus causing the villagers to become displaced. Winds carry the exposed coal dust and sand, causing smog. Smog, in turn, forces middle and primary schools to close. Flights get delayed. The highway gets shut down. The number of hospital patients with respiratory disease goes up. Food and drinking water is polluted, which leads to cancer, so common China has seen the emergence of ‘cancer villages’. China’s environmental pollution has already exerted great threats to people’s life and security.

 

From the British Journal of Photography:

The respected photographer has been missing since early November, but the Chinese police have apparently now confirmed that he's been arrested - without detailing why.

The trail of a Tale

The trail of a Tale - 1 Prize 18-35 Years from Connect4Climate on Vimeo.

"A letter from the future is written to our recent past, telling us how the world ´it turned out right´.
It follows the trail of someone that left words written, words of change, of simple change. In this near future, the images of our world are the same, but the value of words can be very different."

A video by Gonçalo Tocha (Portugal)

A pele do planeta.

Chama-se "Planetary Skin" e é um projecto megalómano da NASA e da Cisco que cruza novas tecnologia e ambiente na escala que se exige, planetária, política, económica. Vai com certeza demorar a ter uma realidade e uma utilidade para além das boas intenções, mas vale a pena saber mais. Há também este artigo do New York Times sobre o assunto (obrigado Diogo).

É claro que de boas intenções está este mundo infernal cheio e vale a pena ler este artigo para perceber a distância que muitas vezes delas vai à realidade.

Prix Pictet

A missão do Prix Pictet é promover a excelênica em fotografia, centrada em torno do tema da sustentabilidade ambiental. Não sabemos se vair haver segundo ano (o prémio é financiado por um banco suíço e os ventos não estão amenos para esses lados), mas no primeiro ano, o vencedor foi o fotógrafo canadiano Benoit Aquin, com uma reportagem fotográfica sobre o dust bowal chinês, resultado de anos de agricultura não-sustentável.

Vale a pena ver abaixo o vídeo da Monocle sobre o prémio e a sua entrega em Paris, pelo ex-secretário geral da ONU, Kofi Annan.Quem reporta é Robert Bound, o editor de cultura da Monocle.