04 Jul 2013 - 11:05pm
China's coast has been hit by a massive algae growth, officials say, with vast waves of green washing onto the shores of the Yellow Sea.
Pictures on Thursday showed beachgoers swimming and playing in the green tide in the eastern city of Qingdao, while bulldozers shovelled up tonnes of algae from the sand.
The State Oceanic Administration said on its website the algae, enteromorpha prolifera, started to appear a week ago and had spread across an area of 28,900 square kilometres.
The previous largest bloom was in 2008 when it affected around 13,000 square kilometres, it said... Qingdao officials said they had removed around 7335 tonnes of algae, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
The algal phenomenon is usually caused by an abundance of nutrients in the water, especially phosphorus, although the triggers for the enormous blooms which began to appear in the Yellow Sea in 2007 remain uncertain....The algae are not toxic nor detrimental to water quality but lead to extreme imbalances in marine ecosystems by consuming large quantities of oxygen and creating hydrogen sulphide.
[Other reports say China is using a lot of chemical fertilizers at times over 100% more than necessary. But, the Run-off from farms into waterways and seas has not been officially studied.]
06 Jul 2013 - 03:49pm
Chinese regulators are investigating possible abuses by food processing and packaging giant Tetra Pak.
China's national market regulatory agency says it is investigating possible abuse of market dominance by the food processing and packaging giant Tetra Pak.
The probe is a sign that China is widening its scrutiny of operations by foreign companies in China.
Comments from Tetra Pak were not immediately available. Tetra Pak entered China in 1979.
The investigation comes as China is looking into possible price-fixing by foreign dairy suppliers and examining drug costs by 60 foreign and domestic companies.
[Packaging business has been booming in the last 40 years. The amount of packaging materials in 'general wastes' and in environment (including lands, roadsides, waterways, oceans, ...) poses concerns over the world. We pay for packaging when we buy goods. We pay for packaging in garbage collecting tax or fee. We pay for pakaging in our medical (caused by packaging materials) ,...
For China, they use a lot of packaging. They want to benefit more from packaing.]