Is Pollution Really a Trouble that Weighs on China’s Heart?

Date: 8th September, 2015

In March 2015, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called pollution a “blight on people’s quality of life and a trouble that weighs on their hearts”. It’s unfortunate that the Chinese Premier doesn’t apply those same principles to China’s overfishing and chemical waste dumping in the South China Sea.

The South China Sea has a unique ecosystem with a rich abundance of fish and a repository of valuable natural resources. Research has shown that the extensive coral reefs in the South China Sea support several thousand different species of organisms. Extensive Chinese land reclamation projects and rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are rapidly acidifying the ocean. As we approach the historic 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, China needs to come clean about its chemical waste dumping and destruction of coral reef that threatens the food security of millions.