Southern Mongolia: Chinese Coal Giant Plunders Water Resources
A photo feature by Bo Qiu of water shortages in Southern Mongolia has exposed how the Chinese state-run coal company Shenhua has been overexploiting water resources and discharging toxic waste. To view the pictures click here.
Below is a blog post from Greenpeace:
We’ve had a fantastic, hot summer this year, cooling down with a drink of water whenever needed.
So when I look at Bo Qiu’s photo feature of water shortages in Inner Mongolia it is a strong reminder that easy access to clean water is not a given for everyone.
An investigative report by our colleagues in East Asia - Thirsty Coal 2 - exposes how the Chinese state-run coal company Shenhua has been overexploiting water resources and illegally discharging toxic wastewater for 10 years.
Chinese photographer Bo Qiu documents the ecological damage and social unrest caused by Shenhua’s coal-to-liquid project in the Ordos grasslands. His photos show dying trees, farmers who feel the impact of reduced water supplies as well as local protesters and the Shenhua Coal-to-Liquid Demonstration Project site. The coal-to liquid technology is a highly water intensive process that produces liquid fuel from coal.