"Huge stockpile of toxic waste in 12 provinces"
More China poison from civilization.Amplify’d from www.chinadaily.com.cn
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BEIJING - One million tons of untreated toxic industrial waste are piling up across China, risking environmental disasters like the recently exposed case in Yunnan province, a non-governmental organization has warned.
Earlier this month it was revealed that more than 5,000 tons of chromium residue were illegally dumped on roadsides and in mountains by a chemical factory in Yunnan’s Qujing city, causing the deaths of 77 head of livestock.
Official tests found “excessive sexivalent chromium” in water in the area where the waste was dumped.
Tests of the groundwater near the factory by Greenpeace, an environmental protection organization, showed that the concentration of sexivalent chromium in the water was 242 times the national standard.
Chromium residue is a heavy metal and hazardous waste residue generated in the production of chromium metal and chromium salt.
Hexavalent compounds in the residue are the most toxic. The soluble and unstable chemical may cause health problems, such as kidney and liver damage, after entering human bodies through respiration, the skin, mucous membranes and digestion of food.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, lists these compounds as carcinogenic for humans.
A national remediation scheme for chromium residue pollution in 2005 showed more than 4 million tons of the chemical had been stockpiled untreated in 19 provinces. This led to official demands that the waste be disposed of safely by the end of 2010.
“Most of the waste was not properly disposed of, but directly discharged into the environment. Some of it was even dumped in important water sources and densely populated areas,” reported the scheme published on the website of the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planning agency.
It also said without decontamination, chromium residue had seriously polluted surface water, groundwater and soil, and posed a huge threat to people’s lives and property.
According to the 2010 Report on the State of the Environment in China, 3 million tons of the residue in seven provinces have been treated, which means there are still 1 million tons left untreated in 12 provinces.
Wang Peilin, deputy secretary-general of the China Inorganic Salts Industry Association, said in previous interviews the figure was 1.3 million tons.
“This Yunnan incident also confirmed that disposal of the waste was not completed by 2010, and was a warning for other businesses which had not completed their disposal tasks. We can no longer be sluggish in the management of waste,” she said.
Official data shows China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of chromium with an annual production capacity of more than 300,000 tons. The chemical is widely used for the manufacture of stainless steel, leather and bicycle parts.
“Due to outdated technology, 3 to 5 tons of hexavalent chromium are generated when producing 1 ton of chromium,” said Ma Tianjie, senior toxics prevention campaigner at Greenpeace.
He said this latest contamination incident once again showed the dangers of the development model of “pollution first, treatment later”.
[Fedora] Fixing SELinux Chromium / Chrome block
The problems occure while SELinux (something like Linux antivirus / firewall) and you need to add a permision for chrome to run some root libraries or something i don’t know for specific… So just switch to root user and enter these commands :
semanage fcontext -a -t textrel_shlib_t '/opt/google/chrome/chrome'
restorecon -v '/opt/google/chrome/chrome'
grep chrome-sandbox /var/log/audit/audit.log | audit2allow -M mypol
semodule -i mypol.pp
That’s it :]
Forget Google, Get DuckDuckGo
Why Google Needs To Go
Recently I’ve been attempting to purge Google from my online experience. If you are wondering why anyone would want to do this, here are three good reasons:
- Google stalks you - Every search you make is saved on Google’s servers, along with your IP address. They install cookies on your computer to track which pages you visit, how long you stay there, and so on. Basically, Google doesn’t care about privacy that much.
- Google engages in censorship - And not necessarily to block copyrighted content. If someone uses their services and does something Google doesn’t agree with they will have everything deleted and their accounts banned. Google also panders to governments everywhere by deleting content, handing over user information, and generally not following their “don’t be evil” motto.
- Google serves biased search results - Because Google engages in stalking, it knows a lot about you. Therefore, it serves search results that are tailored just for you. In this way, it will be less likely that you will be exposed to content that opposes your views. In effect, Google Search is a confirmation bias machine.
To get around this problem I have been looking for a Google replacement. The best one I have found so far is DuckDuckGo. They do not stalk you, they will not censor you, and they will serve search results that are not biased. I also wanted something that imitated Google’s minimalist approach to search, and DuckDuckGo does a better job than Google in my opinion. There are other search engines out there however I’ve personally settled for this one.
If this sounds like something you want to try, go to DuckDuckGo.com. If you want to make the change permanent, you can set it as your default search engine.
- If you are using Google Chrome and don’t like other browsers, I suggest you switch to Chromium. Chrome will track you for Google even if you don’t use their online services.
Download: Windows (32.7 MB) | Mac (35.3 MB)
- Go to DuckDuckGo.com.
- Once the page is loaded, go to Preferences/Settings>Basics>Search>Manage Search Engines. Under Other Search Engines hover the cursor over DuckDuckGo and click Make Default.
- Go to DuckDuckGo.com.
- Once the page is loaded, go to the search bar and click the icon with an arrow, then select Add DuckDuckGo.
- Click the icon again and select Manage Search Engines. Move DuckDuckGo to the top of the list and remove Google from the list, plus any other search engines you don’t want.
- To edit search engines on Safari (Mac) you need to install an app called Glims.
Download: Mac Only (8.6 MB)
- Open the DMG file you downloaded and follow the instructions.
- Once installed and Safari has been restarted, go to Safari>Preferences>Glims>Search Engine List and select DuckDuckGo. You can unselect Google and any other search engines you do not want to use.
- Finally, if you do not want favicons to appear in the tabs (Safari default) go to General>Improve Tabs and switch it off.