Coastal cities fall victim of maritime pollution

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China Daily

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Saturday, 13 April 2013

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  • Article

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External to ACUI

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China's coastal areas are suffering from maritime pollution as scenic spots and local environments become increasingly threatened. Two days of gales last week resulted in almost sixty tons of garbage ending up onshore at Silver Beach, dubbed China's No 1 beach, in the southern coastal city of Beihai in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Alongside natural waste such as seashells, seaweed and dead crabs, rubbish dotted the site, turning Silver Beach into a land of garbage. Plastic bags, beer bottles, shattered glass and bamboo sticks used for barbecues were seen piled up in the middle and eastern areas of the beach, thanks to southwestern monsoons. But the 60 tons of rubbish is just part of a broader picture. Last year alone, an estimated 1,800 tons of garbage was found on the beach, according to Yin Fengzhang, environment management director with the Management Office of Beihai Silver Beach Tourist Area.