On China's Web, Green Activists Grow Bolder

A hazy January day in Beijing Photograph by David Gray/Reuters

When residents of Shifang, in Sichuan province, started worrying about the environmental impact of a planned molybdenum copper plant, they aired their concerns on the Internet. “Without doubt, Shifang will become the biggest cancer town in years,” said a post on Sina Weibo, one of China’s two Twitter-like microblogging sites. “An overdose of molybdenum may cause gout, arthritis, malformation, and kidney problems,” warned another, according to China Elections and Governance, a website launched by the Carter Center in Atlanta and Beijing’s Renmin University of China.

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