Soil Pollution Is a State Secret in China

Toxic waste fills the Tailings dam, where strong winds dump millions of tons of radioactive materials in surrounding villages in Inner Mongolia, northwest China Photograph by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Public agitation within Beijing’s smogosphere—including campaigns on Chinese social media and recent aggressive reporting from state-affiliated newspapers—has gradually prompted the government to release more data about air quality. It’s not the same as solving the problem, but the relative openness is an encouraging sign.

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