Dec 07

Shanghai’s Record Pollution Is Creeping Inside Buildings (ZeroHedge, Dec 7, 2013):

As we noted earlier, pollution in Shanghai has reached record levels causing the government to ban cars and cut production across factories. The images below are not photoshopped or edited… this is the day–to-day life in that bustling city looks like… and in case you thought moving inside was ‘safe’, “the fog” is creeping into the buildings too now… All we are waiting for now is the rotting corpses of over-capacity Chinese industries to come out of the dark…

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Apr 08

Pigs, Ducks, Black Swans, Chickens And Now Fish: The Shanghai Animal Apocalypse Accelerates (ZeroHedge, April 8, 2013):

Shanghai just can’t catch a break – first it was floating dead pigs, then ducks, then black swans, then mass chicken exterminations, and now fish. From the Telegraph: ” Just weeks after over 16,000 putrefying pigs were pulled from Shanghai’s Huangpu river, more than 250kg of dead carp had to be retrieved from a river in the city’s Songjiang district. Mystery still surrounds the cause of death, but numerous explanations have surfaced in the Chinese media since residents first complained about the foul-smelling fish last Monday. Theories reportedly include climate change, electrocution, an explosion or even a drug overdose. The Shanghai Daily quoted a local government official who “speculated” the fish could have been “drugged.” So, in China things are so good, even the fish are ODing on sleeping pills? Hardly, but the fact that this is even floated “out there” just shows how miserably The Onion has missed its IPO window.

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China has become notorious for its polluted rivers, largely as a result of decades of unbridled economic growth. Last year a senior official conceded 20 percent of the country’s rivers had become “too toxic for human contact”.

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Apr 06

Chinese H7N9 Bird Flu Strain Found In Chickens, Poultry Markets Closed, Culled As Epidemic Concerns Spread (ZeroHedge, April 6, 2013):

When we updated last on the most recent happenings in Shanghai (and now various adjoining provinces) as a result of the spread of the H7N9 bird flu, which has so far taken 6 lives, we warned that it is “starting to have major spillover effects on the broader economy, such as mass slaughter of poultry at local markets – a move which will have certain inflationary effects to an economy already on the cusp of losing the war with the G-7’s hot money.”

Indeed, while the human casualties may be promptly contained, it will be the downstream effects on the economy that will have long-term reverberations. As SCMP reports, following yesterday’s spot checks at various closed Shanghai poultry markets, the H7N9 strain has been found to have infected local chickens. “The ministry said last night that 10 chicken samples from two markets in the Minhang district of Shanghai and at the Huhuai Farm Products Market in the adjacent Songjiang district had tested positive for H7N9. The virus was also found in two pigeon samples and seven environmental samples collected from these markets, out of a total 738 samples tested.”

The result has been widespread culling of chickens both in Shanghai and elsewhere, and while the government has been “generous”, promising to pay vendors “compensation equal to at least 50% of the market price of the poultry slaughtered”, the result is a complete collapse in all chicken-related sales. Continue reading »

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Mar 12

Hogwash Update – Latest Number Of Floating Chinese Pigs: 5,916 And Rising Fast (ZeroHedge, March 12, 2013):

First it was 900, then 1200, then 3000, and now the latest tally of dead pigs floating in the Shanghai water supply has hit nearly 6000. AP has the latest number: ” The number of dead pigs found floating in a river flowing into Shanghai has reached nearly 6,000. The Shanghai municipal government said in an online announcement that 5,916 swine carcasses had been retrieved from Huangpu River by 3 p.m. Tuesday, but added that municipal water remains safe.” At what point will the dead pigs begin to pose a health challenge? 10,000? 100,000? What is the maximum Chinese Surgeon General RDA of dead pig in one’s drinking water? And whatever it is, how long until, pulling a page from Fukushima, it is quickly doubled? But perhaps the biggest question is what is causing this mass death phenomenon, and what does it mean for the quality and safety of other pigs in circulation? Continue reading »

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Mar 12

Update:

China ‘Hogwash’ Update: Latest Number Of Floating Pigs In Shanghai River: 5,916 And Rising Fast


China’s ‘Hogwash’ Getting Worse As Floating Dead Pigs Rise To 3300, Pig Virus Found (ZeroHedge, March 12, 2013):

When we first reported on China’s “hogwash” yesterday, the number of floating pigs in Shanghai’s water supplying Huangpu River was a “modest” 1200. It has since tripled to 3300. From SCMP: “The agriculture and environmental protection departments in Shanghai’s Songjiang district have pulled more than 3,300 dead pigs out of the Huangpu River, which flows through the municipality, in the past week.” What is worse is that at least one pig-related virus has been found in a water sample: “Porcine circovirus, a common hog disease that is not known to be infectious to humans, was found in a sample taken from the water, Shanghai’s animal disease control department was quoted as saying by eastday.com a major Shanghai news portal.” The good news is that tests by the Shanghai Animal Disease Prevention and Control Centre on five sets of internal organs taken from the dead pigs has ruled out five other diseases including foot-and-mouth, hog cholera and blue-ear. Of course, this is China, whose disclosure record is second only to Japan, where as a reminder the government said the radiation level was under control days after the Fukushima explosion, even as the reality was far grimmer.

More from SCMP:

The website quoted local water and environmental authorities as saying tests of water samples collected from six sites on the river showed that the poor water quality on the Songjiang district section of the Huangpu, a source of drinking water for Shanghai, was similar to the same period last year.

However, it said tap water from water suppliers in Songjiang and several neighbouring districts was in line with national standards.

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Mar 12

… because the water quality is already so bad (‘within the normal range’) that 1200, oh wait aminute, NOW 3000 dead pigs do not make any difference.

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China ‘Hogwash’ Update: Latest Number Of Floating Pigs In Shanghai River: 5,916 And Rising Fast


1,200 Dead Pigs Found In Shanghai River (ZeroHedge, March 11, 2013):

Over the past month the west had its “horsemeat” scare, where horse DNA traces have been found in pretty much everything. It is now China’s turn to reciprocate, with 1,200 pigs found in Shanghai’s Huangpu River. Why someone would dump thousands of dead pigs in the river? Who knows – we are confident that it is bullish, however, and it is time fro GETCO or K-Hen to do something about this strange reddish color in the futures. It is not helping with confidence in central planning…

From China.org

The municipal authorities said the retrieved pigs would be collected and handled in a harmless way.

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Oct 21

Forgetful grandparents in Shanghai are being tracked by satellite to help their children keep an eye on them.


Shanghai has 3.2 million residents aged 60 or above and by 2020 one-third of its population will be over 60 Photo: EPA

A pilot scheme in China’s most advanced city will give GPS devices to 35 families to track their elderly relatives.

If the seniors move a certain distance away from their home, a text message with their exact position is sent to their families.

The device can also inform relatives if its wearer has been motionless for longer than ten hours.

“Protecting elderly people, especially those with mental health problems, by keeping them from wandering off, is a major challenge. We often get reports that old people are lost, or that they have wandered off,” said Gong Linglin, the deputy head of the office in charge of ageing-related issues, who said the scheme particularly targeted people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.

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