Authorities Investigate Pollution in China's Iconic Erhai Lake

Gao Shan, reporting for RFA's Mandarin Service (translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie):

An iconic lake at the heart of a popular beauty spot in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan has turned milky-white with pollution from nearby companies, local residents and officials said.

Local residents began posting photos online in recent days of the now turbid and white waters of Erhai Lake in the tourist region of Dali, historically famed for its crystal-clear waters.

”The government and the companies are all in it together.”
Erhai Lake, April 6, 2011.

Erhai Lake, April 6, 2011.

Greed transcends economic or political systems. Capitalism and communism both treat the environment as an externality. Ponzi scheme you are in, consume you it will.