Environment

China Denies Evidence that Slaves Make Its Solar Panels

Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities employed by solar panel plants in China’s western region of Xinjiang are working “of their own will” and paid a competitive salary China’s state-run Global Times claimed Thursday, refuting recent reports from Western media outlets and think tanks alleging the minorities operate under slave labor conditions.

Solar panels and wind turbines work in an integrated power station in Yancheng city, in Jiangsu province, on October 14, 2020, during a media tour organized by the local government. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

China Announces Toxic Water Ocean Dump After Criticizing Japan

The Chinese government is allowing toxic wastewater from a state-run power plant in northeastern China’s Liaoning province to flow into the Bohai Sea — a minor section of the Pacific Ocean’s Yellow Sea — despite recently criticizing Japan for its planned release of nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean.

This photo taken on December 22, 2020 shows garbage trucks lining up in front of a waste incineration power plant in Shenyang, in northeastern China's Liaoning province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)