Bay Of Pigs: Toll Of Dead Pigs In Shanghai River Nears 6000



SHANGHAI – The first reports came Sunday, and were shocking enough: more than 1000 dead pigs were fished out of Huangpu River in Shanghai, China Daily reported. But by Wednesday the count was approaching 6,000.

According to the labels pinned in the ears of the pigs which are used to trace their information, the dead pigs come from the upstream waters of the Huangpu River located in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. More particularly from the Jiaxing city area in Zhejiang province, where many pigs died in the first 2 months of the year according to local media.

China Daily reports that tests have revealed that some pigs may have died from porcine circovirus, a common pig disease. Authorities in Shanghai on Tuesday night, put the number of recovered pigs at 5916.

Hunan province TV Channel news (Youku)

According to Sina, the municipal government is very concerned about the dead pig toll rate, but ruled out mass swine epidemic. “No abnormal animal epidemic was reported in Jiaxing” said Jiang Hao, the deputy secretary of the city’s veterinary department, at a news conference on Tuesday.

According to Jiaxing Daily, almost all of the 1400 families in Jiaxing’s Zhulin village are pig farmers. In January, 10078 pigs died and another 8325 died in February. Jiang refused to confirm these numbers, and said they have to be officially verified.

Sina reports that Zhang Jiangguo, a businessman specialized in pig farming, said that “Pigs get sick easily due to the cold weather, especially when they lack good protection”.

According to China Daily, most of the dead pigs retrieved in Shanghai have been buried in 7-meter-deep holes and covered with at least three meters of thick soil. Some carcasses were incinerated.

Shanghai municipal government said in statement that after testing the water in the river, it was safe and no diseased pork were detected in markets, reports the BBC

Shanghai Huangpu River is the main water source of the city, it is well-known for its iconic waterfront in the centre of the city, the Bund. To many, it has come to symbolize the new modern China .

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In Argentina, A Visit To World's Highest Solar Energy Park

With loans and solar panels from China, the massive solar park has been opened a year and is already powering the surrounding areas. Now the Chinese supplier is pushing for an expansion.

960,000 solar panels have been installed at the Cauchari park

Silvia Naishtat

CAUCHARI — Driving across the border with Chile into the northwest Argentine department of Susques, you may spot what looks like a black mass in the distance. Arriving at a 4,000-meter altitude in the municipality of Cauchari, what comes into view instead is an assembly of 960,000 solar panels. It is the world's highest photovoltaic (PV) park, which is also the second biggest solar energy facility in Latin America, after Mexico's Aguascalientes plant.

Spread over 800 hectares in an arid landscape, the Cauchari park has been operating for a year, and has so far turned sunshine into 315 megawatts of electricity, enough to power the local provincial capital of Jujuy through the national grid.

It has also generated some $50 million for the province, which Governor Gerardo Morales has allocated to building 239 schools.

Abundant sunshine, low temperatures

The physicist Martín Albornoz says Cauchari, which means "link to the sun," is exposed to the best solar radiation anywhere. The area has 260 days of sunshine, with no smog and relatively low temperatures, which helps keep the panels in optimal conditions.

Its construction began with a loan of more than $331 million from China's Eximbank, which allowed the purchase of panels made in Shanghai. They arrived in Buenos Aires in 2,500 containers and were later trucked a considerable distance to the site in Cauchari . This was a titanic project that required 1,200 builders and 10-ton cranes, but will save some 780,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year.

It is now run by 60 technicians. Its panels, with a 25-year guarantee, follow the sun's path and are cleaned twice a year. The plant is expected to have a service life of 40 years. Its choice of location was based on power lines traced in the 1990s to export power to Chile, now fed by the park.

Chinese engineers working in an office at the Cauchari park


Chinese want to expand

The plant belongs to the public-sector firm Jemse (Jujuy Energía y Minería), created in 2011 by the province's then governor Eduardo Fellner. Jemse's president, Felipe Albornoz, says that once Chinese credits are repaid in 20 years, Cauchari will earn the province $600 million.

The Argentine Energy ministry must now decide on the park's proposed expansion. The Chinese would pay in $200 million, which will help install 400,000 additional panels and generate enough power for the entire province of Jujuy.

The park's CEO, Guillermo Hoerth, observes that state policies are key to turning Jujuy into a green province. "We must change the production model. The world is rapidly cutting fossil fuel emissions. This is a great opportunity," Hoerth says.

The province's energy chief, Mario Pizarro, says in turn that Susques and three other provincial districts are already self-sufficient with clean energy, and three other districts would soon follow.

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