Danger Maps crowd-sources environmental contamination in China

crowd sourced website danger maps locates pollution in china
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China's pollution problems are widespread, recently becoming the number one cause of social unrest in the country.

A new site called Danger Maps is harnessing the power of crowd-sourcing to identify polluted locations, such as waste treatment facilities, garbage dumps and oil refineries. The site was started by Liu Chunlei after he discovered that his Shanghai apartment is near a landfill, something that was not disclosed when he made his purchase.

Bloomberg reports that the internet is becoming an important tool for activists in China:

“More Internet users are starting to understand how important information and data can be for sustainable social activism,” said Isaac Mao, director of the Social Brain Foundation, a social incubator for Chinese grassroots culture. “Visual sites are very helpful for the public to understand the big picture.”

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China's government also announced this week that it plans to conduct its own survey of soil pollution, but it's unclear if the results of this survey will be made available.

Danger Maps crowd-sources environmental contamination in China
A new website aims to gather data on pollution in China.