As closing time approaches, the 20-story wholesale clothing emporium called Shiji Tianhe Market is madness. All day, local bargain hunters and retailers from outside Beijing have been sifting through apparel varying from faux fur coats to the latest South Korean fashions.
Chinese laborers drain sewage water from a leaking septic tank at a copper mine in Shanghang, Fujian province, in July 2010. Local environmentalists hope a case filed against four Chinese mining executives accused of destroying a stretch of forest will prompt a wave of legal action across the country, where discontent is rising over a growth-at-all-costs economic model that has spoiled much of China's water, skies and soil.
A lawsuit filed against four Chinese mining executives accused of destroying a stretch of forest is shaping up as a test of China’s strengthened environmental law and the ability of green groups to make companies more accountable for their actions.