Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/11/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Waste, toxic chemicals dumped by textile plant renders Citarum the most polluted river in the world

As people in China's most air polluted cities cheerfully don face masks, a fisherman on Indonesia's Citarum River has blankly accepted his polluted fate. Once searching for fish, Herman, the name of the fisherman proffered to news reporters says he now looks for plastic discarded in the river to recycle. The onetime tropical paradise is now little more than a landfill.

The water at times turns red, green, yellow and black because of the high concentration of dyes.

The water at times turns red, green, yellow and black because of the high concentration of dyes.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/11/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: Citarum River, Indonesia, pollution


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Reported to be the dirtiest river in the world, the Citarum is full of trash, debris and toxic waste. A nearby textile mill is the chief culprit.

Once a tropical paradise, the Citarum in Java, Indonesia, is now said to be the dirtiest river in th

Once a tropical paradise, the Citarum in Java, Indonesia, is now said to be the dirtiest river in the world.


"I don't catch fish anymore," Herman tells reporters. "They're floating on the surface . I'm sure everyone knows the result of dumping rubbish like this. There are rules, but nobody is enforcing them"

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!

Clogged with household waste, toxic chemicals dumped by textile factories and dead animals, the rive

Clogged with household waste, toxic chemicals dumped by textile factories and dead animals, the river has lost 60 percent of its fish stocks.


The Citarum has lost 60 percent of its fish stocks, in spite of this, more than 35 million people still rely on the river for drinking and washing.

"

"'I don't catch fish any more... they're floating on the surface... I'm sure everyone knows the result of dumping rubbish like this. There are rules, but nobody is enforcing them."


The people here say that textile factories illegally dump chemicals into the river at night. Some nearby village wells contain four times the recommended safe levels of mercury.

Locals say textile factories illegally dump chemicals into the river at night and some nearby villag

Locals say textile factories illegally dump chemicals into the river at night and some nearby village wells contain four times the recommended safe levels of mercury. Pictured front is Herman's 13-year-old son, Alex; at the back is TV reporter Seyi Rhodes.


The water at times turns red, green, yellow and black because of the high concentration of dyes. It has been linked with increased cancer rates, as well as skin diseases, mental illness and slow development among local children.

At times, the water turns red, green, yellow and black because of the high concentration of dyes. It

At times, the water turns red, green, yellow and black because of the high concentration of dyes. It has been linked with increased cancer rates, as well as skin diseases, mental illness and slow development among local children.


There are claims that major clothing chains could be partly to blame for the torrent of pollution. A Greenpeace report last year claimed one of the largest textile manufacturers on the Citarum, PT Gistex Group - has had a "business relationship" with Gap, H&M and Adidas.

There are claims some high street brands could be partly to blame for the torrent of pollution.

There are claims some high street brands could be partly to blame for the torrent of pollution.


The charity found the manufacturer's wastewater contained high doses of several toxic substances.

TV presenter Seyi and community group members block a factory waste water pipe.

TV presenter Seyi and community group members block a factory waste water pipe.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2016
Universal:
Sports: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Evangelization: Living the Gospel: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.



Comments


More Green

You'll never believe what Obama did in Hawaii! Watch

Image of A Hawaiian island's territory has just been expanded by the President of the United States.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

US President Barack Obama has just quadrupled the size of Papahānaumokuākea, Hawaii territory - but why? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The island of Papahānaumokuākea, pronounced "Pa-pa-hah-nou-mo-koo-ah-keh-ah," is a Marine National Monument ... continue reading


WATCH NOW! Two-for-one special on adorable newborn pandas Watch

Image of Giant Panda surprises zookeepers with twins (Tiergarten Sch?nbrunn/SWNS).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

One Giant Panda mother surprised zookeepers by giving birth to twins! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - When zookeepers at Austria's Schönbrunn Zoo, also called "Vienna Zoo," discovered Giant Panda Yang Yang was pregnant, they were ecstatic.<a ... continue reading


How to see a Catholic meteor shower this week Watch

Image of The Perseids peak on Aug 11-12. Up to 200 per hour may be visible.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Later this week, you will have the chance to view a Catholic meteor shower. The Perseids, also known as "the tears of St. Lawrence," peak this week. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The Perseids are a Catholic meteor shower. This means they are closely associated ... continue reading


Unexpected heroes of the sea - 'Observers were clearly puzzled' Watch

Image of Humpback whales fight orcas to the death.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Researchers are baffled by humpback whale behavior after the usually friendly giants begin rescuing animals from orcas. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Marine ecologist Robert Pitman witnessed a pod of killer whales hunting a Weddell seal in Antarctica back in ... continue reading


Mystery 15 Year Quake Drought Raises Stakes In Cascadia MegaQuake Fears Watch

Image of Are we prepared for a major quake?

By Tony Johnson

In 2006, geologists feared the worst - they believed a megathrust earthquake was imminent in the Pacific Northwest.  Now in 2016, the Pacific Northwest may be revealing an alarming pattern of missing earthquakes in the same megathrust region that generates ... continue reading


Greenland just lost ONE TRILLION tonnes of ice Watch

Image of Researchers survey melting on Greenland.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Greenland is melting faster than expected, as new data reveals. The ESA's Cryosat satellite has revealed Greenland lost over a trillion tonnes of ice between 2011 and 2014. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Greenland has lost over a trillion metric tons (tonnes) ... continue reading


Why does ExxonMobil continue to spend millions on climate denial? Watch

Image of Exxon has been caught funding climate denial think tanks. That's not how science is supposed to work.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

ExxonMobil spent more than $2 million on climate science denial in 2015, records reveal. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - ExxonMobil says it believes in climate change. Its executives probably believe it too, after all, they're smart people. But their profits ... continue reading


WE CAN FEED THE WORLD but choose to throw it away: Shocking truth behind U.S. waste Watch

Image of Food waste in the United States is estimated to be between 30-40 percent (sustainablog).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The United States faces accusations of wasting enough food to put an end to hunger and increasing methane-producing landfill waste. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website, the United States' food ... continue reading


Can you hear 'The Hum?' Only 2 percent of people can hear this mysterious sound (AUDIO) Watch

Image of Only 4 percent of the matter in the universe is directly observable.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Two people out of every hundred can hear it. It's a strange, low grade humming noise coming from the Earth itself. They can't get away from it, they can't make it stop. And nobody knows why it's there. The call it "the hum" and it is one of the planet's most enigmatic ... continue reading


Scientists found a 1,700 mile crack across the USA. Here's what you need to know Watch

Image of Quakes can happen almost anywhere.

By Tony Johnson (California Network)

Is America at risk for Great earthquakes spanning across the full United States?  "Cracks Across America", in Rift zones, may conceal large fracture type faults where scientists may not be able to identify where these hidden fractures may unleash catastrophic ... continue reading


All Green News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
17 My child, be gentle in carrying out your business, and you will be ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11
4 Sing to God, play music to his name, build a road for the Rider of the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 14:1, 7-14
1 Now it happened that on a Sabbath day he had gone to share a meal in ... Read More

Reading 2, Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
18 What you have come to is nothing known to the senses: not a blazing ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 28th, 2016 Image

St. Augustine of Hippo
August 28: St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers ... Read More