Pollution Crisis Sparks Mass Popular Protests Radio Free Asia Worsening levels of air and water pollution, as well as disputes over the effects of heavy metals from mining and industry, have forced ordinary Chinese to become increasingly involved...
"Most people know this is not a trivial matter," Cui said. "We can't wait for government ... departments to [announce things]. It's too urgent."
"We are going to start using our own eyes and our own figures to get to the truth," he said.
Liu Jianqiang, editor-in-chief of the rights website JusticeNet, said that environmental protests had grown larger and more widespread during 2012, and were more high-profile than in previous years, often resulting in a positive response from the authorities.
"There has been a huge increase in public debate and in the self-testing of air quality and water pollution," Liu said. "This shows that the general public isn't going to let pollution go unchallenged."