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By Xinhua

Tibet highway garbage

Huge amounts of garbage line the Qinghai-Tibet Highway on the namesake plateau in West China, posing severe threats to local ecology, recent research has found.

As part of a garbage pollution survey initiated by the China Environmental Protection Foundation and other groups, 40 volunteers cleared nearly 160,000 pieces of litter from a 450-kilometer section of the route touted as "The Road to Heaven" between October 12 and 18.

According to the survey, food, drink bottles and the wrappings of daily necessities contributed 97 percent of all garbage collected.

Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, as the source area for many major rivers in China as well as an essential ecological barrier in the west, will be hard to rehabilitate once its fragile ecosystem is damaged by pollution.

Xinhua

50 seized in Zhejiang

Police in East China's Zhejiang Province on Thursday announced their recent seizure of 50 suspects for dealing drugs and illegal trading in guns.

Officers in Hangzhou, Zhejiang's capital city, said they had arrested 21 for drug dealing and 29 for arms trading, with 2.9 kilograms of methamphetamine, more than 300 tablets of "magu," a stimulant composed of methamphetamine and caffeine, and 43 firearms seized.

Xinhua

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