I usually flip these stories to the Peking Duck, but tPD is down due to spamming, so for those of you who run with such stories, here is the sad story of the dying Bohai….

China’s spectacular economic boom will mean the death of its major economic and maritime hub, the Bohai sea, unless action is taken to stop industrial pollution of its waters, environmental advisers said yesterday.

The warnings, yet another example of the crisis gripping the world’s fastest-growing major economy, come as China tries to balance its desire for economic growth with the need to avoid environmental catastrophe.

“Almost no river that flows into the Bohai sea is clean,” Liu Quanfang, an adviser to the annual National People’s Congress, told the Xinhua news agency, adding that the sea could be “dead” within 12 years if urgent action is not taken to clean its waters.