20 Unbelievable Photos Of Pollution In China

Published 9 years ago

Progress and a growing economy can have their own drawbacks. In China, the uncontrolled rate of growth has turned the country into an environmental nightmare, leading to shocking images like these.

For one, air pollution in parts of China can be 20 times worse than the recommended safe norm. It‘s a hard problem to avoid – China’s growing economy and urbanization needs energy, and that energy comes from coal, one of the biggest sources of air pollution. Some are likening it to a nuclear winter.

Algal blooms fueled by inorganic compounds choke China’s lakes and waterways. In other places, chemicals turn the water blood red. And to top it all off, China‘s booming economy and industrialization means more urbanization and a bigger middle class – and those two things can produce stupendous amount of trash to clog the waterways as well.

More info: environmentalcrisis | theguardian.com | businessinsider.com.au (h/t: boredpanda)

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Journalist Takes Sample Of Red Polluted Water From The Jianhe River


Image credits: Reuters

Boy Swims In Algae-filled Water, Qingdao, Shandong


Image credits: Reuters

Fishermen Row Boat In Algae-filled Chaohu Lake In Hefei, Anhui Province


Image credits: Jianan Yu

Labourer Tries To Clean Up Oil From Water, Dalian, Liaoning


Image credits: Reuters

Boy Tries To Avoid Scattered Rubbish Floating On A Flooded Street In Shantou, Guangdong Province


Image credits: Reuters

Child Swims In Polluted Reservoir, Pingba


Image credits: Reuters

Worker Cleans Away Dead Fish At Lake In Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province


Image credits: Reuters

Girl Walks Through Smog In Beijing, Where Small-Particle Pollution Is 40 Times Higher Than International Safety Standards


Image credits: Kyodo News

Workers Clean Up Floating Garbage On Yangtze River


Image credits: Reuters

Child Drinks Water From Stream In Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province


Image credits: Reuters

Workers Try To Drain Sewage Water From Leaking Sewage Tank, Shanghang, Fujian


Image credits: Reuters

Pollution From A Factory In Yutian, 100km East Of Beijing


Image credits: Peter Parks

Heavily Polluted River In Jiaxing, Zhejiang


Image credits: Reuters

Buildings In Beijing Surrounded By Smog


Image credits: China FotoPress

A Woman Collects Plastic Bottles Near A River Polluted With Reddish Dye


Image credits: lu palmerini

Woman Walks On A Bridge Over A Polluted River, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province


Image credits: Carlos Barria

Man Walks By A Pipe Discharging Waste Water Into The Yangtze River


Image credits: William Hong

Fishermen Clean Up Oil At An Oil Spill Site Near Dalian Port, Liaoning Province


Image credits: Reuters

Residents Look At A Heavily Polluted River, Zhugao, Sichuan province


Image credits: independent.co.uk

Dead Fish In Water Filled With Blueish Algae, East Lake, Wuhan


Image credits: Reuters

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