We know China has a pollution problem. We hear about it, we may even see a photo or footage now and then, but most of us turn a blind eye. It’s happening “over there,” it’s their corrupt culture that’s to blame, it’s their fault — not ours — so they need to take care of it.
This kind of thinking is a mistake. Scientists have long said that what happens on one part of the planet will eventually impact other parts as well. And while it is true that there is corruption in China, and both businesses and government do play a major role in what’s happening there, we are as much to blame as well. As consumers, we all love getting things at cheap prices, which drives production in developing countries — countries who care more about making money and building up their economy than worrying about what their factories are doing to the local environment.
There’s no simple solution to fixing this problem. The world wants things, and China along with other developing nations are there to provide. But we can’t ignore what’s happening, which is why we put together these photos of pollution in China in the slide show above. We also found the above video on Rumble with more images and further information on what’s happening there. Check them both out.
1. Polluted water in the Jian River in Luoyang, Henan province
Two illegal chemical plants were dumping waste water into the rain sewer pipes. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)
2. More of the red polluted water, this time flowing from a sewer into the Jian River
3. Raw sewage leak from a copper mine in Shanghang, Fujian province
Labourers work to drain sewage water from a leaked sewage tank at a copper mine owned by Zijin Mining Group Co. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)
4. Smog cloaking Beijing’s skyscrapers
Some experts predict that it will take 10 years before we see any major improvements to the city’s air.
5. Pipe discharges waste water into the Yangtze River in Anqing, Anhui province
The waste water was coming from a local paper mill, and no one seemed to care. (Photo by William Hong/Reuters)
6. Fake skyline for tourists in Hong Kong
The air is so bad even in popular tourist areas, that a fake skyline was set up for photographs. (source)
7. Algae covering Chaohu Lake
Treatment of several rivers and lakes has already cost the country $7.4 billion, but the problem continues.
8. Algae covering the sea
Fish can’t survive in these algae-filled waters.
9. Factory polluting the air in Southern China
10. Dead fish at a lake in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province
More than 110,000 pounds of fish died due to pollution and hot weather in the lake. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily)