Is China the next America? Part 3: The Environmental Hell Hole

June 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Although, China may not be the top economic power for sometime it has the world’s most deadliest air pollution. A World Health Organization (WHO) report estimates “that diseases triggered by indoor and outdoor air pollution kill 656,000 Chinese citizens each year, and polluted drinking water kills another 95,600”  Air pollution in China has also been linked to soaring birth defects in the nation where, “Around four to six per cent of all children born in China each year have physical defects, including congenital heart disease, cleft palates and water on the brain. Of those, around 30 per cent die and 40 per cent are disabled.” China’s water quality doesn’t fall behind either with, “nearly 40 percent of the water in 28 major lakes also registered level six ratings — meaning it was too polluted for even farm irrigation” Due to intense environmental degradation in an effort to increase revenue the country is yearly at odds due to flooding, “the real concern was not the rain but the fact that there was no topsoil, there were no forests, and there was no ground cover to hold the waters in place in the mountains where the Yangtze originates” These environmental problems continue due to conflicts between the levels of government where, “Local governments, often face a conflict of interest because they benefit economically from heavily polluting industries” and the removal of statistics in order to save face, “China’s State Environmental Protection Agency engineered the removal of the statistics…. because the government the government feared the figures could trigger social unrest” In closing China needs to make enormous investments in the environment in order to avoid major disasters.

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