Pollution in China the World’s Worst

The expeditious growth of industry in China over the last decade has been disastrous for the country’s environment. China is currently the number one producer of carbon dioxide in the world and hundreds of thousands of people die a premature death each year thanks to pollution.

Even with new regulations on waste disposal, air and water pollution continues to rise. Often, factories, chemical plants and mills dump waste directly into waterways and chemicals flow from farms down into the soil and watersheds. Rivers have become choked with algae and slick with oil, while thousands of dead fish continue to wash ashore in some areas.

A man smokes at a pond filled with dead fish on the outskirts of Wuhan. (Reuters)

Labourer works at waste residue dump site of a chemical plant in Xiangfan. (Reuters)

Industrial sewage from a textile dyeing factory is drained from a pipe into the Yangtze River in Yichang. (Reuters)

Labourers work to drain sewage water from a leaked sewage tank at a copper mine in Shanghang, Fujian province. (Reuters)

Chinese worker cleans oil residue in Daqing. (Reuters)

A general view shows a coal-burning power station at night in Xiangfan. (Reuters)

The area polluted by toxic acid fluid after a chemical plant exploded is seen in Yanshi. (Reuters)

Pipes coming from a rare earth smelting plant spew polluted water into a vast tailings dam near Xinguang Village. (Reuters)

A worker cleans algae at the Dianchi Lake in Kunming. (Reuters)

Fishermen load bags of dead fish onto a forklift at the Mian Hua Tan reservoir in Yongding county. (Reuters)

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