25 Shocking Pictures Of The Pollution In China

Posted by , Updated on May 3, 2015

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The world´s most populous and third largest country by area, China is famous for its incredibly diverse landscape. From forest steppes and the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts in the arid north up to subtropical forests brimming with amazing wildlife in the south, the Chinese countryside is indeed breathtaking. Unfortunately, next generations might not be able to enjoy the natural beauty of China, and possibly even live there because of the outrageous and out-of-control pollution this country has been struggling with. The overpopulation and enormous economic growth has taken its toll, leaving the environment in terrifying conditions. To give you a glimpse of the scale and seriousness of China’s predicament, have a look at these 25 Shocking Pictures Of The Pollution In China.

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Woman takes a sample of the Jianhe River which has become red from chemical plants illegally dumping untreated waste water directly into a local stream.

Jianhe River's polluted waterknowledge.allianz.com
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What looks like a heavy fog is actually extremely high air pollution. Beijing, the Chinese capital, is one of the most polluted cities in the world.

Beijing air pollutionwww.citylab.com
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The concentration of the air pollutants in the city is 40 times higher than the international safety limits allow

air pollution in Chinathinkprogress.org
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Fishermen in the Chaohu Lake in Hefei. The otherworldly looking color and texture of the water has been caused by a mixture of algae and chemical pollutants.

polluted lake with Fishermen in the Chaohu Lake in Hefeiwww.boredpanda.com
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In other parts of the lake, the water is unnaturally green and greasy.

unnaturally green and greasy polluted waterwww.zerohedge.com

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Woman helps to clean up oil at an oil spill site near Dalian Port, Liaoning Province.

Woman helps to clean up oil at an oil spill site near Dalian Port, Liaoning Province.darkroom.baltimoresun.com
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People look at a heavily contaminated river that cuts through the city of Zhugao in Sichuan Province.

contaminated river the city of Zhugao in Sichuan Provincewww.independent.co_.uk
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Lack of drinking water is a major problem in China. It is estimated that almost 700 million Chinese (about a half of the country´s population) have to drink contaminated water.

25 Shocking Pictures Of The Pollution In Chinaanonhq.com
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Some plants discharge sewage and chemical waste directly into rivers which is why the water often turns into unrealistic colors.

Pink polluted riverdarksideof.com
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A boy swims in dense algal blooms in Qingdao, which are caused by excessive agricultural run-off and lead to 'dead zones' inhospitable for both flora and fauna.

boy swimming in dense algal blooms in Qingdaowww.businessinsider.com
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Electronic waste has been another significant problem as China has served as a global dumping ground for used electronics from all over the world.

Electronic wasteyoureverydaydose.com
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A worker tries to remove poisoned fish in Lake Wuhan in the Hubei Province, Central China.

dead fishwww.ibtimes.co_.uk
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Sometimes, the extent of the disaster is just overwhelming. These fish are thought to be poisoned by ammonia dumped into the water.

Fish poisoned by ammoniawww.isciencetimes.com
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Only 1% of China's 560 million city dwellers breathe air considered safe by the European Union standards.

China Air Pollutionurbantimes.co
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Boy vainly tries to avoid garbage floating in a flooded street in Kuang-Tung.

flooded street in Kuang-Tungcreativelife.cz
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Boys fish in a heavily polluted river covered with algae in Hefei.

polluted river covered with algae in Hefeiprafulla.net
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People clean oil spills in Liaoning Province.

oil spillsall-that-is-interesting.com
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Needless to say the oil contamination has fatal impact on every animal living in the affected area.

oil covered birdoddpad.com
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Woman hopelessly trying to clean polluted river.

polluted riverwww.habitatadvocate.com_.au
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Fisherman wades in a polluted lake covered with green algae in the Anhui Province.

lake covered with green algae in the Anhui Provincewww.ibtimes.co_.uk
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Two of the almost three thousand dead pigs found in Shanghai's Huangpu River.

dead pigs found in Shanghai's Huangpu Riverwww.theatlantic.com
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Because of the enormous air pollution, the sun appears to fail to shine through the smog layers, creating apocalyptic-like panoramas.

air pollutioninhabitat.com
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Scavengers look for recyclable things at a trash dump in Nanning in southern China.

Scavengers look for recyclable things at a trash dump in Nanning in southern Chinanews.xinhuanet.com
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Man with his mule in a polluted river in Linka village. The area is contaminated from waste dumped by a nearby coal mine.

polluted river in Linka villagewww.ibtimes.co_.uk
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Man relaxing on a beach, surrounded by trash left by almost half a million visitors who attended the Dragon Boat Festival near the city of Shenzen, southern China.

polluted beachwww.dailymail.co_.uk

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