25 Shocking Pictures Of The Pollution In China

Posted by , Updated on May 3, 2015


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.


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

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

The concentration of the air pollutants in the city is 40 times higher than the international safety limits allow

air pollution in Chinathinkprogress.org

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

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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