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China's Dismal Environmental Impact Report

Updated on May 21, 2013

Like a sleeping dragon that has awoke, China's billions of people are already having an impact on their own lives and the lives of everyone else on the globe. Just by sheer numbers, everything China does is large scale consuming vast amounts of resources to sustain its growth and strength. While America does the same, by comparison, it is just small scale. When cities have 20 million people, that is a clue of the true nature of the size.

With all the growth and it becoming a world power in the past 10 years, China has gobbled up many of the world's resources to sustain it just like a dragon on the hunt. They make deals with anyone as long as China wants something they want.

With all this growth, comes its impact on the environment. What happens in China does not stay in China environment wise. Pollution is carried by the jet stream across the globe, chemicals dumped in the rivers end in the South China Sea and fans out from there. The fish you eat in the US caught in those waters could contain high levels of chemicals. Already warnings have gone out about what kind of fish are safe to eat from those waters.

China already has huge environmental problems and things will only get worse for us and them. Here are a few environmental issues that the Chinese government either refuses to believe or have no explanation:

  • 16,000 dead pigs found in Shanghai's Whampoa River, its main water source
  • Beijing's worse air pollution where particulates were 25 times what is allowed in the US
  • 80% of the South China Sea polluted according to a recent report
  • 1.2 million premature births caused by air pollution cited by the Global Disease Study
  • China's "cancer villages and towns" with water pollution so bad that residents have a very high rate of stomach cancer

Even China's own geological survey taken shows that 90% of the groundwater used by towns and cities is polluted. Worse, even though China does remove the dangers in treatment plants, what was just found out is that after it is treated, the water becomes recontaminated en route to the water tap or drinking fountain!

What is most alarming and shocking about the impact of China on the rest of the world is this: In a recent study regarding pollution sources of the Lake Tahoe, California, renowned paradise with its Alp-like vistas, scientists found that water pollution contaminants were from China, carried by the jet stream.

China is a danger to everyone's health.


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    • maxoxam41 profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      For years the US was denounced as the number one polluter by the climatic and pollution conferences, did we blink an eye? Never. We kept on polluting and wasting. Contrary to us, they acknowledge the problem and are trying to solve it. But we are asking the Chinese for what we did with impunity. Pure arrogance.

      What do we do with our nuclear waste? Show me how careful we are with our planet!

      When will you write an essay on our hypocrisy? I will be your first reader!

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      China is pointed out for its sheer size in population and the resources they use and will use in the future. It dwarfs all other countries. They have no time to waste to address the issues already as they will only get worse.

    • maxoxam41 profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      Bengladesh or the Burkina Faso could have the same argumentation towards the US, then why China is the only one you are pointing a finger at? May I remind you that we are still polluting our country (fracking is an example among others) and the world whereas China just started.

      Since we are an industrialized country, since the EPA is corrupt do we really know what goes in our plates or in our spring water bottles?


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