33 photos that perfectly illustrate the impact of pollution in China, climate change and global warming.
Because China's economy is growing at an incredible pace, a huge number of polluting factories are built in the country. They emit unbelievable quantities of polluted air, while waste is only cursorily treated. Meanwhile, much wastewater generated by the factories is dumped into rivers and many millions of Chinese, especially in the large cities, use cars. Highways are congested, and it seems as if things will only get worse.
One would struggle to find a Chinese city that is not confronted with major environmental problems. From its Beijing headquarters the Chinese government monitors 74 cities, 71 of which do not satisfy the standards for a healthy environment. Moreover, when it is assessed using European standards, Beijing itself is as good as uninhabitable for people.
China promises to improve the environment and combat climate change
China has promised to improve, a promise that was reiterated in March 2015 by Premier Li Keqiang in order to tackle the chronic pollution that the country has had to deal with for years. The extent to which the damage could be undone remains a mystery.
The photos below show the terrible state of China when it comes to its environment. They are shocking because it is clear from these photos that humanity often simply ignores the environment. When will we realise that our job is to actually protect this planet?
Photos that illustrate the pollution and the consequences of global warming in China
These images are from National Geographic, Business Insider and CBS