We have all heard about China being one of the biggest polluter on the planet. But, just how bad is it?

1. Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province

Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui provincesource

Largely due to China being the fourth most visited country in 2014, as well as its fast-paced economic transformation, the Asian juggernaut’s environment sadly becomes the sacrificial lamb for progress.

2. Workers clean up floating garbage on the Yangtze River

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Much like the smog that perpetually hangs over the skyline, China’s reputation for being one of the worst polluted countries looms above it: waterways slick with waste, increasing tendencies of birth defects, and dying wildlife due to pollution-related factors.

3. Girl walks through smog in Beijing, where small-particle pollution is 40 times over international safety standard

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According to the Harvard Business Review, China, “is taking this challenge much more seriously than others… doing things differently, making longer-term, sustained commitments that are much larger.”

4. Child drinks water from stream swimming with waste in Fuyuan County, Yunnan province

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In 2010, China ranked as the world’s leading investor in low-carbon energy technology, investing $54.4 billion on that year alone, up from $39.1 billion in 2009.

5. Boy swims in water choked with algal bloom, Qingdao, Shandong

A boy swims in the algae-filled coastline of Qingdaosource

It can be said that the Chinese government is very much aware of the ecological impact of their activities, and are developing long-term plans to solve them.

6. Journalist takes a sample of red polluted water from the Jianhe River

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Hopefully, these changes start happening soon, before the harm becomes irreversible.

7. Worker clears dead fish floating in a lake in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province

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8. Labourer tries to clean up oil from water, Dalian, Liaoning

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9. Workers try to drain sewage water from leaking sewage tank, Shanghang, Fujian

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10. Buildings in Beijing surrounded by smog

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11. Child swims with the garbage in a polluted reservoir, Pingba

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12. Boy tries to avoid scattered rubbish floating on a flooded street in Shantou, Guangdong Province

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13. Pollution from a factory in Yutian, 100km east of Beijing

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14. Fake Hong Kong skyline for tourists

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15. Dead fish in water filled with thick, muddy algae, in East Lake, Wuhan

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16. Woman collects plastic bottles near river polluted by reddish dye

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17. Pipe discharges waste water into Yangtze River

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18. Great Wall Of China, with not-so-great hidden secrets

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19. Heavily polluted river in Jiaxing, Zhejiang

A worker looks at a photographer from a door of a factory manufacturing screws and nuts next to a polluted river in Jiaxingsource

20. Child playing in the trash at a village, Jiaxing

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21. Fisherman cups a handful of water from the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei

A fisherman fills his cupped palms with water from the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefeisource

22. Factory emissions against a backdrop of lush greenery

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23. Fisherman wading through lake covered in algae, Chaohu Lake

A fisherman wades in Chaohu Lake, covered in blue-green algae, in Chaohu citysource

24. A bridge over troubled water, Wenzhou, Zhejiang province

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25. Girl and her father collect water from puddle at dried-up reservoir, Baofeng County

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26. Fishermen picking fish in a polluted canal, Beijing

Fishermen walk through the muddy bottom of a polluted canal collecting fish in central Beijingsource

27. Workers collect bags of dead fish at a park in Shenzhen, Guangdong province

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28. Residents stare at a heavily polluted river in Zhugao, Sichuan province

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29. A street dog’s home is a garbage pile in Northern China

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30. Over 3,000 dead pigs float in Huangpu River

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31. Thick smog greets morning commuters in Beijing

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32. Workers clean up leaked oil after an oil pipeline explosion, Qingdao, Shandong

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33. Fishermen clean up 400 million gallons of oil after oil spill

Fishermen clean up oil at an oil spill site near Dalian Port, Liaoning provincesource

34. Polluted lake in China

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35. Flies gather on railings because of polluted water, East Lake, Wuhan

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