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


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


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

A child drinks water near a stream in Fuyuan countysource

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


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


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


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


10. Buildings in Beijing surrounded by smog

Heavy Smog Hits East Chinasource

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


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


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


14. Fake Hong Kong skyline for tourists


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


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


17. Pipe discharges waste water into Yangtze River


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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

Shoot in Tianjin, PRC. A dog sleeps, peacefully ignoting the surrounding chaos.source

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


31. Thick smog greets morning commuters in Beijing


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


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


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


source Foundily.com




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