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60% of China's underground water polluted...

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posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 05:15 PM
Sixty percent of underground water in China which is officially monitored is too polluted to drink directly, state media have reported, underlining the country’s grave environmental problems.
Water quality measured in 203 cities across the country last year rated “very poor” or “relatively poor” in an annual survey released by the Ministry of Land and Resources, the official Xinhua news agency said late Tuesday.
Water rated “relatively” poor quality cannot be used for drinking without prior treatment, while water of “very” poor quality cannot be used as a source of drinking water, the report said.

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 05:22 PM
I'm not sure why everyone is so afraid of China. They have such a corrupt government and social system that they will destroy themselves before anyone else gets a chance. I just hope the toxic plumecoming off of there won't travel too far

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 05:22 PM
a reply to: ATF1886

What a sorry state of affairs we live in.

China like many areas of this planet has some totally amazing habitats and unique places that once destroyed can't be replaced.

I suppose it is no more bad than places where fracking takes place, such as the US, and coming soon to the UK, and other places around the world. Ground water in these places is horribly polluted, and can only cause long term problems and harm to the environment.

At what point will we as a race of 'intelligent' beings wake up and realise that the ones we harm most are our offspring. So much for being responsible adults!

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 05:28 PM
a reply to: dashen

China isn't the only nation with corruption or toxic plumes. As I mentioned in my previous post, just check out all the fracking operations around the US and other parts of the world. These operations have polluted ground water/water tables wherever they operate. It's wrong on many, many levels. Perpetuated by human stupidity and the archaic need to generate money, we polute, pillage and destroy the natural world around us. Often with little thought for the consequences.

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 05:28 PM
a reply to: dampnickers

If people would get past the profit theory and realize once It's messed up the chances of fixing are slim to none I've heard for a while that China has been running out of drinking water that might be a small problem... My fear is future generations because were fine for the moment but what happens when it runs out???

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 05:38 PM
Its just terrible and not only water but 16% of the land is polluted there too.... the game will come ugly someday..
Water is the "blue" gold and be careful not to sell it too cheap

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 05:43 PM
Just 60%

Would have thought it was far higher than that, if it's a study from Chinese environment agency's we can pretty much assume its nearer to 90%

China really has made a very very big mess and they still have so far to go, not good

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 05:48 PM
Not good at all only matter of time and we can't really filter ocean water we can thank Japan for that one I guess that's payback for dropping a nuke on them...

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 05:50 PM
a reply to: TritonTaranis

How can we really be sure it's over 90%?

Just because it's China doesn't mean to say that they are 'totally corrupt'. I am sure there are people in China that are just as honest as the rest of the "honest" people around the planet. Perhaps it really is 60%. Better, it could be that they are 'over estimating', as a scare tactic, and it could be that it's only 30-40% polluted. Or it might be that the powers that be have decided on such a low number to prevent mass panic and rioting (a sensible move in many respects). We have to be reasoned about our thoughts, before just jumping to knee jerk responses. At least, I think so.

Corruption runs in every country on the planet. That is something that is almost completely recognised, except by the corrupt - political animals usually.

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 05:52 PM
R u kidding me ??? I don't understand how that man in still in office... Dude something has to be done it's not only drinking water it's our land our ammunition our food jeez pretty soon he is coming for the shirt off your back a reply to: dollukka

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 06:08 PM
The usa will follow suit after all the fracking...

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 06:08 PM
a reply to: ATF1886

So you think it just took five years to start our planet on its path of destruction?

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 06:10 PM
a reply to: ATF1886

So this comes as no surprise to me as why China is buying Americas fresh water out of the great lakes.

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 06:11 PM
Obviously not.. But more rapidly now than ever!!!a reply to: MOMof3

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 06:23 PM
a reply to: ATF1886

So, you are still deluded thinking that man in the White House, rep or dem, has power? It is the oligarchy that owns him and will do anything, destroy anyone, to get it all. Even the planet. Then they will build their Elysium's and wait for it to heal again and we will be dead from starvation. Then anyone that looks different, thinks different, lives different will be out of the way.

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 07:15 PM

China really messed up they own land for money haven't they

There are a few pictures of the effects the pollution having on the
people as well and its not nice to look at.
edit on 23/4/2014 by skuly because: ...

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 07:39 PM
Not deluded oligarchy is one I give u thAt but that man has his own agenda that doesn't incluDe the oligarchy reps and dems are two wings on the same bird don't preach politics to me I'm very informed do your research a little more it's not only nwo people have to worry about... a reply to: MOMof3

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 07:40 PM
That's really sad I know that china (WAS) a beautiful place but sadly because of profit it's being turned into a barren wasteland..a reply to: skuly

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 08:08 PM
As a lot of attention is being paid to the negative consequences of environmental pollution in China, another crisis is brewing of equally dangerous consequences for people’s health and for the country’s development: water scarcity.

The National Intelligence Council (NIC) report Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds states with regard to China, “climate change, urbanization trends and middle class lifestyles will create huge water demand and crop shortages by 2030.” Aside from its economic and public health costs, water scarcity also endangers economic growth and social stability.

Lack of water in China is compounded by the high levels of water pollution. Hu Siyi, vice minister at the Ministry of Water Resources stated in 2012 that up to 40 percent of China’s rivers were seriously polluted after 75 billion tons of sewage and waste water were discharged into them. He also said that about two-thirds of Chinese cities are “water needy” and that nearly 300 million rural residents lack access to safe drinking water.

It is estimated that 4.05 million hectares of land are irrigated with polluted water, which has a negative effect on crop yields and on the quality and food safety. Water pollution causes growing levels of diarrhea and viral hepatitis, particularly in children under-5. The effects on health of water pollution are particularly serious in places where industrial effluents are not controlled or there are no sewerage and wastewater treatment plants.

One of the reasons for the high levels of pollution is that, with the rapid industrialization of the country, a large number of chemical plants were built along the Yangtze River and near some critical drinking water resources. Those resources have been contaminated by large spills of some toxic chemicals such as cadmium and chromium. In addition, large portions of China’s aquifers (body of saturated rock through which water can easily move) suffer from arsenic contamination of groundwater.

A 2013 report from the Geological Survey of China stated that 90% of the country’s ground water is polluted. Estimates from the Ministry of Environmental Protection say that the water from approximately 25% of China’s major rivers is so polluted that it couldn’t be used for industry or agriculture. According to the Ministry of Supervision there are approximately 1,700 water pollution accidents annually resulting in almost 60,000 premature deaths annually.

This is a paradoxical situation since China is one of the most water-rich countries in the world. However, its water resources are unevenly distributed since they are overwhelmingly concentrated in the south part of the country while the northern regions are prone to lack of water, a situation which is reaching crisis levels.

The Ministry of Water Resources announced in 2012 the results of a survey of the country’s waterways which revealed that 28,000 rivers had disappeared over the past 20 years, raising serious fears among environmentalists and government officials. Although some officials believe that such a dramatic decline could be explained by outdated mapping techniques, experts believe that a more plausible explanation is the country’s rapid economic development and poorly enforced environmental guidelines.

In addition, China controls the headwaters of several important rivers in Asia, such as the Irtysh, Mekong and Brahmaputra. The damming of those rivers by China has provoked protests from the countries affected. China’s actions upstream may have dramatic consequences on the lower reaches influencing water flow, floods, sedimentation levels, presence of a variety of wildlife as well as people’s livelihoods downstream. China has built as many large dams as the rest of the world put together.

Faced with this critical situation the Chinese government is taking a series of measures such as the construction of the South-North Water Transfer Project, a $62 billion enterprise twice as expensive as the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project. The aim of the South-North project is to divert at least six trillion gallons of water each year from the southern region to the Yellow and Hai rivers in north China.

Such a huge project, however, has several drawbacks. Aside from the cost, perhaps the most important is the number of people who are going to be affected by the project. More than 350,000 villagers are being relocated to make way for the canal, in many cases to low-grade farmland far from their original homes and. In addition, a project of this magnitude can destroy the natural ecology of the southern rivers with negative effects on people’s health.

Because of the doubts about the quality of the water to be diverted desalinization is being tried as an alternative. However, desalinization uses considerable amounts of energy to produce filters, and to process and transport clean water, argues Zhang Junfeng, an environmental activist and Professor of Environmental and Global Health at the University of Southern California. He also says that desalinization is a quick fix solution which doesn’t encourage people to conserve valuable resources.

Experts argue that the Chinese government should focus on reducing the demand of water through a more rational use of limited supplies and controlling pollution. In addition, new regulations should be enacted to lead to a more efficient use of water in industry and in agriculture. New cities should be built taking into consideration the availability of water and polluters should be fined. Ultimately, many experts believe that the solution to China’s water crisis is more political than technical.

Cesar Chelala, MD, PhD. is an international public health consultant and a co-winner of an Overseas Press Club of America award.

posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 08:11 PM
United States

Water Scarcity

18 States are currently facing droughts, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor
40 percent of all U.S. water withdrawals are for export
Unless measures are taken, California will demand three times more groundwater than can be supplied over the next 100 years
Florida‚ rapid use of groundwater has created thousands of sinkholes that devour anything, houses, cars and shopping malls, unfortunate enough to be built on top of them
The Western U.S. is facing its warmest decades in over 500 years
In 2007, Lake Superior, the world‚ largest freshwater lake, dropped to its lowest levels in 80 years and the water has receded more than 15 meters from the shoreline
Lake Mead, the vast reservoir of the Colorado River, has a 50 percent chance of running dry by 2021

Water Quality

35 percent of U.S. rivers and streams are too dangerous for fishing, or drinking
60 percent of U.S. lakes are too dangerous for swimming or drinking because of massive toxic runoff from industrial farms, intensive livestock operations and the more than 1 billion pounds of industrial weed killer used through the country each year
Two-thirds of U.S. estuaries and bays are moderately or severely degraded
Four and a half percent of beaches are closed or under advisory at a given time
1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are carried by the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico every year

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