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China's juggernaut economy is the envy of the world, but at what cost to the country's people and environment? 101 East investigates.
We went to the single most polluted place on earth, the coal-mining town of Linfen in Shanxi Province, China, where kids play in dirty rivers and the sun sets early behind a thick curtain of smog.
On the second last day of China's annual session of parliament came the time to rubber stamp the new ministers and also the make up of various committees. When the vote came to tick off the new Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee, 850 delegates voted "no" and 120 abstained from a total of just under 3000.
For two days at the end of the National People's Congress Beijing was shrouded in a thick blanket of smog and, in the midst of it, a third of this country's senior Communist Party delegates from across the country were prepared to publicly humiliate the government and the Party over the handling of air pollution policy.
We weren't to know then that a major protest vote was brewing at the Congress but, on reflection, Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing and the pollution control officials who flanked him must have had a whiff of it. Throughout January northern China experienced record levels of air pollution with the Government's instruments clocking measures of harmful pollutants that led to advice from officials for the sick and elderly simply not to leave their homes.
When you break it down to the basic geopolitical impact, Chinese people have given up their air, water and soil in order for you to be able to read this article on a cheap electronic device.
Originally posted by Lysergic
reply to post by pheonix358
Even though other countries went through an industrial revolution you can't argue that China does not have some of the most polluted cities in the world.
Originally posted by pheonix358
All over the world we are causing fracking quakes and I call that pollution! But, we must peruse the almighty $.
Just to be fair let's have a look at the radioactive pollution spewing from Fukashima. For heavens sake! It is polluting the North Pacific Ocean with no end in sight.
Let the Chinese manage their internal affairs and worry about your own back yard wherever that may be. Talk about double standards.
Pedit on 3/4/2013 by pheonix358 because: (no reason given)