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China's State Environmental Protection Agency says that Linfen has the worst air in the country, which is saying something, considering that the World Bank has reported that 16 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are Chinese. One Linfen native summed up the city's plight to a TIME reporter last year: "This place of ours is no good."
The pollutants — nitrous dioxide and particulate matter that is between 2.5 and 10 micrometers in diameter, called PM 10 — appeared to have surged sharply in January, showing levels 47 percent higher than the same month last year, according to the report by The Economic Observer, a respected Chinese newspaper. The report cited as its source Chen Tian, the head of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau.
A third pollutant, sulfur dioxide, decreased slightly over the same three-month period.
Originally posted by pheonix358
During the industrial revolution children were used as virtual slave labor because they were far cheaper to hire than adults.
It is all very well to knock other countries after your own has gone through all of these stages and became first world nations. Now, after you have cut down all the forests, raped the land, caused dust bowls, killed ingeniousness populations by the thousands, polluted rivers and land some of which have yet to be cleaned up all you can do is point the finger at other Nations going through the same process.
Look to your own back yards first. Then help others instead of dropping bombs on them.
Originally posted by Cabin
International laws should prevent such behaviour by corporations by implementing different laws which would require paying workers in international subsidiaries the average salary of the local country and also set higher standards for the work environments in international grounds + tax highly the capital/profits that is exported out of the country.
Who cares that stuff will cost more, at least people who made it, get what they deserve.