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An American in China

Result of Pollution in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2011

From factsanddetails.com
Joseph Kahn and Jim Yardley wrote in the New York Times, “Environmental degradation is now so severe, with such stark domestic and international repercussions, that pollution poses not a major long-term burden to the Chinese public but also an active political challenge to the ruling Communist Party… Public health is reeling. Pollution has made cancer China’s leading cause of death….Only 1 percent of the country’s 560 million city dwellers breath air considered safe.” In industrial cities people rarely see the sun; children become sickened by lead poisoning. Coastal areas and even lakes suffer from red tides; rivers emit fumes that make people feel sick and gives them cancer.

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