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More than 50% of China’s Waterways Have Disappeared

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 4, 2014


Be ware, Chinese eco refugees will soon be storming the shores of civilized countries.

Excerpt

More than 50 percent of China’s rivers have disappeared altogether, and few of the surviving waterways are not completely polluted. Some 280 million Chinese people drink unsafe water, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Nearly half of the country’s rivers and lakes carry water that is unfit even for human contact.

And China’s cancer mortality rate has soared, climbing 80 percent in the last 30 years. About 3.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year, 2.5 million of whom die. Rural residents are more likely than urban residents to die of stomach and intestinal cancers, presumably because of polluted water. State media reported on one government inquiry that found 110 million people across the country reside less than a mile from a hazardous industrial site.

Link

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/05/opinion/chinas-poisonous-waterways.html?_r=0

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