Amazing Pictures, Pollution in China

[QQ] October 14, 2009, the 30th annual awards ceremony of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund took place at the Asia Society in New York City. Lu Guang (卢广) from People’s Republic of China won the $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his documentary project “Pollution in China.”


1. “At the junction of Ningxia province and Inner Mongolia province, I saw a tall chimney puffing out golden smoke covering the blue sky, large tracts of the grassland have become industrial waste dumps; unbearable foul smell made people want to cough; Surging industrial sewage flowed into the Yellow River…”Lu Guang (卢广), freelancer photographer, started as an amateur photographer in 1980. He was a factory worker, later started his own photo studio and advertising agency. August of 1993 he returned to post-graduate studies at the Central Arts and Design Academy in Beijing (now is the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University). During graduate school, he studied, traveled all over the country and carved out a career, became the “dark horse” of the photographer circle in Beijing. Skilled at social documentary photography, his insightful, creative and artistic work often focused on “social phenomena and people living at the bottom of society”, attracted the attentions of the national photography circle and the media. Many of his award winning works focused on social issues like, “gold rush in the west”, “drug girl”, “small coal pit”, “HIV village”, “the Grand Canal”, “development of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway” and so on.

– Lu Guang



2. Chemical waste from Jiangsu Taixing Chemical Industrial District (江苏泰兴化工园区) dumped on top of the Yangtze River bank. May 15, 2009



3. Fan Jai Zhuang in Anyang City, Henan province, (河南安阳市范家庄) there is only one wall separating this village from the steelmaking furnaces. The villagers live in this heavily polluted environment where the village is under the iron rain every day. March 24, 2008



4. Industrial sewage of Zhejiang Xiaoshan Industrial District (浙江萧山化工园区) eventually flowed into Qiantang River. April 24, 2009



5. Henan Anyang iron and steel plant’s (河南安阳钢铁厂) sewage flowed into Anyang River. March 25, 2008



6. Guiyu, Guangdong province, (广东省贵屿镇) rivers and reservoirs have been contaminated, the villager is washing in a seriously polluted pond. November 25, 2005



7. Shizuishan Industrial district in Ningxia province (宁夏石嘴山湖滨工业园区), the tall chimneys spitted out smoke and dust. Residents took preventive measure for the falling dust from the sky when going outside. April 22, 2006



8. In the Yellow Sea coastline, countless sewage pipes buried in the beach and even extending into the deep sea. April 28, 2008



9. In Ma’anshan, Anhui province (安徽马鞍山), along the Yangtze River there are many small-scaled Iron selection factories and plastic processing plants. Large amounts of sewage discharged into the Yangtze River June 18, 2009



10. In Inner Mongolia there were 2 “black dragons” from the Lasengmiao Power Plant (内蒙古拉僧庙发电厂) covering the nearby villages. July 26, 2005



11. Jiangsu province Changshu City Fluorine Chemical industry land sewage treatment plant (江苏省常熟市氟化学工业园污水处理厂) was responsible for collection and processing of the industrial sewage. However they did not, the sewage pipe was extended 1500 meters under the Yangtze River and releasing the sewage there. 2009 June 11



12. Soil by Yangtze River, was polluted by Anhui Province Ma’anshan Chemical Industrial District (安徽省马鞍山化工园区). June 26, 2009



13. Large amount of the industrial wastewater flowed to Yellow River from Inner Mongolia Lasengmiao Industrial District (内蒙古拉僧庙工业园区) every day. July 26, 2005



14. A Large amount of the chemical wastewater discharged into Yangtze River from Zhenjiang Titanium mill (镇江市钛粉厂) every day. Less than 1,000 meters away downstream is where the water department of Danyang City gets its water from. June 10, 2009



15. In Haimen city, Jiangsu province Chemical Industrial District sewage treatment Plant (江苏省海门市化工园区污水处理厂) discharged wastewater into Yangtze River. June 5, 2009



16. Hebei Province Shexian Tianjin Iron and steel plant (河北省涉县天津钢铁厂) is a heavily polluting company. Company scale is still growing, seriously affecting the lives of local residents. March 18, 2008



17. Longmen town in Hanchen city, Shaanxi Province (陕西省韩城市龙门镇) has large-scaled industrial development. Environment is very seriously polluted there. April 8, 2008



18. There are over 100 chemical plants in Jiangsu province coastal industry district. (江苏滨海头罾沿海化工园区) Some of them discharge wastewater into the ocean; some heavily contaminated sewage is stored in 5 “Sewage Temporary Pools”. During the 2 high tides in every month, the sewage then gets discharged into the ocean with the tides. June 20, 2008



19. Jiangxi Province Hu Ko County Chemical Industry district (江西省胡口县化工园区) is by the Yangtze River. Chemical factory landfill the Yangtze River bank to expand the scale of the factory without authorization.



20. Anhui Province Cihu Chemical Industry District (安徽省慈湖化工园区) built a underground pipe to discharge wastewater into the Yangtze River. The wastewater sometimes is black, gray, dark red, or yellow, wastewater from different chemical factories has different colors. June 18, 2009



21. Shanxi Province is the most polluted areas of China. It is also the province with the highest rate of birth defects. This loving farmer couple adopted 17 disabled children. April 15, 2009

“In Some areas of China people’s lives were threatened because of the environmental pollution. Residents suffering from all kinds of obscured diseases, the cancer villages, increase of deformed babies, these were the results of sacrificing environment and blindly seeking economical gain.”

– Lu Guang



22. Elder shepherd by the Yellow River cannot stand the smell. April 23, 2006



23. 15-year-old boy from Tianshui, Gansu Province (甘肃天水), dropped out of the school after 2nd grade, followed his parents to Heilonggui (黑龙贵) Industrial District. He earns 16 yuan a day. April 8, 2005



24. Inner Mongolia province Heilonggui (黑龙贵) Industrial District, the couple who worked at the Plaster Kiln and just got home. March 22, 2007



25. Villagers from Kang village in Linfen City, Shanxi Province (山西省临汾市下康村) due to long-term consumption of the polluted water contaminated by industrial waste, there were 50 people who have cancer and cerebral thrombosis. 64-year-old Wang Baosheng got ill since 2003, he has fester all over his body so he cannot go to bed and lying face down on the edge of the bed each day. July 10, 2005



26. Breathing in large amount of dust into the lungs, people gets sick after working there for 1-2 years. Most of these migrant workers come from area of poverty. April 10, 2005



27. Zhangqiao village by the Hong River in Wugang City, Henan Province (河南省舞钢市洪河边的张桥村), a 45-year-old woman Sun Xiaojun (孙晓军) could not move her feet and hands since 4 years ago. The numerous hospital treatments were not effective. April 7, 2009



28. Zhaozhuang village by the Hong River in Wugang City, Henan province (河南省舞钢市洪河边的赵庄村), 66-year-old Zhao Bingkun suffering from esophageal cancer since 2004, after the second surgery, treatment cost already have reached over 200,000 yuan. His condition is in late stage, he is having fever everyday, waiting for death. April 7, 2009



29. Zhaozhuang village by the Hong River in Wugang City, Henan province (洪河边的河南省西平县张于庄村), Gao Wanshun’s (高万顺) wife died of cancer. Now he lives in poverty. April 3, 2009



30. Linfen City in Shanxi province (山西临汾市) is seriously polluted area. Farmers after working in the cotton fields for 2 hours are filled with coal ashes. September 24 2007



31. Salt factory worker in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province (江苏连云港) said angrily, “when the wind blowing towards our side, the foul smell from the chemical factories is unbearable. There is even more poison gas at night.” July 19, 2008



32. People form Fanjiazhuang (范家庄) are ready to submit a complain filled with their fingerprints, to seek compensation for pollution damages. March 19, 2008



33. In Shanxi Province there are a lot of charitable nursing homes, to help disabled infants abandoned by their parents. April 14, 2009



34. Liujiawan village by the Hong River in Wugang City, Henan province (河南省舞钢市洪河边的刘家湾村), 13 year old Yang Xiao in November 2008 was ill with obscure disease.  She was saved by the donation of the villagers. When the grandmother saw the old village chief came to visit his granddaughter, she kneeled on the ground holding granddaughter’s hand. April 19, 2009



35. The oldest is 9, not going to school. The youngest is less than 2 years old. They lived in severely polluted area. They hands and faces were always dirty. April 10, 2005



36. Mazhuang village by the Hong River in Wugang City, Henan province, (河南省舞钢市洪河边的马庄村) 58-year-old Ma Haipeng (马海朋) was suffering from stomach cancer since 2006 and could not work in the field. He must take medicine every day, otherwise it is too painful. April 6, 2009



37. Every year, a lot of deficiency babies in Shanxi Province were abandoned. Kong Zhenlan (孔贞兰) in Qi town (祁县) who was making a living by recycling trash adopted 25 abandoned children. April 14, 2009



38. Xuanwei (宣威) in Yunnan province is a cancer village. Every year there are more than 20 people die of cancer. 11-year-old student Xu Li (徐丽) is suffering from bone cancer. May 8, 2007



39. In Shexian Village, Hebei Province, (河北省涉县固新村) the existing cancer patients are more than 50 people and more than 20 cancer patients die each year. March 18, 2008


40.  Zhangyuzhuan village by the Hong River in Xiping county, Henan province, (河南省西平县洪河边的张于庄村) 22-year-old Zhu Xiaoyan (朱小燕) had a tumor in her stomach in 2007. She died after number of hospital treatments on July 2008. 4-year-old girl with her grandfather came to mother’s tomb. April 2009 2


original source: Fengniao

Followup: Interview with Lu Guang, the photographer of “Pollution in China”

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  2. for one of the longest continual civilizations in human history they sure are doing a good job of assf***king their country into a permanent choked toxic hellhole chasing the mighty dollar.

  3. what’s this bull shit?

    What they are trying to do by polluting the country?

    Chinese Govt Officers are big assholes i think,
    they will realize

    Only after the last tree has fallen,
    Only after the last river has been poisoned,
    Only after the last fish has been dead,
    Only then will we realize that money cannot be eaten.

    SAVE THE WORLD OR WE ALL DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Our Ancestors Protected Earth for many centuries, but we destroyed it in one century.

    1. The U.S.S.R. had horrible environmental issues. I believe it comes from the fatc that when the government owns the means of production and needs to fulfill productrion quotas it sets for itself, it allows horrendous pollution as a away to boost the bottom line. In a democratic capitalist society, government regulates industry because it cares little for the bottom line of privately-owned entities. Political fights result in reduiced pollution, eventually, because of the free exchange of debate, which is not possible in centrally-controlled economies.

      The Communists produce the deaths of their own systems, either from political ossification or industrial poison. Ironic, ain’t it? Even Marxism’s gretaest thinkers failed to see much beyond the revolutionary seizure of private property. Central directives do not handle innovation.


    This is why there is so many Chinese immigrants here in the USA.

  5. Hard to say ‘I like it’ in my stumble toolbar.. i don’t like it, but i think more people should see it. I agree that the future is in the masses identifying with the personal sacrifices they have to make before this reality becomes history.

  6. Truly disturbing, that in this world we allow such distruction of out planet just for the gain of a buck… SAD

  7. os chineses haverão de se afogar na sua própria ganância e arrogância de seu crescimento a farsa de seu governo comunista em querer enganar o mundo através de sua política ditatorial e dirÃnica levarão o mundo AO CAOS da poluição acompanhada dos ESTADOS UNIDOS

  8. This is the sad truth that lies behind the glittering displays of order and control that the Communist party puts out to the world – the 50 billion dollar Olympics, the perfectly programmed robots on display for the 60th Anniversary of the CCP, the space program…

    I’m not a China basher. There are many great things about China. But I have noted of late, with the economic problems some developed countries are having, that more and more westerners are in denial about where China is really at, saying that it’s authoritarian system is to be admired. Sure, there has been amazing progress, but behind the scenes there is some reall ‘shit’ happening. When looking at China, to fall for the glittering propaganda shows of the CCP is just as naive as to blindly believe what the often negative mass media writes of China.

    The other problem is that the blind nationalism that the government is whipping up is creating a huge denial in the more developed parts of China. I understand the government wanting China to have a good image, and a good self-image, but I have met too many clueless ‘richer’ people in China who have no idea about what is happening outside the CBDs of Beijing or Shanghai.

    1. Great post! If your sense where permissible in the NYT you might be able to expose a little bit of both prapoganda machines at once.

      1. Amen.

        Idiots like Thomas Freidman saying he wished our government was more like China. It has taken America over 100 years to get where we treat our environment better than any other major industrialized nation, yet idiots like him don’t realize a dictatorial government like China’s could undue that in a day.

        I too like China, it is a country with a great history, but I see a bad future for them. Growth of 8% a year cannot last forever, and when their is a major down turn in China and 200-300 million unemployed, there will no doubt be many interal wars which are all too familiar to Chinese history.

  9. First of all, all made-in-china products come from those polluted places. Westerners like using cheap made-in-china things, but weep on those pictures? Crocodile tears.

    Secondly, westerbers like seeing those pictures, because this is what China look like in their heads. They are completely brain washed by their own medias.

    Thirdly, outside of Nashville, there are some huge chimneies with thick smoke fluing day and night; and also coal ashes in the river (see 60 minutes report); cancer? Every year numberous of Americans die from cancer. You guys have the same problem, mind your own business first.

    Fourthly, piture no. 23. “15-year-old boy from Tianshui, Gansu Province” is not a picture of pollution. In China, every one knows that Gansu is a place lack of water for hunreds of years. It is a desert area.

    I can take some pictures from a certain beat-up looking neighbourhood from New York or Arkansas, write some emotional captions , and post them in a Chinese forum, the Chinese will feel sorry for Americans just as Americans feel sorry for people in those pictures.

    1. “I can take some pictures from a certain beat-up looking neighbourhood from New York or Arkansas, write some emotional captions , and post them in a Chinese forum, the Chinese will feel sorry for Americans just as Americans feel sorry for people in those pictures.”

      Who cares what the Chinese think about Americans?

      1. don’t be a retard, Croc tears has a good point. get your head out of your ass and maybe you could see that.

    2. I fully agree.

      Typical comments coming from the western world economies. Easy to say that it shouldn’t be happening, what an outrage, etc. etc. etc. Didn’t these western economies gain economic status through polluting their very own land and peoples?

      Not saying it’s right to pollute, but what other options are there for these countries? Their massive populations (more than the western economies can fathom) and extreme poverty is an obstacle that is hard to comprehend and overcome.

      Just some thoughts. It’s a toughy.

      1. “what other options are there for these countries?”

        The Chinese are a highly educated nation and they obviously have the scientific capacity to tame their industrialization process into something more bearable by the nature.

        Where is the will, there is the way…

        The problem is that they lack incentives. The “large population” which breathes and drinks this s*** largely consists of people with no political and economical power, who have no other way than to accept and bear any burden that the elite throws on them, and if they recourse to riots, well, there is the military and security apparatus to hold them in check.

        “Didn’t these western economies gain economic status through polluting their very own land and peoples?”

        Partly true, but in the pluralist societies, there always was significant effort to improve the environment at the same time. Never ever did the western countries got to the point where cancer villages would exist.

        The Eastern bloc was a different story, as any older person who has lived in the GDR, Czechoslovakia, Poland, USSR, Romania etc… could confirm to you. People were nothing, industrial factories were everything, and environmentalism was a potentially dangerous subversion of the regime – and treated as such. More than a few activists landed behind prison bars just for rising inconvenient questions.

    3. I do not weep tears. But the photos made a huge flashback for me.

      I grew up in a very polluted part of the former communist Czechoslovakia. Especially the rivers and ponds were quite comparable to what I saw and smelt (UGH) as a child.

      20 years of freedom, and there are no more such places in my country. Free people have cleaned them, because they do not tolerate living in s*** and they cannot be forced by the top oligarchy anymore.

      Heck, even wolves and bears started to return to our mountains. That would be unthinkable a generation ago; not even a wild cat would live there.

  10. Stopping the emissions would reduce fossil fuel usage with resulting economic damage. This would be worse than the ‘oil crisis’ of the 1970s because the reduction would be greater, would be permanent, and energy use has increased since then. The economic disruption would be world-wide. Major effects would be in the developed world because it has the largest economies. Worst effects would be on the world’s poorest peoples: people near starvation are starved by it.

    The precautionary principle says we should not accept the risks of certain economic disruption in attempt to control the world’s climate on the basis of assumptions that have no supporting evidence and merely because they’ve been described using computer games.

    Climate has always changed everywhere and always will: this has been known since the Bronze Age when it was pointed out to Pharaoh by Joseph (the one with the Technicolour Dreamcoat). Joseph told Pharaoh to prepare for the bad times when in the good times, and all sensible governments have adopted that policy throughout the thousands of years since then.

    That tried and tested policy is sensible because people merely complain at taxes in the good times, but they will revolt if they are short of food in the bad times.

    But in 1990 several governments decided to abandon that policy and, instead, to try to stabilize the climate of the entire Earth by controlling it. The UK started that policy and intends to continue it. Many governments of many countries are doing the same.

    This attempt at global climate control arises from the hypothesis of anthropogenic (that is, man-made) global warming (AGW).

    And the effects of this policy would be devastating for peoples of the Third World because holding the use of fossil fuels at their present levels would be to kill millions – probably billions – of them. Please note that this is not an opinioni it is not a prediction, and it is not a projection. It is a certain and undeniable fact that holding the use of fossil fuels at their present levels would kill billions of people, mostly children. And reducing the use of fossil fuels would kill more millions or billions.

    I explain this certainty as follows.

    Most of us would not be here if it were not for the use of fossil fuels because all human activity is enabled by energy supply and limited by material science.

    Energy supply enables the growing of crops, the making of tools and their use to mine for minerals, and to build, and to provide goods, and to provide services.

    Material Science limits what can be done with the energy. A steel plough share is better than a wooden one. Ability to etch silica permits the making of acceptably reliable computers. And so on.

    People die without energy and the ability to use it. They die because they lack food, or housing, or clothing to protect from the elements, or heating to survive cold, or cooling to survive heat, or medical provisions, or transport to move goods and services from where they are produced to where they are needed.

    And people who lack energy are poor so they die from pollution, too.

    For example, traffic pollution has been dramatically reduced by adoption of fossil fuels.

    On average each day in 1855 more than 50 tons of horse excrement was removed from only one street, Oxford Street in London. The mess, smell, insects and disease were awful everywhere. By 1900 every ceiling of every room in Britain had sticky paper hanging from it to catch the flies. Old buildings still have scrapers by their doors to remove some of the pollution from shoes before entering.

    Affluence reduces pollution. Rich people can afford sewers, toilets, clean drinking water and clean air. Poor people have more important things they must spend all they have to get. So, people with wealth can afford to reduce pollution but others cannot. Pollution in North America and Europe was greater in 1900 than in 2000 despite much larger populations in 2000. And the pollution now experienced every day by billions who do not have the wealth of Americans and Europeans includes cooking in a mud hut using wood and dung as fuel when they cannot afford a chimney.

    The use of fossil fuels has provided that affluence for the developed world. The developing world needs the affluence provided by the development which is only possible at present by using fossil fuels.

    We gained our wealth and our population by means of that use.

    The energy supply increased immensely when the greater energy intensity in fossil fuels became available by use of the steam engine. Animal power, wind power and solar power were abandoned because the laws of physics do not allow them to provide as much energy as can be easily obtained from using fossil fuels.

    The greater energy supply enabled more people to live and the human population exploded. Our population has now reached about 6.6 billion and it is still rising. All estimates are that the human population will peak at about 9 billion people near the middle of this century.

    That additional more than 2 billion people in the next few decades needs additional energy supply to survive. The only methods to provide that additional energy supply at present are nuclear power and fossil fuels. And the use of nuclear power is limited because some activities are difficult to achieve by getting energy from the end of a wire.
    If anybody doubts this then I tell them to ask a farmer what his production would be if he had to replace his tractor with a horse or a Sinclair C5.

    So, holding the use of fossil fuels at its present level would kill at least 2 billion people, mostly children, in the next few decades. And reducing the use of fossil fuels would kill more millions, possibly billions.

    Improving energy efficiency will not solve that because it has been known since the nineteenth century that improved energy efficiency increases energy use: as many subsequent studies have confirmed. (Google ‘Jevons Paradox’ for explanation of this).
    So, in a period of a few decades we have moved from the tried and tested climate policy that has stood the test of time since the Bronze Age, and we have replaced it with quasi-religious political madness which – if not stopped – will pale into insignificance the combined activities of Ghengis Khan, Adolf Hitler and Pol Pot.

    Sad, but true.

    1. No need to prohibit or limit use of fossil fuels. Instead, use scrubbers to remove the pollutants. New construction should be focused on use of natural gas, nuclear, hydro power. [Solar and wind are fine, but not a consistent source of energy.]

      Most of the pollution in the photos is from burning [soft?] coal in plants w/o scrubbers and effluent dumped into bodies of water. Both issues have solutions which are not terribly difficult to implement.

      It will take a bite out of the factory owners profit margin. Those owners, as pointed out by a previous posters experiences in Czechoslovakia, have little interest in fixing the problem. We’ll see if the Chinese gov’t has the stones to take on the issue.

      1. I agree FreeState – In the future we will have alternate energy sources that will make fossil fuels look prehistoric…

        However, to maintain our technological evolution, we must continue to grow responsibly so that we can achieve this…

        To take the line of most posters here, we would only hinder this and therefor make us go backwards.. only worsening the effects of pollution that this piece highlights.

  11. We should boycot china by now but they are of to much falue of our economie. It is insane how easy they get away with so much distruction. If there is something i could do from here i would be glad to help. China must needs justice en clean enviroments. The people of china need freedom and a safe future. How bad must it become before the world opens its eyes to see what distruction is.

  12. So… does industrial production improve the lives of those connected to it?

    I do not believe so.

    These factories need to be shut down. Let the cards fall where they may. No quantity of “jobs” or “cheap goods” could ever justify the hell-on-earth that follows industrial civilization to every unspoiled land. If you are in a position to sabotage or otherwise dissable these toxic nightmares, please consider taking action.


  13. I’m intrigued that all of the comments filled with hatred and violence are in English, and those in other languages are filled with concern and love.

    What has happened to Anglo-America, where it has become such a repository of hatred and brutal speech?

      1. NO, English speakers from the USA are not filled with HATE. However, they are filled with passion which translates into compulsion to do something. This is the passion of doing something and not talking about it. America has always been a nation of peoples who walk the walk rather than only talk the talk. America’s history is all about doing something about what they are talking about.

  14. (Not that all English comments — nor, certainly all Anglo-Americans — are filled with hatred. Some are more “global” in their perspective.)

  15. Freakin’ Communist Chinese government doesn’t have to give a crap about the people because their are no free elections and no competing parties. Socialism always produces a government monopoly on power and results in the people’s enslavement by bureaucrats and power-hungry political maneouverers. The USSR was the most polluted country until communism fell there and now the communist Peoples’ (an ironic term!) Republic of China is the world’s most polluted country – by far. Between the toxic waste in the USSR and China, the continent of Asia has become one vast toxic waste dump.

    1. It’s not that they’re coal-fired, it’s that they use the cheaper high-sulfer coal, and don’t bother to scrub the emissions.

      Of course if you voted for Obama you don’t think there’s any such thing as ‘clean coal’, you’re terrified by the n-word (nuclear), and you think everything must be necessarily powered by inefficient low-yield ‘renewables’ such as solar, wind, and biodiesel.

  16. China is one of the oldest civilizations- just like India~ It should preserve its simplicity, antiquity and knowledge. Whatever happened to Fen Shui and accupuncture ?

  17. (I’m intrigued that all of the comments filled with hatred and violence are in English, and those in other languages are filled with concern and love. )

    Goodness, gracious, Jose, take off those cultural blinkers. Your own post is hardly ‘loving’. So you don’t like “Anglos”. That’s what comes across in your post. Some might call that racist.

  18. “Secondly, westerbers like seeing those pictures, because this is what China look like in their heads. They are completely brain washed by their own medias.”

    I get really tired of this Chinese cliche. It is trotted out every time something “not beautiful” comes out about China. These same stories appear regularly in Hong kong, Taiwan, and across the Asian media. Are they brainwashed as well? And this is not the “western” media. It’s a web site run by Chinese people, as far as I can tell.

  19. It should be highly illegal for any country to pollute the worlds oceans – this affects all of us, and they are poisoning us!

  20. Yes, these photos have been around and I noticed only a handful comments gave the photographer some credit. He is the award winning local Chinese photographer who has been documenting China as it going through the growing pain of just another “industrial” nations through his lens.

    It is sooo interesting to note that all those “experts” pointing fingers are actually having three fingers pointing at him/herself because of none of them know anything about history. These spoiled brads of the x and y gens are sooo narrow minded and apathatic that they even allowed Bush and his gang raped the world for more than eight years without noticing. The saying of those who don’t know history are domed to repeat is so true.

    For your information: all industrial nations went through the same old pollution and child labor conditions – please look into the factories in England and the US in late 19th century and then Japan, Taiwan, and the eastern Europe in the last century how pollution and contemination of the environment killed and hurt so many of their own to get to where they are today. Just because these spoiled brads commenting bad bad China failed to even realise China has 1/5 of the world population, the problem it causes is less than 1/5 as compare to the US, while feeding the west with all kind of goods, so why is all the whining? Just to show how ignorant you are ?

    1. Dennis Su – Exactly.. but you expect too much from some of these people.. you expect them to be rational thinking individuals that have original thoughts.

      Lower your expectations… sad, but true.

  21. Insane pictures though breathtakingly beautiful aswell as sickning ill.

    The West rule! at sucking up the rest of the worlds recources.

    Heal the world, kill yourself 😉


  22. Such a moving photo essay on this terrible condition. Thanks for the posting.

    I constantly ask myself how can I PERSONALLY lessen pollution across the globe? I have already reduced or completely stopped buying products, from foods to electronics, it doesn’t matter where they are made. I don’t own a car, use my bike as much as possible, have a “green” roof, and am a vegetarian. I pray that science will come up with greener energy sources that won’t ruin mother earth.

  23. Remember this when you’re purchasing something that says “Made in China” or still something “made” somewhere else that gets their materials from China.

  24. you pig Americans think that china so badbut china is best there can be. best tecnology best people – best ships! and china movies are much better than american. eat more burgers eat more fires fat americans.

    1. Yeah and if you don’t say that, your “best” government will come to your house and make sure you get re-educated properly in a labor camp. Brainwashed fool.

    2. Eggroll2001 is somewhat correct though, in that American consumerism is the largest driving force behind Chinese production. we fatass americans need to learn that USA and the rest of the western world are causing this to happen by consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming consuming


    3. This Czech pig remembers the former communist Czechoslovakia and its industrial pollution. Some of the photos could have been taken in Ostrava or Ústí nad Labem 20 years ago. Only some. We never had cancer villages, but we could have “progressed” to them by that time, save for the happy fact that the bolsheviks were booted out in 1989.

      I do not doubt that China has a great technology, it is a highly educated nation. But it must learn to use that technology for benefit of their own people. That will not happen unless the people themselves get empowered.

    4. do you live in America? If you do, go home if you don’t like living here and eat more eggrolls…………………..

  25. I am not defending pollution in China…

    But aren’t many of these photos shot with “creative” techniques? The humans in many of them don’t even appear real, the colors have been so distorted.

    This is even more obvious than the fellow who photoshopped in “extra” smoke over Lebanon during the last war there.

    I’m concerned that if you use obvious propaganda to counter obvious propaganda, you run the risk of having those who you want to convince dismiss both of you equally.

    1. Not just WalMart, but the whole imperial Amerikkkan War Machine Pig Dog Oppressors! I blame George Bush and his Plutocrat Halliburton Nazi partners!

      There. Did that make you feel right at home?

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  27. After we shut down the factories, we can have the photos next year of the starving, impoverished Chinese. Won’t that be nice?

    1. No it’s not capitalism…China is hardly a capitalist country. You don’t see this happening in the U.S., simply because it was cleaned up. Richer nations have a much cleaner environment because they have the luxury of “time” to be concerned with such matters.

      Just what type of political system would clean up this mess? Capitalist countries don’t have this type of pollution.

      WEST’s comment says it all!

      1. Re: Dylan’s Comment…

        This is a stupid, ignorant statement that only shows the utter stupidity of the author and nothing else.

        So Dylan, turn off that evil computer (a product of capitalism) turn off your lights, take off your cloths, find the nearest paddock. .(field) and live in it. For anything less would make you a hypocrite.

        While you’re at it.. Gather all that you own.. give it away. Catch your own food. cook it with a fire you have lit.. (no, you might kill the planet) erase that, catch your food and eat it raw – don’t worry, lyons do it and they don’t seem to worry to much.

        If you’re really lucky you might live in a 1st world country… so it wont be hard to find a stream for clean drinking water.. but gee, that would be thanks to you living in a capitalist country.. in fact… no matter how you look at it.. it is thanks to capitalism that you have the right to have your idiot views, and that you can wake up in the morning without suffering an inconvenient death thanks to starvation, disease, poverty and your really really lucky that you woke up this morning not having been shot in the head for disobedience.

        OK, so there are some advantages to communism… You probably wouldn’t exist.

        Lucky we have Nth Korea.. of you go now.. go join your comrades – with any luck you’re removal will be quick and painless. As for us? don’t worry, we’ll be fine.

  28. There is one thing that can propel China and other developing countries into the mainstream of the civilized world. That is wealth. Many of the industrialized countries (the USA included) did things just like this while struggling to develop, and only after they achieved prosperity and a certain degree of wealth shared by all did they have the extra capital (monetary and human) to focus on cleaning up their environments. Capitalism and free markets can transform China and other developing countries into environmentally friendly economies when there is enough money both for survival and and environmental stewardship. It is not the struggle for profit that has made these messes, it is the struggle for profit that can make everyone wealthy enough to be able to afford to live in a clean environment. The USA is one example of this process: 20 or 30 years ago lake Erie was full of dead fish and stank like a sewer; today it is much better, as are so many other areas in the US – and while we are making progress, there is still much work to do.

    Let your people go, China! When they have the power to make a better life for themselves and their families, it will happen.

    1. The technology to clean up toxic waste and emissions did not exist in the 19th c. It does now. Sadly, in the quest to expand their economy, it would appear the Chinese gov’t has not taken a long-term view. The new mercantilist wealth of the factory owners has not spawned a sense of obligation to clean up after themselves.

      Will the Chinese gov’t step up to the plate and begin to enforce basic emissions requirements?

      Hope so.

      Props to the photographer on a striking and very memorable collection.

  29. Pollution on this scale is just another form of population control for the communists. And down the road the cleanup projects they will probably successfully extort funding from the West for will keep the masses busy and thankful for their jobs.

  30. > This is what raping the Earth to make a buck looks like. This is capitalism.

    No, it’s industrialization. I don’t expect you to know the difference, but if it could be summed up as simply as “this is capitalism”, wouldn’t countries which are MORE capitalistic be WORSE?

    Sorry if I actually caused you to think. I’ve observed that hurts the heads of people who only have slogans and reflexive hate.

  31. ali said: “this is simply unbelievable china is paying the cost for its industrial development”

    No. Wrong. This is China paying the price for being COMMUNIST. It isn’t “Industrial development”, it’s a lack of FREEDOM. They can’t fight their government, the owners of industry, and the Chinese government does as it pleases without regard to its people. The government answers to no one, so these people have no recourse. It’s the Chinese GOVERNMENT that is to blame here because they run industries in that nation.

    Free Industrial nations are clean industrial nations because people DO have recourse. They can challenge and change their governments, they have a choice concerning who they buy goods from.

    Unless you are going to complare the cleanliness of America to the “cleanliness” of China?

    1. “The government answers to no one, so these people have no recourse. ”


      I always admire Americans like you, Jeff, who understand these basic principles without actually ever living in a totalitarian country (maybe you did, but most of the Americans did not).

      Dylan, this guy is worth listening to, can you possibly read his comment before blabbering how capitalism rapes the Earth?

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  33. But, but, they hate republicans and don’t have any Wal-Marts there, so they have to be better than the USA!

  34. All you people who seem to be saying that we shouldn’t care about these Chinese people’s suffering because we also pollute our countries, are you really that irrational? We should care about everyone everywhere that this is happening. That’s why this guy was given the Minor White award. We may even have a bigger responsibility to care about China because the rich and greedy of China who are organizing this spewing out of filth are just following our example. The callous criminals who do it in our countries are making so much money from it that a lot of Chinese eyes turned from dark brown to green until they managed to copy us and do the same. Let us all just get into caring about these horrors wherever they happen instead of using invalid arguments to get ourselves off the hook and avoid responsibility.

  35. China needs to reduce the level of corruption in their society, else they will fail.

    American needs self discipline just to stay where it is, else it will decline.

  36. There is no better illustration of the corruption of communism than this powerful essay on the ills of unmanaged growth and profiteering.

    If the Chinese people cry out for reform their complaints are ignored and even suppressed, since the communists simplistically view production as the most important goal, ahead of what is viewed as the nuisance of human rights. The average citizen is cowered by the power of the Communist party with its controlling oligarchy, and if their voices are too shrill they are brutally put down, as they were at Tiananmen in 1989.

  37. these photos are disgusting. kudos to the photographer for documenting this.

    yes, the west went thru the same development stage, suffered the same excesses and now spends billions trying to fix the problems. you wanna repeat that? maybe there is not a better way, i don’t know. to comment that it’s ok to f*ck up just cause we in the west did seems kinda odd though.

    China is a great country, populated by a great people that is simply emulating the west in it’s well deserved ascent into great power status. there is nothing wrong with pointing it that this rise has costs. i hope it finds a better way to the top of the heap though.

    and for all the doofusses who have devolved this startling collection of photographs into a ‘east versus west’ thing….

    Chineses girls are hot! China under it’s present leadership sucks!

    You take your pictures of America and I’ll just resubmit these pictures of China. I’ll win hands down.

    China has been around for awhile though and will undoubtedly rise above this. Right now though…

    that’s the fact Jack, case closed.

    ps that david hewison post is really good. you are one smart guy.

  38. …and people in the west think that changing their lightbulbs will ‘save the planet’ … what a joke !

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  40. This shows the thoughtfulness socialist and communist Gov’ts have toward the environment and the people.
    When you run a nation in such a way, you run short of money fast. to keep up the money, corners are cut, and this is what one gets. The Soviet Factory cities are still massive toxic dumps as well.
    Meanwhile, in the “Evil Capitalistic ” USA, we have gotten things so clean, the EPA and Greenies who’ve taken it over are claiming a minuscule portion of the environment, CO2, is a pollutant and needs to be controlled. Regardless of the fact Every Living Animal on the planet produces it, and it is Vital to the life of plants, and does next to nothing to raise or lower the temps of the Earth.
    We’ve gotten so clean, they need imaginary pollutants to attempt to turn US into Red China by using the false pollutants as an excuse for total control of the Economy.

    1. Precisely.

      Being a Czech, I grew up in an industrial region of communist Czechoslovakia (Ostrava). The pollution was horrible. Dead rivers stinking like chemical factories, multi-colored smoke in the sky, fine dust and ash falling on your head as you walked the city centre, and a smell in the air that faintly reminded you of burning tires. That was Ostrava in 1989. I still remember it very well. We (the children) were constantly ill with tonsillitis, various colds, heavy cough and no one gave a damn.

      And why?

      Because the communists worshipped industry as an idol, and industry had absolute priority. And for their collectivist ideology, suffering of an individual (or multiple individuals) was meaningless and insignificant obstacle for the collectivist dream of Golden Era of Communism, which had to come one day. People were just tiny cogs in the machine of the totalitarian state.

      To Dylan and other west-bashing überlefties: get a clue. Go visit the former Eastern bloc and speak to older people there. As long as the west keeps the representative democracy alive, it will avoid such things, because no one in their sane mind would vote cancer for their children and poison in their water.

      This raping of Earth is possible precisely because of the political system. As long as the political class has too much power over lives of people, and is not under strong enough control from their own population, it will treat you – yes, YOU – as a turd on a road. Never, never, never advocate for tyrannies, they will not make your life any better

      1. PS One of the things that keeps tyrannic regimes alive, and enables them to treat people in this way, is their control of media, and a state propaganda machine that they invariably keep running.

        Yes, we Czechs were actually unaware about the exact scientific dimensions of the pollution that we lived in, breathed, ate and drank. The exact figures were classified, or not measured at all. We just knew that things were bad, because we had working senses; but only after the communist regime fell, did we learn that the maximal allowed concentrations of poisons in the air and in the water were exceeded by 50-100 TIMES.

        1. Enjoy reading your posts, Marian.

          We seem to have a large number of well-meaning, but clueless folks in the States who really seem to believe that communism [in the name of ‘democracy’ or mob-rule] is just the thing we need and are ready to give the old heave-ho to our constitutional republic.

          Folks need to hear more from those who lived in former bloc countries. Maybe it would help to remove the plank [or unicorn horn] from their eyes.

          1. FreeStateYank – Hear Hear – speak louder mate as I don’t think we are being heard.. communism / socialism is becoming trendy to the stupid. Judging by the posts here, masochism is the new black.

            Why on earth would anyone choose to live under dictatorial rule, give up their freedom and throw liberty to the wind..

            All these things that so many died to protect.

            1. I think folks are enamored with a romanticized Ideal of Communism because:
              a) Hollywood glorifies it, never pointing out the downsides or showing conditions ‘enjoyed’ by non-elites. [Oddly, those wealthy Hollywood types never volunteer to turn over all of their assets and retain a mere 10% upon which to live modestly?]
              b) The media is rife with lefties of whom most never took a basic economics class, and if they did, it was taught by a Keynesian disciple. They climb on the bandwagon from stupidity and/or ideological incontinence. They’ve also promulgated PC speech, so folks who’d like to call a pig in a poke for what it is, are cowed [ha, ha] fearing they’ll be branded a porcine ‘hater’.
              c) It’s become very unfashionable to teach about things like our Constitutional Republic and the beauty of our Constitution. Instead, students spend time learning about the oppressive, Imperialist US regime that has spent it’s entire existence subjugating those that are different.
              d) The corporatist’s who have bought most of congress have implemented so many policies that benefit narrow interests, while at the same time, wrapping it in a politically beneficial wrapping of helping the less fortunate [think of the lax lending regulations forced by congress]- all at the expense of the productive class. Thus, it appears quite hard to get ahead with employment down and the deflated worth of the dollar over-inflating the cost of housing. Some have given up.
              e) In light of all of the above, many would prefer to self-delude themselves. Indeed, the ‘new black’. Me? I like the truth- unvarnished and with every wart visible- at least I know what I must face…and resist.

              For skeptical, often left-brain types, the messages do not resonate. Further, as the productive class has been pushed further and further to support the left agenda, many are ‘going Galt’.

              My household has deliberately gone to one income. We get by, but are done working our keisters off only to be thrust in higher tax brackets with a marginal net income that is not much more than relying upon one income.

              As more people do this; voluntarily or through loss of employment, it really will cause a problem for wealth redistributionistas. After all, it’s the productive class that pays the largest total percentage of their income. The uber wealthy, while they pay in large amounts, have means to write-off or otherwise defer significant tax burdens and are not the bulk of the population. The varying levels in the middle can no longer afford supporting those who cannot or will not work and stupid policies that simply bloat the bureaucratic machine; whilst multi-nationals continue to offshore seeking higher margins, the shite will indeed hit the fan. It’s about an inch from the blades.

              Look for more and more ‘regular’ folk to use a barter system. Some perhaps for the first time in their lives.

              Tax revenue will continue to shrink. The Feds will continue to print. The Yuan will have to unpeg at some point as they can’t continually run at a loss.

              Unless, of course, Congress decides to expropriate 401k’s and other savings in the best interests of her citizens [snort]. There’s several trillion in those accounts. Isn’t that the Communist way? Take what isn’t yours to redistribute so the masses think they really are getting bread and circuses. Ooops. Then the stolen funds run out. Whoopsie!

              Why do businesses foolishly invest in Venezuela? When Hugo is running low on funds, he simply nationalizes something else. Last one was luxury Hilton hotels.

              Capital flees such places as there is no guarantee that what is yours will remain so.

              In the US, small businesses have provided the ONLY on-government net employment over the past 9 years. In the current climate, NO small business person that I know is expanding or hiring. [Perhaps it would be different if I new someone in credit collections!] We don’t know what Congress will pull next. Even if they aren’t pulling a Chavez, if they raise actual taxes or do so by stealth with legislative mandates, the net is the same. At some point, it’s just not worth the risk, sweat, and uncertainty.

              US policy and the burdens continually placed on the middle class has a direct impact on China as the middle class are their largest consumers of exports. US policies have given China a wonderful opportunity to raise the standard of living for their people and to modernize. While she has a long way to go, at least China isn’t communistic of the Chavez/Mao type. They know that does not work.

              The choices of both countries are critical. Environmental issues in China is one part of the whole convoluted puzzle. Pure mercantilism isn’t the way for China. Communistic corporatism isn’t the way for the US. Both countries have much to offer. Let’s hope their leaders and powerful business interests choose wisely.

        2. You are a breath of fresh air. For so long now I have argued that those who denounce freedom and democracy here in Australia are cowards..

          So easy it is to call for a new socialist rule and denounce our current way of life.. while enjoying the benefits of being free.

          Not a single one of them have lived under communist rule.. or experienced a life under socialism.

          As a species with supposed intellect.. We forget so easily – or when it suits our ideals.

          Well, those idiots that call for socialism now, the ones that enjoy freedom but want you to repent (not them) for our sins of Co2 may well get their wish – they will soon have a new cause.. They’ll wish they never wished in the first place.

          The challenge for our new rulers of course will be how to apply a new tax to that.

          1. I love Oz and have admired many of it’s sensible policies. Back in the early 80’s I wrote a paper about it’s immigration and employment standards. Very unusual for the time.

            Something changed in the Ozziesphere. PC gone global, perhaps?

            One thing I’ve always enjoyed when meeting an Aussie [and I’ve NEVER met one I didn’t like!] is they tell it like it is. That is a national treasure and should be jealously preserved. If the citizenry of Oz gets bulldozed into curbing their speech, it will not be good for the nation.

            Of course, the ones seeking to muzzle truth-tellers are the lefties who on the face of it promote tolerance and freedom. The reality is the complete opposite.

            Lastly, I think those who seek to uphold the rule of law and Constitutional rights should NOT use the word ‘democracy’ Have you noticed how oppressive regimes such as Chavez use the term ‘democracy’ and ‘democratically elected’ even as they change their constitution with what is likely loaded ballot-boxes?

            For those nations who are still free and those who seek to become so, perhaps the term should be ‘Constitutional Republic’ or if the ‘D’ word must be used, a ‘Constitutional Democracy’. It’s the constitution part that is key. While many decry our constitution as being hopelessly dated. It’s actually a brilliant document [with hat tips in it’s creation to the Magna Carta, British rather than Roman law, and other preceding documents and writings of merit]

            The CO2 nightmare must be fought. I would however, love to see the US and it’s friends off of oil from places whose policies are antithetical to ours and from which problems arise. Thus, the Natural Gas Act of 2009, would be OK in my book. We’ve got shiteloads of NG and more than enough to share – as does Oz, I believe. The Bear has enough for Europe and would provide a steady stream of revenue to the Russian Federation and foster sustainable prosperity for it’s people.

            If we get off foreign oil, then no payoffs to crooked regimes or fighting wars to preserve Western interests and our trade deficit improves. Win/win.

  41. They’re not going to change, even if they pollute their homeland so badly they can’t use it anymore. They have one of the biggest militaries in the world and constantly grow it. Once the Chinese have polluted their own country beyond use, you know what they’re going to do next?

    They’re going to invade the United States, to try and take control of our land. They have the resources to overrun this country: Their standing army of 450 million soldiers is 150 million more than the entire population of the US combined.

    That is, if they can’t legally annex us: They keep buying more and more of our debt every year, which the US voluntarily sells to keep the nation’s government operating. They could call the debt at any time.

    1. You are too extreme on that circumstance. In order to go to war, a nation must have the supports of its people. Its people are protesting daily over pollution. There are tenths of thousands of protests happening annually there. I doubt those who are unhappy with the pollution will support a war against us.

      But what you said about call the debt could happen. We are spending and borrowing out of control. China is likely to continue to push for different global currency standard other than US dollar. That way, it can get rid its holding in our debts.

  42. Growing up in the States many years ago, I remember rivers that could catch fire and air that stung my eyes. The good thing was that we figured out not only that it was bad, but that it could be cleaned up and prevented.

    China, as some have pointed out, in its relentless pursuit of growth, knows full well what they are doing to the environment is horrible, but they do not seem to care. They are not interested in learning from the lessons of the world that developed before them. In addition, there is no Fourth Estate or check and balance system to stand up for any of the people who are paying the price; thus the problem dwarfs even the worst the US ever experienced in the 50’s and 60’s.

    China is now exporting its environmentally unfriendly practices to the rest of the world. It is polluting its neighbor Burma, laying waste to that country’s formerly vast timber reserves, flooding villages and towns by building damns that will generate power not for Burma, but for China, devastating the water by dumping massive amounts of chemicals used in the mining of gold and other metals, and leaving massive holes where Chinese firms have strip mined whatever resources they can find.

    Many African countries are undergoing the same onslaught, though slowly the local populations are fighting back. This will only accelerate as Ugly Chinese becomes the new rallying cry around the world.

    1. Very true point. Amazing really, when you consider the amazing rebirth of our rivers in such a short time.

      Living in the DC metro area, the PCB’s and other contaminants in Virginia’s James River was constant news and a real eye-opener.

      Thing is, I am absolutely convinced that the Chinese can do things the right way and prosper. While I do not support Communism, perhaps the natural advantages of an authoritarian government could be put to some good use? Surely, if done properly, positive change could be rather quickly realized?

  43. This is one of the most tragic stories of the millenium. Actually, China only became the world’s most polluted nation since “free market” economic changes began taking place there a few decades ago. Unregulated growth has led to rapid industrialization throughout most rural areas, companies are not held responsible for their contamination of soil, air and water, injured workers are rarely given compensation, and unemployment and homelessness are rising. Disease, cancer, and birth defects run rampant throughout formerly pristeen agricultural areas.

    But it’s the “capitalist dream” being realized – unlimited profits for the rich and powerful, and no rules to hamper their greedy, ‘ambitious’ pursuits. No recourse for the poor and oppressed. What more could a tyrannical capitalist dictator want?
    I’m certainly not a fan of communism. The Hell on Earth that China has become will not long be contained within that region’s borders. It will spread like an infectious disease to other nations around the globe. It’s only a matter of time. In case you haven’t noticed, tyranny is on the rise everywhere.
    Haven’t leaders of the “free western world” been pressuring China for decades to join their “superior free enterprise” system??…

    Let us not be pointing fingers here. We are ALL to blame for China’s fall into a (barely living) hell.. Damn us all !!

    1. Yes lets all avoid buying these products. I’m sure the people of China that are trying to climb out of the cesspit of poverty would be happy to give up any hope of freedom and wealth. I mean, making them poor, removing the only path they have that could empower the individual is by far the best way to clean up China.. and in the process..

      1. Cull their population through lack of hygiene, medical access, birth control technology, education, electricity, heating.. cooling, transport, decent income and humane rights…

      2. Socialists / Environmentalists / Anti Capitalist / Anti Consumerist will feel good that they are now no longer responsible for damaging the environment. Racial genocide is a mere inconvenience to this cause. Collateral damage.

      A pragmatist would argue that if you want to promote a safe environment both for people and the planet.. make the population rich! For they will want to preserve nature as the wealthy like to holiday and take photos and generally enjoy nature.

      If they were wealthy and free they would have the energy, time and ability to focus on technologies that will save the environment.. they would NOT be spending all their effort on simply surviving.

      If you live in a shack, sleep next to your puddle of urine you call a toilet, cook in a hole in the ground and breath in the smoke from the fire in that hole in the ground and watch your children die before their first birthday from starvation, disease and lung cancer… somehow they will not have the interest in saving a tree, they will not set aside money from their dollar a day wage to fund new research and frankly don’t care and will unlikely wake up, thanks to their ever abundant lack of education.. Recycling to them is having a bath in the river they shit in.

      Now, can anyone name a 3rd world country, or a communist state that has come up with.. well, anything that might clean our world up? Oh, in fact.. who can name a 1st world country that HASN’T focused on cleaning us all up? You all saw the picture of raining ash in this piece.. There is a coal fired power station about an hours drive of my home city in Australia.. I know people there, I have flown there as a pilot and driven there in my car.. I can tell you through personal experience, through my own eyes.. (I know some here might not understand this concept) that if you own a white car in this area.. guess what – it stays white! There’s not a spec of particulate pollution to be seen! GASP! How could this be??? I hear you all thinking..

      Well, in Australia, like any other 1st world nation, we have wealth, our government is accountable to the people (yeah they can be voted out!) and we have a responsibility to the environment that we live up to – after all, who wants a weekend holiday in a garbage dump? We have clean running water, abundant food, roofs over our heads.. we are not spending every waking moment looking for ways to feed our kids a grain of rice.. we don’t have 30 kids each either thanks to our educated population. As consumers, we will not buy from corporations that pollute our country, as voters we, through public sentiment force the government to regulate the application of standards to industries that pollute. Corporations want our business, so they are falling over themselves to out-do their competitors by offering better service, cheaper products and… more responsibility towards our environment! They want our business so they listen and they act. Our Government wants to remain in Government so they make this policy… Climate Change policy is a case in point – but to our detriment thanks to the utter lack of understanding from the voting public. We aren’t perfect but we get closer and closer to perfect every day.

      By contrast, China is a Communist State, answerable to no-one. They, thanks to their massive population and thanks to the fact that they have embraced capitalism (only for the elite of course), are now in a position that they are needed by the western world. Australia avoided recession thanks in part to China’s demand for our resources.

      We need them, so we’re not about to destroy them. They have embraced capitalism without taking the responsibility that comes with that. They are not answerable to me, or you – most importantly to their own population.. their officials are getting rich at the expense of their people.

      There are examples of environmental rape in the developed world.. compared to the undeveloped world however it is insignificant. So who’s framework would you rather? And what is the fundamental difference separating the two?? Is it: Education? Wealth? or perhaps accountability? It is all of these things.

      China is slowly rising. It’s people, especially in the cities are economically evolving, this will in time spread to the rural regions and eventually communism will cease in China, as it has everywhere else (except Nth Korea – I wonder how their environmentalism is going?) and only then will the people be in a position of power such that they can take control and live like the rest of us. Good for them, good for us and good for the planet.

      It’s a sad thing that the environmental groups have become so successful that our liberty, freedom and wealth are so threatened now that we are about to enter a new age of socialism… An age where the ability to be environmentally friendly (a luxury) will stop and survival will prevail.

      Whilst this photographic essay does not discuss, or at least capture the argument of Anthropogenic Global Warming some here seem to make that connection.. Human sewerage, chemical waste and human rights abuse is not.. erm.. Co2 pollution (to coin an ignorant phrase) – however, I thought it prudent to point to a link that (SHOCK HORROR!!!) disproves, once and for all, the theory of Human caused global warming… So lets now focus and spend instead, on the real problems.. like cleaning up china! erasing poverty, malaria, other diseases, and eradicating human rights abuse.

      To the skeptics amongst you – this is an excellent collection of observed data that has been recorded using Satellites, Radiosondes, ARGO, Sea Level Measuring Sensors, Ice Core Samples and Field Work. Yes, this is a compilation of what’s been observed, of what’s actually happened along with projections based on current trends with a healthy appreciation that trends don’t always do what you expect – but are about the only tool we can use to forecast.

      To the believers amongst you – I am sorry, but there are no models predicting gloom, so you may have trouble staying focused.. there are no threats of death, no alarmist apocalypse, no IPCC telling you how to think, in fact its a relatively boring document. Worst of all, it doesn’t make you feel so guilty that you are quite literally forced by your own good conscience to make someone else pay. I am afraid it is based on actual data that anyone can access – feel free to read it, but I urge you not to try to hard – having your faith destroyed can be a daunting experience – for what will fill your empty void when it’s gone? Maybe you could begin a war against global cooling? (Again) well, at least that would be a war worth fighting.

      Here’s the report:

      If you sat down for a while and analyzed the evolution of the human being, especially over the last few hundred years.. you might realize something.. Nations that treat their sewerage, regulate industry to reduce pollution, have the cleanest environments, the cleanest drinking water, the best medical access and the best education standards all have one thing in common – which is:

      – Their Governments are based on democratic multi party systems
      – Their economies are based on capitalism and consumerism
      – Their citizens are free

      Thus providing the framework to make it possible to be a:

      – Member of the 1st world economy.

      Could this be just an evil right wing conspiracy?

        1. G’day Freestate, Yeah I did.. I’m blinking in disbelief as we speak… Maybe this is all a dream were the world is full of opposites.. black is white..lstupid is smart blah blah…

          I just hope I wake out of my slumber before there’s no planet left!

          The book 1984 is not as far fetched as I used to think.

          Thanks for the kind words on an earlier post, I will respond to that post as it is worth responding too.. however, my 11 week old is annoyed at something tonight so i wont be able to give it the thought it demands so excellently!!

          Now wheres that alarm clock?

  44. .

    And this does not show the 3,000 deaths a year in the coal mining industry. And this was a ‘good’ year – I have seen previous reports as high as 6,000.

    While all industrial deaths in China stand at about 100,000 a year.

    You know that bright red colour that the Chinese like to use on the boxes of their products. It is not dye, it is the blood of Chinese workers.

    Have a nice shopping day….


    1. The Chinese government will not care that much about workers with low skills. They are probably considered as collateral damages since China has 1.3 billion. I’m sure it is trying to reduce its population in anyway it could.

  45. All i can say is wow! I had no idea that a country could do such horrible things to its own people.
    we are all to blame! Next time you purchase turn it over and look where its made.
    I live in a small town in Saskatchewan Canada about as far as you could ever get from china, wrong! even here there is a company that has ties with the Chinese government. They make the pumpjacks that pull the oil from the earth. I wonder if Mr. Grimes who has been to the factory to see how the pumpjacks are made knows about the pollution that goes on there.

  46. Cause: people in the West buying stuff made in China.

    Solution: people in the West stopping buying stuff made in China.

    It’s not complicated…

    1. oh yes, not complicated.. especially when you ignor that a large proportion of the photo’s are of sewage flowing into their drinking water.. it’s simple really..

      Stop buying stuff made in China!!! That will stop them shitting.. oh wait.

      No!! I got it! Stop buying stuff made in china!! Stop them developing so that they cant build sewage treatment plants.. oh.. no that wont work.

      OK.. I got it.. Stop the capitalism!! Stop buying Chinese stuff.. make them poorer!! SO that they can.. ahh.. yeah.. no thats not it.

      oh dear.. what dooooo we do.

      1. ROFLMAO. ‘Stop the Shite!’

        Johnnie and Doug’s point, with a slight adaptation, has merit. Citizens in purchasing countries should insist on only buying from companies who import from factories which follow sensible environmental management practices. A bunch of mom’s boycotting Walmart could be quite effective.

        Regarding food items that are harvested in the developed countries and shipped to other countries for processing…well, it makes no sense- from a food safety, environmental, and home country employment/economic perspective.

        In the US, only Mott’s apple juice is made with US apples, processed, and bottled in the States. So the manufacturers are filling up ships with Yankee apples to be processed elsewhere?

        With the melamine issue as one example, I do not think it wise for countries to give up food safety for a few cents margin. I’d rather pay more in food costs and less in taxes. Currently, net cash outflows and lost employment, coupled with the lefty need to provide everything to everyone has raised taxes unbearably for the productive, yet not uber rich citizens, to compensate for the outflows of USD.

        I’ve never understood why the Chinese, with their massive build-up of trade surplus reserves, didn’t turn around and hire Western firms to build plants that are environmentally sound, buildings that are properly constructed, and power generation plants that meet what should be global safety standards. Trade becomes [more] balanced and the Chinese have factories and buildings which are cheaper over the long term as they: a) will last, b) not create toxic dumps that even if ignored have a cost in terms of further water treatment and decline of fish stocks and other wildlife, which may be either additional food supply or natures insecticide [just to name a few issues]. When does cholera break out?

        Surely, all countries, their businesses, and people would benefit and prosper from the idea outlined above?

        Perhaps I am too naive and simpleminded? Where is common sense in business? Ultimately, I believe greater prosperity is achieved with long-term, not short-term thinking.

        1. Well i must admit i don’t understand how it got to this point either.

          I think you might be right, a compromise may work.. What i do know is that right now the Chinese government is financially propping China up through their version of stimulus.

          This is dangerous as, sooner or later, the stimulus will run out and like here, will cause pain (which was obvious from the start, yet the politicians and media missed it) – so we cannot simply stop buying their products, it would be extremely damaging to them – their people.

          But certainly buying from companies that do the right thing, or are showing moves towards that.. it would still hurt but they might still be able to grow..

          I still think though, allow them to succeed and the people will be empowered, the people will demand higher standards when they have the power to do so.

          Lets not take that power away thanks to some left leaning idiots who are incapable of reasoned thought.

  47. This is a brilliant and revealing photo essay by Lu Guang, showing that China’s meteoric rise has not been without enormous cost to the environment and to the Chinese living in these areas.

    I’ve always wondered: where did china get the money to spark its rapid growth? Starting with silk shirts in the late 80s, we’ve witnessed an increasing flood of Chinese goods swamping home-grown products, as more and more American companies began to “outsource” or “go offshore,” ostensibly to reduce costs.

    As a somewhat Incredible example, after harvest, some American-grown agricultural products are shipped to China for processing and canning, and then shipped back to the United States for sale. Something in this equation doesn’t quite add up for yours truly, so there must be one or more hidden factors which are not being calculated properly or factored into the equation, at all.

    One famous method of American companies was to “crush” the competition, even if at a (temporary) loss. Whether or not this is somebody’s plan, it seems to bear some resemblance to recent events, as illustrated by the Chinese model. America has been at least partially de-industrialized, with the resultant lost of millions of jobs, while China has been building gleaming cities.

    As our star falls, China’s rises. At the same time, the West – especially the USA – are made to feel guilty about polluting the world with our affluence.

    The pictures tell a different story. Yes, photographs can lie too, so it always pays to do a little of your own digging, and most importantly:

    Think for Thyself.

  48. Amazing……and not one peep from Al Gore… My guess is that his eco-business investments are only here in the U.S. Can’t get rich in China can we fat boy.

  49. I’m almost speechless, thankyou for documenting the horror the people of China must deal with. Dear Gawd the communist elites are pure evil, someday I hope the people are freed from the marxist elites who hate freedom but worship enslaving the people in the name of greed.

  50. Jim – Spot on! Well said but most here will gloss of that little fact as if its a little but too complex.

  51. Verdaderamente seguiremos haciendo ojos ciegos a una mal comprendida economía, ¿economía de quién?

  52. Pingback: Piling on China
    1. BOICOTT CHINA! Do not support that industry! …nor their invation of Tibet nor the torture/rape of muchs and nuns…. nor their torture biling animals ALIVE…. BOICOTT CHINA!

      1. Boycott China? I would check out where that keyboard you are typing on came from. And the rest of the items on your desk. Even more take a look at work.

        It’s easy to spout off about boycotting something on a post, on the internet.

        Good luck on that holy war of yours.

    2. Have you ever been in Russia? Even in my native town, you can expect more from landscapes around you.
      So, you still think, that there’s any reasons to boycott china? I guess, that we need to demand our government to learn how to manage their country’s.

      It is so many abilities around to understand how to make citizens happy, which is still unused, that makes population goes crazy and found revolutions in their cataclysm-country. Same will be with China, instead of your reaction, they will react by themselves and turnover their nation to keep their society and use management, which rated every common person of each society, higher then production plan: like in Japanese-stile management.

        1. I’m afraid this won’t help but make them poorer (and hence suffer more).

          China is an Industrial giant coming to life because the Chinese want it and most of them, apparently, are willing to pay the price. Otherwise they would’ve opted to stay peaceful villagers and farmers raising cattle and rice.

          Someday in the near future it’ll change when people realize they will not be able to LIVE in this kind of environment but until this sobering up I hope they will be able to fix what they’ve destroyed.

          That’s the way of the world.

  53. @Charles Lynch, this is what “Made in China” means. You are supporting this every time you buy something “Made in China”.

    1. Conveniently blaming on the consumers are poorly justified, since they are too far from the original spot of the problem on such chain. The root of the problem is that the government is not from the people, not by the people and therefore not for the people.

      So cherish what we have got here, at least.

        1. But have EVERY manufactures done things that deserve to be punished? I think not. The problem should be fixed elsewhere, more effectively and efficiently.

          Meanwhile, we do share the same conclusion to buy less “made in China”s, for different reasons though. My reasoning is to save more wealth here.

          1. you have no understanding of economics and are just repeated what your government tells you. You’d think in recent times you would of learnt that maybe thinking for yourself will get you further

            1. North Americans need to stop supporting their fabrication materials or whatever steel is called. T
              China needs to start buying that from other countries and use it towards implementing proper recycling and dump sites needed for accomidating the dense population’s needs. The Chinese should be importing materials for their pusuits in building proper housing as well.
              It has nothing to do with not buying a chinese product, unless that product is a source of pollution to the Chinese peoples lungs and health. Us buying a food or toy import has nothing to do with how they are disposing their own capitialist wastes.

      1. i agree with the above comment. Consumers are not to be held responsible for such damages.

        Whether or not consumers feel responsible for whatever they may have helped contribute, the Chinese market is so largely embedded in the international economy that discontinuing the purchase of Chinese goods would do even more damage to the international market more so than would the polluting effects of a flourishing market.

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