While China’s economy and progress is getting stronger, there appears to be some setbacks. China has a ever growing rate of pollution and environmental damage which doesn’t appear to be slowing down. These shocking photos of pollution in China show just how bad it really is.

China’s air pollution is known to be 20 times worse than the recommended safe levels. Due to their growing economy and population, their energy needs from coal are sky rocketing and is one of the biggest sources of air pollution – some even liking it to a nuclear winter,

Lakes and Waterways are also being choked with inorganic compounds, with some places chemicals turning the water into a blood red color. Combined with China’s thriving economy and industrialization means that the urban environments and the larger middle class are producing an enormous amount of rubbish which is clogging the waterways.

More info: cfr.org | theguardian.com | businessinsider.com.au (h/t: boredpanda)

Journalist Takes Sample Of Red Polluted Water From The Jianhe River

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Image credits: Reuters

Boy Swims In Algae-filled Water, Qingdao, Shandong

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Fishermen Row Boat In Algae-filled Chaohu Lake In Hefei, Anhui Province

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Image credits: Jianan Yu

Labourer Tries To Clean Up Oil From Water, Dalian, Liaoning

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Boy Tries To Avoid Scattered Rubbish Floating On A Flooded Street In Shantou, Guangdong Province

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Child Swims In Polluted Reservoir, Pingba

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Worker Cleans Away Dead Fish At Lake In Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province

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Girl Walks Through Smog In Beijing, Where Small-Particle Pollution Is 40 Times Higher Than International Safety Standards

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Workers Clean Up Floating Garbage On Yangtze River

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Child Drinks Water From Stream In Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province

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Workers Try To Drain Sewage Water From Leaking Sewage Tank, Shanghang, Fujian

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Pollution From A Factory In Yutian, 100km East Of Beijing

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Image credits: Peter Parks

Heavily Polluted River In Jiaxing, Zhejiang

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Buildings In Beijing Surrounded By Smog

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Image credits: China FotoPress

A Woman Collects Plastic Bottles Near A River Polluted With Reddish Dye

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Woman Walks On A Bridge Over A Polluted River, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province

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Image credits: Carlos Barria

Man Walks By A Pipe Discharging Waste Water Into The Yangtze River

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Image credits: William Hong

Fishermen Clean Up Oil At An Oil Spill Site Near Dalian Port, Liaoning Province

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Residents Look At A Heavily Polluted River, Zhugao, Sichuan province

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Dead Fish In Water Filled With Blueish Algae, East Lake, Wuhan

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