16 Pictures that Put China’s Pollution into Perspective

We often hear about China being polluted, about the hard to breahe are, the smog, the soot, the carbage flowing on the rivers, but these pictures show just how bad the situation really is. Keep in mind though that an image is just a moment captured in time and they don’t tell the whole story.

Image via Texas A&M.

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Beijing on a clear day and on a day with smog. Image via Wikipedia.

Image via Eco News.

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Image via Chairman Migo.

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Image via Tree Hugger.

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Image via SCMP.

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5 thoughts on “16 Pictures that Put China’s Pollution into Perspective

  1. Gnarlodious

    Americans forget what it was like before the EPA. Garbage was everywhere, streets littered with trash, the air was filthy in cities and waterways were cesspools. But within a decade Americans cleaned up America. By the way, this is the same EPA industrialists want to dismantle. Look at the above photos for a clue as to why.

  2. Progressive Republican

    It’s a constant source of amazement to me (not amusement) when those on america’s right complain about how the EPA regulations are so unfairly strangling Big Business under their oh-so-onerous yoke. Then they point to how (relatively) clean the air and water are and finish saying that since they are so clean that the EPA isn’t needed anymore.

    Gimme a break.

    How many of them know/remember how bad things were forty years ago before the EPA? Watch an old episode of Dragnet and you’ll see just how brown if not opaque L.A.’s air used to be.

    The streams choked with algae and dead fish.

    The Cuyahoga River fire of ’69

    The Cuyahoga River fire of ’69!

    And that was by no means the first. I found over twenty references to the Cuyahoga alone burning when I was researching it. Same thing happened in Chicago, Duluth, Milwaukee, Detroit, Buffalo, Toledo…

    Here’s a nice picture of the Cuyahoga fire of ’52.

    Nice, huh?

    Yeah, righties. Let’s go back to this.

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