Pollution in China - Appalling photos    

 

Various forms of pollution (especially air pollution and water pollution) have increased as China is being industrialized. Although China has taken some action, overall the situation keeps deteriorating. Here are some appalling photos showing the heavy pollution in China. ...More

 

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

By Bernd Chang

 

Pollution in China is one aspect of the broader topic of environmental issues in China. Various forms of pollution (water pollution, air pollution, etc.) have increased as China is being industrialized. The industrialization has caused widespread environmental and health problems.

Although China has responded with increasing environmental regulations and a build-up of pollutant treatment infrastructure which have caused improvements on some variables, but overall the situation keeps deteriorating due to the short-sighted leaders who concentrate on economic development and unawareness of the public of the long-term loss caused by environmental problems. And environmental laws as well as all other laws in China are often not strictly followed.

Following are some appalling photos taken by famous Chinese photographer and environmentalist Lu Guang showing heavy pollution in China and the environmental disasters of current China.

Lu Guang (卢广) was born in Zhejiang province and encountered photography at the age of 20 when working in a silk factory. He studied at Beijing's Tsinghua University from 1993 to 1995 and has since worked as a freelance photographer.

Skilled at social documentary photography, his insightful, creative and artistic work often focused on “social phenomena and people living at the bottom of society”. Many of his award winning works focused on social issues like, “gold rush in the west”, “drug girl”, “small coal pit”, “HIV village” and so on.

In 2003, Lu was awarded the first prize for a story about contemporary issues from World Press Photo for his photographs of Henan Province peasants who had been infected with HIV after selling their blood.

His picture story on drug addicts in southern Yunnan was exhibited at Visa pour l'Image that same year. In 2005, he became the first photographer from China to be invited by the US Department of State as a visiting scholar.

In 2008, he was awarded Gruner + Jahr's Henri Nannen Prize for photojournalism. In 2009, he received the $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his project "Pollution in China".
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People from Fanjiazhuang (范家庄) were ready to submit a complain filled with their fingerprints, to seek compensation for pollution damages, March 19, 2008.
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There are a lot of charitable nursing homes in Shanxi Province to help disabled infants abandoned by their parents, April 14, 2009.
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13 years old Yang Xiao from 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) fell ill with obscure disease in November 2008. She was saved by the donation of the villagers. When the grandmother saw the old village chief coming to visit his granddaughter, she kneeled on the ground holding granddaughter’s hand. April 19, 2009
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The oldest was 9, not going to school. The youngest was less than 2 years old. They lived in severely polluted area. Their hands and faces were always dirty, April 10, 2005.
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58-year-old Ma Haipeng (马海朋) from Mazhuang village by the Hong River in Wugang City, Henan province, (河南省舞钢市洪河边的马庄村) was suffering from stomach cancer since 2006 and could not work in the farming field. He must take medicine every day, otherwise it was too painful, April 6, 2009
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A lot of handicapped babies were being abandoned in Shanxi Province every year. Kong Zhenlan (孔贞兰) in Qi county (祁县), who was making a living by recycling trash, adopted 25 abandoned children. April 14, 2009
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Xuanwei (宣威) in Yunnan province is a cancer village. Every year more than 20 people die of cancer in the village. 11-year-old student Xu Li (徐丽) was suffering from bone cancer. May 8, 2007
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Villagers suffering from cancer counted to 50 at the time in Shexian Village, Hebei Province, (河北省涉县固新村) and more than 20 cancer patients die each year in the cancer village. March 18, 2008
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22-year-old Zhu Xiaoyan (朱小燕) from 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) had a tumor in her stomach in 2007 and died a year later despite many times of hospital treatments in July 2008. 4-year-old girl came to mother’s tomb to mourn the deceased mother with her grandfather. April 2009
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More appalling photos on water pollution in China: waste is discarged to a major river without being treated.
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More appalling photos on the serious pollution in China: Fishes were poisoned to death in a lake.
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More appalling photos on the serious water pollution in China: Fishes were poisoned to death in a lake.
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Riverside were full of white waste.
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A woman was washing the fish before cooking on the riverside that were stacked with piles of industrial wastes.
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October 14, 2009, the 30th W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund awards ceremony took place at the Asia Society in New York City. Lu Guang (卢广) from China won the $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his documentary project “Pollution in China".
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Lu Guang (卢广), freelancer photographer, got his master degree at the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University in 1996. Skilled at social documentary photography, his insightful, creative and artistic work often focused on “social phenomena and people living at the bottom of society”. Many of his award winning works focused on social issues like, “gold rush in the west”, “drug girl”, “small coal pit”, “HIV village” and so on.
Pollution in China,Water pollution
“At the junction of Ningxia province and Inner Mongolia province, I saw a tall chimney puffing out golden smoke that have covered the blue sky, large tracts of the grassland have become industrial waste dumping field; unbearable foul smell caused people to cough; Surging industrial sewage flew into the Yellow River…” recorded famous Chinese environmentalist and social documentary photographer Lu Guang.
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Chemical waste from Jiangsu Taixing Chemical Industrial District (江苏泰兴化工园区) were dumped on roof of the Yangtze River bank. May 15, 2009
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Fan Jia Zhuang in Anyang City, Henan province, (河南安阳市范家庄) was close to an industrial chimney. The village was under the iron rain every day because there was only one wall separating this village from the steelmaking furnaces. The villagers risked their lives living in this heavily polluted environment. March 24, 2008
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Industrial sewage of Zhejiang Xiaoshan Chemistry Industrial Park (浙江萧山化工园区) eventually flowed into Qiantang River which provides drinking water for millions of residents in the area including metropolis provincial capital city Hangzhou. April 24, 2009
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Waste water generated by Henan Anyang iron and steel plant’s (河南安阳钢铁厂) was discharged into Anyang River without being treated. March 25, 2008
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A villager was washing something in a seriously polluted pond in Guiyu town, Guangdong province, (广东省贵屿镇) where rivers and reservoirs have been contaminated. November 25, 2005
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Tall chimneys in Shizuishan Hubin Industrial Park in Ningxia province (宁夏石嘴山湖滨工业园区) were caught spitting out smoke and dust. A Resident wore scarf to fend off the falling dust from the sky when going outside. April 22, 2006
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On the Yellow Sea coastline, countless sewage pipes were buried in the beach and even extended into the deep sea. April 28, 2008
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There are many small-scaled iron factories and plastic processing plants along the Yangtze River in Ma’anshan, Anhui province (安徽马鞍山). Large amounts of sewage were discharged into the Yangtze River without pretreatment. June 18, 2009
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Two huge “black dragons” shaped by the smoke puffed out from the numerous chimneys of Lasengmiao Power Plant (内蒙古拉僧庙发电厂) in Inner Mongolia, covering the sky over the nearby villages. July 26, 2005
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Changshu Fluorine Chemical Industry Sewage Treating Plant (江苏省常熟市氟化学工业园污水处理厂) was responsible for collecting and processing the industrial sewage in Changshu city, Jiangsu province. However they did not, the sewage pipe was extended 1500 meters and sewage was released directly into the Yangtze River. June 11 2009.
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Soil along the Yangtze River was polluted by Ma’anshan Chemical Industrial District of Anhui Province (安徽省马鞍山化工园区). June 26, 2009
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Large amount of 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
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Large amount of chemical wastewater was discharged into Yangtze River from Zhenjiang Titanium mill (镇江市钛粉厂) every day. A large water processing plant providing drinking water to more than a million residents of Danyang City was located less than 1,000 meters away downstream. June 10, 2009
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Chemical Industrial District Sewage Treatment Plant (江苏省海门市化工园区污水处理厂) in Haimen city, Jiangsu province discharged wastewater into Yangtze River without pre-treating it. June 5, 2009
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Tianjin Iron and Steel Plant (河北省涉县天津钢铁厂) in Shexian of Hebei Province is a heavily polluting company. The company was still growing, seriously affecting the lives of local residents. March 18, 2008
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Longmen town in Hanchen city, Shaanxi Province (陕西省韩城市龙门镇) has a large-scaled industrial development zone. Environment was very seriously polluted there. April 8, 2008
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There were over 100 chemical plants in the Binhai Touzeng Coastline Chemical Industrial Park in Binhai county, Yancheng city, Jiangsu province (江苏滨海头罾沿海化工园区) . Some of them discharged wastewater directly into the ocean. Some heavily contaminated sewage was stored in 5 “Sewage Temporary Pools”; During the 2 high tides in every month, the temporarily stored sewage was discharged into the ocean with the tides. June 20, 2008
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Hu Kou County Chemical Industry district (江西省胡口县化工园区) in Jiangxi Province is located by the Yangtze River. Many chemical factory used the bank of the Yangtze River as landfill sites privately or reclaimed land from the river bank to expand the factories without permission from the authority.
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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 was sometimes black, gray, dark red, or yellow and wastewater from different chemical factories had different colors. June 18, 2009
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Shanxi Province is the most polluted area 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
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An elder shepherd by the Yellow River could not stand the smell. April 23, 2006
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15-year-old boy from Tianshui, Gansu Province (甘肃天水), dropping out of the school after 2nd grade, followed his parents to Heilonggui (黑龙贵) Industrial District. He earned 16 yuan a day. April 8, 2005
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The couple who worked at a Plaster Kiln in Heilonggui (黑龙贵) Industrial District in Inner Mongolia, just came back to their home. March 22, 2007
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Due to long-term consumption of the polluted water contaminated by industrial waste, more than 50 villagers from Xiakang village in Linfen City, Shanxi Province (山西省临汾市下康村) suffered from cancer and cerebral thrombosis. 64-year-old Wang Baosheng got ill since 2003. Having fester all over his body, Wang could not go to bed and had to lie with face down on the edge of the bed each day. July 10, 2005
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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 poorer areas. April 10, 2005
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, 45-year-old woman Sun Xiaojun (孙晓军), a villager of Zhangqiao village by the Hong River in Wugang City, Henan Province (河南省舞钢市洪河边的张桥村) ,could not move her feet and hands since 4 years ago. The numerous hospital treatments were not effective. April 7, 2009
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66-year-old Zhao Bingkun, a villager of Zhaozhuang village by the Hong River in Wugang City, Henan province (河南省舞钢市洪河边的赵庄村), suffered from esophageal cancer since 2004. He had just had a second surgery. His family had already spent more than 200,000 yuan but could not save his life. In the last days of his life, he had fever everyday, waiting for death. April 7, 2009
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Gao Wanshun (高万顺) , a villager of 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), lived in poverty after his wife died of cancer. April 3, 2009
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Farmers having worked in the cotton fields for 2 hours were covered with coal ashes falling from the industrial dust all over their bodies, Linfen city, Shanxi province (山西临汾市), September 24, 2007.
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