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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.

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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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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“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.

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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.

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“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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