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Posted on Mon, May 28, 2012 09:17 AM 475307

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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 (??) 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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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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