35 Unbelievable Photos Of The Extreme Pollution In China

China is a beautiful country, and much of it is filled with natural landscapes that are nothing short of idyllic. These pictures, however, paint a very different story:

#1. Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province


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Largely due to China being the fourth most visited country in 2014, as well as its fast-paced economic transformation, the Asian juggernaut’s environment sadly becomes the sacrificial lamb for progress.

#2. Workers clean up floating garbage on the Yangtze River


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Much like the smog that perpetually hangs over the skyline, China’s reputation for being one of the worst polluted countries looms above it: waterways slick with waste, increasing tendencies of birth defects, and dying wildlife due to pollution-related factors.

#3. Girl walks through smog in Beijing, where small-particle pollution is 40 times over international safety standard


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According to the Harvard Business Review, China, “is taking this challenge much more seriously than others… doing things differently, making longer-term, sustained commitments that are much larger.”

#4. Child drinks water from stream swimming with waste in Fuyuan County, Yunnan province


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In 2010, China ranked as the world’s leading investor in low-carbon energy technology, investing $54.4 billion on that year alone, up from $39.1 billion in 2009.

#5. Boy swims in water choked with algal bloom, Qingdao, Shandong


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It can be said that the Chinese government is very much aware of the ecological impact of their activities, and are developing long-term plans to solve them.

#6. Journalist takes a sample of red polluted water from the Jianhe River


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Hopefully, these changes start happening soon, before the harm becomes irreversible.

#7. Worker clears dead fish floating in a lake in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province


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#8. Labourer tries to clean up oil from water, Dalian, Liaoning


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#9. Workers try to drain sewage water from leaking sewage tank, Shanghang, Fujian


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#10. Buildings in Beijing surrounded by smog


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#11. Child swims with the garbage in a polluted reservoir, Pingba


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#12. Boy tries to avoid scattered rubbish floating on a flooded street in Shantou, Guangdong Province


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#13. Pollution from a factory in Yutian, 100km east of Beijing


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#14. Fake Hong Kong skyline for tourists


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#15. Dead fish in water filled with thick, muddy algae, in East Lake, Wuhan


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#16. Woman collects plastic bottles near river polluted by reddish dye


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#17. Pipe discharges waste water into Yangtze River


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#18. Great Wall Of China, with not-so-great hidden secrets


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#19. Heavily polluted river in Jiaxing, Zhejiang


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#20. Child playing in the trash at a village, Jiaxing


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#21. Fisherman cups a handful of water from the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei


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#22. Factory emissions against a backdrop of lush greenery


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#23. Fisherman wading through lake covered in algae, Chaohu Lake


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#24. A bridge over troubled water, Wenzhou, Zhejiang province


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#25. Girl and her father collect water from puddle at dried-up reservoir, Baofeng County


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#26. Fishermen picking fish in a polluted canal, Beijing


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#27. Workers collect bags of dead fish at a park in Shenzhen, Guangdong province


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#28. Residents stare at a heavily polluted river in Zhugao, Sichuan province


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#29. A street dog’s home is a garbage pile in Northern China


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#30. Over 3,000 dead pigs float in Huangpu River


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#31. Thick smog greets morning commuters in Beijing


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#32. Workers clean up leaked oil after an oil pipeline explosion, Qingdao, Shandong


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#33. Fishermen clean up 400 million gallons of oil after oil spill


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#34. Polluted lake in China


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#35. Flies gather on railings because of polluted water, East Lake, Wuhan


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