China’s Deadly Pollution of Air, Water, Land and Health Status
Posted by Author on July 18, 2007
According to an 18-month study released recently by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and previous exposed World Bank report, here’s some numbers showing the deadly pollution of air, water, land and the health status in China:
(picture: The polluted Songhua river near to the Chinese city of Harbin. Photograph: China Photos/Getty, from The Guardian website)
1. “highly polluted” water, covering:
– 1/3 the length of all China’s rivers
– 75% of its major lakes
– 25% of all its coastal waters
Caused health problem:
– 300 million people are drinking contaminated water on a daily basis
– 190 million are suffering from water related illnesses each year
– Nearly 30,000 children die from diarrhoea due to polluted water each year
– overtake the United States as the world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases
Caused health problem:
– 750,000 Chinese die prematurely each year, Beijing forced the World Bank to delete this figures from a similar report.
– Unless pollution is controlled, by 2020 it will cause 600,000 premature deaths in urban areas and 20 million cases of respiratory illness a year
– More than 17,000 towns have no sewage works at all
– human waste from nearly one billion people is barely collected or treated
– Nearly 70% of the rural population has no access to safe sanitation.
– 27% of the landmass of the country is now becoming desertified
world’s 20 most polluted cities are in China
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