China’s Extreme Pollution: In 10 Years, 1 in 3 Families Will Have Cancer

City covered in heavy smog. (Image: WeChat)
City covered in heavy smog. (Image: WeChat)

In the next 10 years, it’s predicted that 1 in 3 families living in China will have financial issues relating to cancer.

A quick glance at China’s current environmental state shows us the potential damage of every action, leaving us with

little wonder as to why Chinese hospitals are becoming more packed each year.

These are the three aspects of our environment that are facing critical damage in central parts of China:

Extreme water pollution

In the past it was possible to rinse rice in the rivers, but now it’s too risky to wash clothes in the river. One-quarter of China’s population accesses sub-standard drinking water.

Pollution of the air

According to the World Bank’s 2014 Report, 16 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in China. Lung cancer is the top cause of cancerous death in China.

Land contamination

Heavy metals, long term pesticide and fertilizer has lead to declined land fertility. Residue from pesticide poses serious health threats.
The heavily-polluted areas include the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta and old industrial bases in northeastern China, as well as some places in Hunan that contain large amounts of heavy metal.

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