Role Of Water Pollution In China

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Chinese Air and Water Pollution Crisis
Throughout the past few centuries, air and water pollution have been known to be the hazardous byproducts of industrialization. During the early stages of the industrial revolution, both Europe and America experienced episodes of severe health and environmental issues. Ever since then, there have been many legal actions taken to significantly reduce the amount of air pollutant each country produces. However, some countries such as China and India do not adhere to the same standards and have thus seen a drastic increase in the levels of air pollution due to their rapid growth and industrialization. If the amount of toxic fumes each country produces is not slowed, severe long term affects such as human
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This resulted in the Chinese government becoming more lax when it came to factory pollutant disposal. Most factories are given minor fines if they violate the pollution limit, but most of these factories actually find it to be cheaper to simply pollute and pay the fine, rather than finding a costly solution that could alter their production. Over ninety percent of the products made by these factories in china are shipped across the oceans for trade. This contributes to China’s pollution epidemic because it creates an even greater reliance on cheap dirty fuel used to transport goods all over the world and until a new clean fuel source is invented and standardized, the reliance on dirty fuel will continue to grow …show more content…
The policy essentially made it so that China was to be open to trade with all countries around the world. After the Open Door Policy was established, China’s government allowed for many foreign and national companies to create many coal factories to fuel the industrial sector of eastern China. The areas where the coal plants were built soon developed into major energy centers that violently polluted the air and water sources of the surrounding areas due to lack of government regulation. This is because the Chinese government was more concerned with growing the economy by meeting the needs of other countries rather than their own. However, China cannot simply stop polluting by halting manufacturing and coal mining because that would capsize the global economy. In order for the economy to grow, China must continue to industrialize, but if China wants to lower the pollution levels of the air and water, they must look to a new clean source of energy

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