If you woke up tomorrow and suddenly discovered that your local river hadturned blood redand that a awful, caustic smell had permeated your air, you would be pretty alarmed, right?
For residents of Wenzhou, China, and millions like them in China’s rapidly industrializing and growing cities and towns, it’s just par for the course.
Officials in Wenzhou are still trying to find the cause of the water and air pollution, but Yixiu Wu, who tracks water pollution issues for Greenpeace, told Voice of America, “I think the water pollution problem, it’s no longer a remote problem, only in the countryside,” he said. “It’s affecting everyone. Even people in the cities.”
A child swims in a polluted reservoir in Pingba, southwest China's Guizhou province September 2, 2006.
A child drinks water near a stream in Fuyuan county, Yunnan province March 20, 2009.
A worker cleans away dead fish at a lake in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province July 11, 2007.
A boy swims in the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province July 15, 2011.
A man walks by a pipe discharging waste water into the Yangtze River from a paper mill in Anqing, Anhui province, December 4, 2013.
Fishermen clean up oil at an oil spill site near Dalian Port, Liaoning province July 27, 2010.
A fisherman wades in Chaohu Lake, covered in blue-green algae, in Chaohu city, Anhui province, July 19, 2013.
A labourer cleans up oil at the oil spill site near Dalian port, Liaoning province July 23, 2010.
Dead pigs float in a branch of Huangpu River in Pinghu, Zhejiang province, March 11, 2013.
A child is reflected in a drainage ditch as he jumps over trash at a village which will soon be demolished, on the outskirts of Jiaxing city, Zhejiang province, January 12, 2013.
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