Thursday, March 5, 2015

China's Pollution Issue


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 China being the most populated country equivalent to about 18.9 percent of the total world population has its effects. With the industrial bloom to support the expanding country, soil pollution has been an effect that causes many problems with agriculture and health problems, due to industrial waste. China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of agricultural products, such as rice cultivation. With this being said, health concerns is a major problem in china; however, soil pollution is also putting the nation’s food security at risk. This issue has been so bad that the government has recognized some villages as “cancer villages”. People who have been living near factories have been dying of different types of cancers. This is thought to be due to soil pollution and the contamination of metals, such as cadmium, lead, and other heavy metals that are dangerous to human health. This issue needs to be addressed at a higher severity, because our health as a nation is a serious risk. This issue cannot be fixed at an instance; however, small steps in government spending can help improve this issue in the right direction.  Soil remediation, which can be a long process and a high cost, can help purify and revitalize the land. There also needs to be an action plan to slowly close down those industries that cause the most pollutants and hopefully get businesses together to seek a more sustainable industry.
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By: Michael Nguyen

Sources:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304626304579507040557046288

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