- China did not sign the Kyoto Protocol. (USA didn’t either, mind you.)
- January 2013: Air pollution levels in the Chinese capital of Beijing have hit hazardous levels
- Water pollution: Countless rivers and lakes have also been contaminated by nearby factories, and sometimes, dumping by local residents.
- March 2013: This March, more than 2,000 dead pigs were found floating in a Shanghai river, a main water source for the city’s 23 million residents.
- Air pollution: 13 cities surveyed failed to meet national air standards last year
- According to the World Bank 16 of the world’s 20 cities with the worst air are in China.
- The air pollution and smog in Beijing and Shanghai are sometimes so bad that the airports are shut down because of poor visibility. The air quality of Beijing is 16 times worse than New York City.
- Why? – China burns more coal to produce electricity than the U.S., Europe and Japan combined. Air pollution and acid rain (from coal’s sulfur – which is oxidized to sulfur dioxide during combustion) are literally killing people.
- Great Wall of China: cannot be seen from space – but not because of air pollution J