Shocking Images Of China's Dire Pollution Problem

Tyler Durden's picture

China has some stunningly beautiful natural landscapes, but, as explains, they may not count for much when, in other parts of the country, pollution runs totally unchecked. China is very close in size to the USA.  Yet, as The Burning Platform notes, their population is the size of the entire Western Hemisphere, plus Japan, Germany, and France. The land can not support this mass of humanity without very dire consequences, and these shocking photos show what severe pollution people have to deal with in some parts of China...



Boy Swims In Algae-Filled Water, Qingdao, Shandong


Journalist takes a sample of red polluted water in the Jianhe River in Luoyang


Heavily Polluted River


Pollution from a factory in Yutian, 100km east of Beijing


Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province


Fishermen clean up oil at an oil spill site near Dalian Port, Liaoning province


Smog In Beijing


Fisherman Covered In Algae, Chaohu Lake


Heavily Polluted River


Smog In Beijing


Child Swims In A Polluted Reservoir, Pingba


Worker cleans away dead fish at a lake in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province



Workers clean up floating garbage on the Yangtze Rive


Heavily Polluted River In Jiaxing, Zhejiang


child is reflected in a drainage ditch as he jumps over trash at a village which will soon be demolished


Buildings In Beijing Surrounded By Smog

Factory Polluting The Air


Fisherman fills his cupped palms with water from the algae-filled Chaohu Lake


Fishermen Collecting Fish In A Polluted Canal, Beijing


A woman collects plastic bottles near a river where water is polluted with a reddish dye in Dongxiang


Workers collect dead fish at a park in Shenzhen, Guangdong province,


Child drinks water near a stream in Fuyuan county, Yunnan province


Flies Gather On Railings Because Of Polluted Water, East Lake, Wuhan

Girl collects water from a puddle at a dried-up reservoir as her father stands beside her in Baofeng county


Boy tries to avoid scattered rubbish floating on a flooded street in Shantou, Guangdong province

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Source: and The Burning Platform blog

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ThroxxOfVron's picture

IF the environmental laws of the United States are just and reasoned how is it just and reasoned to purchase and import goods manufactured anywhere where these laws do not apply?

Publicus's picture

That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.

LetThemEatRand's picture

At least the Chinese can rest easy knowing that they took ur jebs.
Needless-to-say, this is what happens when oligarchs run the show.  Cheap labor, no environmental laws, higher profit.  They could give a flying fuck if it kills us or the Chinese, so long as they keep generating profit from the exploitation.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



On a long enough timeline...

...Mother Nature will win.

You'll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Tower.


-Tyler Durden

maskone909's picture

No offense but there is a chinese supermarket chain in my neighborhood(one of many to hit the market) that was shut down by the epa after residents complained about the subpar sanitation standards. I thought they were just picky until i ventured to the back of the store, outside, and dayumm! Reeked like fermented fish assholes.

ebworthen's picture

I'm glad the pictures posted here didn't come with smell-a-vision.

We exported production, career employment, and pollution!

0b1knob's picture

All those algae blooms are caused by over use of fertilizer.   And the algae blooms are sucking megatons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

We must do something to replace the CO2!  

Four chan's picture

the chinese are like disgusting beverly hillbillies,

newly rich, and not a lick of sense, or taste. zero class.

Bokkenrijder's picture

"...but but but, the Chinese are soooo smart? Why do they do this, because according to all the village idiots posting here they have the Big Picture, think ahead and they buy gold!"

Where is Jim Rogers? Where is Marc Faber? Where are all the China bulls?

I've told you before and I will keep on telling you: the ONLY thing the Chinese know how to do is copy EVERYTHING (including our fiat currency system, real estate bubbles and polution) that we in the western world do. The Chinese can't organize a piss up in a brewery, wake up ZeroHedge!

old naughty's picture

and they are unlikely to have some one shouting: ""we are going to destroy the X ligarchy system," .

So, Jim, Marc, and the bulls...!

de3de8's picture

Been sayin that for years

Bay Area Guy's picture

Bokkenrijder, don't know about Faber, but Jim Rogers is in Singapore.  Singapore is in NO way like China and, in fact, native Singaporeans complain bitterly about "PRC's", as they call the mainland Chinese.

Titus's picture

They are already thinking about moving north into Russia. They will consume every resource until there's nothing left.

post turtle saver's picture

look, this is ZH... it's not so much that China wins, but the USA has to lose... and they don't care who makes it happen as long as it happens... because USA bad hurr durr...

I'm in full agreement that the USA isn't perfect, far from it... I will note that I can walk outside without a mask, swim in a river or natural spring w/o worrying if I'll die from cancer two years later, my food is for all intents and purposes clean and sanitary, municipal water and sewer is chugging along nicely doing its job, trash gets picked up, things that can be recycled are recycled, etc so on and so forth...

China is setting itself on fire just to stay warm by chasing their insane growth targets at all costs... for a country and philosphy that prides itself on the power of central planning, they sure as hell have fucked everything up...

this is why when I see "Made in China" on something, I think very hard before buying it... I may have to spend more elsewhere but the cost of not doing that is reflected here in no uncertain terms...

I see the word "unsustainable" thrown about when the USA is discussed... if ever that word applied, it does to China

cossack55's picture

Don't worry about it. Only 70% of our oxygen is derived from bodies of water.  Will be tough running marathons with scuba tanks on your back, but hey.

NuckingFuts's picture

probably the FDA not the EPA... big difference, same bullshit.  I have owened a grocery and that is the domain of the FDA.. Food and Drug Admin... Or your local or state health department.

J Pancreas's picture

How many times are you going to edit your post?!

maskone909's picture

Swhat the edit buttons for dawg

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

I love how we are constantly told that in a real libertarian/anarchist/free market society, that without the wise guiding hand of govt, the capitalists will just pollute with reckless abandon and poison the whole place for generations. Well, here you go, 'progressives', here is what happens in the socialist utopia you all yearn for. If you want to see another socialist utopia and how they take care of the environment, see : USSR. FOARWARD !!

ThroxxOfVron's picture

Pleeeease, Carl: You KNOW that China is an Oligarchy in a cheap red dress.  

How many 'princelings' have been buying up RE in Cali, Hawaii, NYC, Vancouver, etc. with CASH???

It is a vast merchantilist labor camp with a core of 'party' hierarchy wealth aggregators that live like feudal aristocrats in comparison to the peasant underclass..

DFCtomm's picture

It's convenient that no Marxist government is ever, really Marxist if it somehow discredits Marxism. Has the thought ever occured to you that collapse into an oligarcy is the natural progression of Marxism, and thus the USSR, NK, and PRC are all shining examples of Marxism.

aka_ces's picture

outsourced jobs, outsourced pollution.  

I recall as a child in the late 60s/early 70s watching public service ads on US television networks, with disturbing images of pollutants dumping into rivers, and I recall stories about Lake Eerie on fire.  That unusual degree of awareness in the mass media seems to have gone away, but the pollution hasn't.  It just takes a different path, and comes back later, further transformed.

divingengineer's picture

+100, they don't give a shit, they eat organic, drive Tesla, live in Aspen, drink Pelegrino, and have armed guards at the gate. 

those motherfuckers are never going to care about us or what we need. Its up to us to do for ourselves.

Lanka's picture

They are on the path to Elysium!

ZDRuX's picture

My backyard requires no laws and it looks pristine. The problem is not a lack of laws, the problem is a lack of private property and too much regulation is favor of government control over said land. No person who owns that land would ever allow such a thing.

ForTheWorld's picture

No, it's a lack of respect FOR the land. I dont need a law to tell me I shouldn't shit where I eat.

Ghordius's picture

"No person who owns that land would ever allow such a thing. "     no natural person... if not psychopathic

but we live in a world where we allow un-natural persons to have the same rights as natural persons, including land ownership and land husbandry

and we allow those un-natural persons to grow up to the size of megacorps, and we give them an ethos that is focused on profits only. that's... institutionalized psychopathy

regulation is what megacorps should have because they aren't natural persons. but in practice lobbyists take most regulations and make sure with them that they damage Small and Medium Biz more

or, in this case, they shift dirty production to where there is no regulation yet

so no, it's not lack of private property. it's lack of understanding for what corporations are, versus natural persons. and the lack of understanding of what regulations should be

BigJim's picture

Over time it's dawned on me that the oft-touted 'libertarian' solution - just let someone own the oceans/air/rivers, and they won't allow them to be polluted' - overlooks the fact that it may be more profitable for that person/institution to charge others to pollute it, than to keep it clean. Meanwhile, the locals are poisoned. And you can guarantee the locals themselves aren't getting a cut of the fees.

gwiss's picture

That's what class action lawsuits are for, dude.  Provided the legal apparatus isn't tilted against a successful outcome either through legislation or bought judges, which it is.  See how interlocking pieces are designed to maintain the status quo?  You can't have a mixed system.  You either have almost all local control or almost all central control, but you can't have an even mix of both, because an even mix of both is unstable.

PiratePiggy's picture

There is one Jeb that I hope they do take... his father had been the US ambassador to the Chinese.

ThroxxOfVron's picture

"That which does not kill us, makes us stronger. "

I'm blessed to be a rather healthy person.

Yet, I would conjecture that persons suffering from such as arthritis, herpes, hemorrhoids, encroaching blindness, tinnitius, and a whole host of other ailmensts and discomforts and debilitations and pains would differ with you...

MeBizarro's picture

Of all the cliches out there, that might be the single worst one.  

MeBizarro's picture

Of all the cliches out there, that might be the single worst one.  

ThroxxOfVron's picture

You are welcome to your downvote.

Enjoy your osteoporosis -it will only make you stronger!

divingengineer's picture

if those fucking slime-dogs would have invested in the S&P 500 in 2007 they wouldn't be suffering right now, fuck them in their filthy impoverished assholes.

Leraconteur's picture

Wow, I am stunned that so many here see through this Nietzscheism.

Very true, it only makes you stronger if it's a psychological issue and mental/life challenge that is not permanent and does not damage your body and its ability to be 100% healthy. One good MI and your notion changes that something that does not kill you can easily ruin your health for decades to come with no reprieve.

zvzzt's picture

There is a variation which my brain surgeon neighbour often mentions: "that what doesn't make you stronger, makes you weaker". Sounds better in Dutch though: Baat het niet, dan schaadt het wel". 

buzzy_the_pirate_dog's picture

Because it is only 1.47 at WalMart.  And that shit is really far away.  So all cool, right?   /sarc

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

The other people problem. They are in some far away place, working for very little with a government and industry that doesn't give a shit because those are the other people. The hipster drinking over-priced coffee and bragging about his new iDoohickey doesn't worry or care about the other people. The elites who claim they care but only see the other people in carefully staged photo ops. The other people have always been with us and likely always will be and we can talk, bitch and blame somebody else for what we've done to the other people.

Lore's picture

Yes - Note how often those who preach loudest about "sustainability" tend to be some of the most hypocritical scum on Earth, like the human garbage clogging up the airspace at Davos to market bigger government and a TAX "to save the planet."  A fucking joke, and the sheeple eat it up, data and logic and reason and previous cons be damned.

stacking12321's picture

i don't know what imaginary scenario you're ranting on about - your comment wasn't even a reply to the comment above you in the thread - you went off on some random tangent.

however, the fact remains that sustainability in its true sense is a good thing, and those who practice it will be prepared for the coming collapse, with simple things like:

  • growing your own food as much as possible
  • installing solar and wind power to generate your own power as much as possible
  • living close to where you work
  • etc, etc

true sustainability is not a ploy, it's simple common sense, you should try getting some.

and contrary to your straw-man comments, i don't favor any sort of tax, and never will; all government should be ended.

onthesquare's picture


That sounds good but you, like many others, remove yourself from who those people are in the pictures.  Where do they start so they too can have what you are prescribing.  Most of us have little empathy.  To just be near those polluted waters of China; never mind touching it or FFS drinking????? that shit will not make you stonger. 

As Supertramp put it in 'Quite Right' they solve their problems citing cliches.

Remember the shit we buy from Walmart/China is not good for you and probably contains toxic waste we sent to China to get rid of.

stacking12321's picture

i can't live other peoples' lives for them or try to fix problems on the other side of the planet. maybe, start where you are?

live simply, so that others may simply live?

how's that for cliches?

and i don't shop at walmart or do much shopping at all.

Refuse-Resist's picture

I know liberals who don't do any of that. Yet they preach it. Then they talk about how 2400 sq ft house is too small and snicker with contempt at my (willfully and intententionally purchased/downsized) 1200 Sq ft house.

I have chickens, grow a garden, and have a small 'eco footprint' as it were.  And I'm as non-liberal (in the modern sense) as a person can be.


But the libtards think it's agreat idea to use government to force OTHER people to live the way they think is right despite the fact that they themselves only pay lip service to such things. They follow the example of their icon, Al Gore.


Hypocrites every one.


Actions speak louder than words bitchez.

Lore's picture

@ Stacking - It's clear that I wasn't replying to you, so come off your horse. That said, I agree with you that there is such a thing as real respect for the environment, not to be equated or confused with the religion of the Carbon Nazis.

stacking12321's picture

you seemed to want to demonize the word sustainability, and those who use it.

true sustainability is a good thing.

and it's not a horse, it's a mule!

Lore's picture

I absolutely repudiate the hijacked movement c/o the fucking UN, but certainly not the concept itself. Rgds

Thirtyseven's picture

Correct.  Either do not allow their importation or place a HEAVY excise tax on those goods coming into port.  We might even be able to fund our federal government with just that tax, and only that tax.  You know, like in the early 1800's.