Amazing Pictures, Pollution In China
Another friend said of it:
"We’ve just moved our polluting ways to another country. We let other countries manufacture products cheaply and buy them up.He makes a good point.
In the past we were just as bad. The Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught fire a number of times. It was known as the river that "oozes rather than flows" and in which a person "does not drown but decays." Do you think the US would consider sanctions against China to clean up? Not bloody likely."
The photos in this link are chilling. What further impressed me was how recent they were. Many are from just last year.
Here's a photo of our Cuyahoga River on fire, from the EPA's site. This photo was taken on November 3, 1952. When asked why there were no photos of the famous 1969 Cuyahoga fire, the EPA said:
"Rivers catching fire was not that rare an occurrence in the United States in the 20th century. (Chicago River, IL (1899), Passaic River, NY (1918), Buffalo River, NY (1968))."Sewage, industrial and agricultural waste, water and air pollution ... these are becoming an increasing problem as more people populate the planet, and as more nations become developed.
I'm reading "The Post-American World" by Fareed Zakaria. He discusses the explosive growth in developing countries such as India and China, ofttimes at the expense of the environment. Here's an excerpt:
"Demand for electricity is projected to rise over 4% a year for decades. And that electricity will come mostly from the dirtiest fuel available -- coal. Coal is cheap and plentiful, so the world relies on it to produce most of its electricity.As developing nations grow more powerful and globally influential, it becomes challenging to find agreement on global issues such as how to cope with Iran's nuclear ambitions and how to protect the environment. This was evident at the global warming talks in Copenhagen a few months ago, where Chinese officials resisted even meeting with Obama and Sectretary of State Clinton.
To understand the impact on global warming, consider this fact. Between 2006 and 2012, China and India will build 800 new coal-fired power plants -- with combined CO2 emissions five times the total savings of the Kyoto accords."
But agreement we will have to find because the world is no longer a collection of local, isolated societies. (e.g. The FDA's 2007 Food Protection Plan stated that 60% of our fresh fruits and vegetables were imported. Only 1% were inspected.)