Rare civic protest in China- Villagers fight against the construction of dams: One of a series of enormous dams being built in southern China will cause 60,000 people to relocate. The residents of a village due to be obliterated due to incoming hydropower plants were forced to relocate at short notice 6 months ago, long before their scheduled departure date. As a result, villagers are now protesting and creating public disorder.
In reviewing the major news stories about water and environmentalism in 2010, I ran across one of the most disturbing statistics about the water crisis I have ever read. Get ready…
HALF OF CHINA’S WATER IS TOO POLLUTED TO DRINK
AND ¼ OF IT IS ENTIRELY UNUSABLE, even for industry
Wrap your head around that for a second.
Actual water samples collected from Chinese urban rivers and lakes.
The most populous country on the planet, making up nearly 20% of the world’s population, has undergone an economic makeover of unprecedented proportions in just a few decades. But the environment has all too often been a victim of China’s aggressive development. Case in point- 50% of the water is undrinkable (source: MEP). Not only is there a dangerous shortage of water, what is left is polluted and sometimes deadly.
Most experts will point the blame toward heavy industry for the sorry state of China’s natural resources. The outpouring of pollution from chemical, pharmaceutical, and paper plants paired with pesticide and fertilizer runoff from farms creates a water crisis that cannot be ignored.
Without stronger government controls on industrial and agricultural pollution and without significant investment in a sustainable sewage system, countless millions will suffer from the effects of poor water quality.