China faces an unprecedented water crisis; years of overuse, unchecked industrial pollution and urbanisation have pushed its rivers, lakes, wetlands and streams to breaking point, many have dried out or have turned vivid colours through chemical contamination killing aquatic life. Water resources are swallowed up by the enormous demands of agriculture and industrial uses such as cleaning coal. Wells now have to be dug ever deeper to tap supplies, putting more pressure on the water table.
The air in Chinese cities is in a similar sorry state, deadly smog which keep the elderly and infirm at home is increasingly common, even on “good” days the air is often thick with dust and pollutants, the result is a public health disaster with over 1 million deaths attributed to air pollution every year. These scenes are now being repeated across other fast industrialising emerging economies such as India and Indonesia. Read More…
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