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These Disturbing Photos Prove That Pollution Is Out Of Control In China

JANUARY 30, 2015  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

Mike is ViralNova's resident Editor of the Weird. If it makes you say "OMG! That's terrible!!!" then Mike probably wrote it. Despite the subject of his articles Mike is surprisingly well adjusted. When he's not writing, he's making music, performing, and producing podcasts.

Over the last 30 years, China's economy has been growing at a breakneck pace. While this rapid growth has benefited the population, the environmental impact of that growth is also unreal. China is currently the world's biggest polluter and largest producer of carbon emissions.

It's a fact that can be seen, felt, and even tasted.

Garbage clogged waterway.

Millions of dead fish.

I'm not sure that water is safe to drink.

Dumping garbage straight into the river.

Surrounded in pollution.

Running through the garbage.

Sitting among piles of industrial garbage.

So sad.

More dead fish.

You can barely see the sun through the haze in this picture.

I'm not sure I even want to know what happened here.

How did it get this bad?

Straight from the factory to the oceans.

Intense smog.

Devestating the countryside.

Not a pleasant sight to have outside your home.

What are they doing here?

So tragic.

More industrial waste dumping.

Careful not to breath the air.

This looks like the apocolypse.

That's no wild fire, it's just smog.

This might be beautiful if it wasn't so toxic.

(via Reddit)

I dread to think what these parts of China will look like in another 30 years if something isn't done to clean up this damage.