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  • China's Serious Environment Problem

    The economic progress made in China comes at the expense of the pollution of environment. The industry economy grows quickly; but pollution becomes more serious. Unfortunately, the great majority of people here are insensitive to the pollution.

    China is imitating the West's high pattern of consumerism. Chinese people hope to own private car, motorcycle, and big house. consuming large power source as western nations. The Chinese government is making effort to realize this aim. China is producing a large amount of cars and motorcycles, cement steel and brick, exploiting many coal mines, ore mines and oil field, And building large multi-story buildings and highway, enlarging blindly more and more land area of cities and towns. Large area of lands are damaged by the exploitation of natural resources.(Two hundred thousand square kilometers of farmland are damaged by building industry and Mining industry forever.)

    Car and motorcycle are increasing greatly. The population in China is multitudinous "1500000000", which is five times of the population of the US. China is short of cultivated land. In spite of this case,the Chinese government is developing the private car industry greatly. The construction of new highway will take up large areas of land. Traffic accidents increase greatly. In 2003 200,000 people died in traffic accidents in China.

    Building development is in confusion. Building technique is primitive and large amounts of materials are consumed., China poured 50% of the world's cement and steel, Building a house will consume more cement steel and brick in China than the western nations. But these houses make little use of insulation letting heat flow out in the winter and letting the heat in during the hot summer months. House repairs are more difficult, too. Chinese concern beauty of own house very much, but chinese don't concern about environment round the house. They spend large money on their own house,but they are stingy in spending money on the environment around their house.

    Garbage removal is primitive. Chinese don't know the classification of garbage. Waste plastic bags are visible everywhere. The Chinese people like to use plastic bags and batteries just once and then throw them away. Governments pay great attention to beauty of city., spending much money on the apperance of city. But they pay little attention to garbage classification. Large amounts of garbage are made by large consumption.

    River is polluted by chemical fertilizer,pesticide,herbicides,chemical synthetic detergent(washing powders),industry waste water,human excrement and urine,garbage. Waste water, excrement and urine flow directly into river without any treatment. Most of rivers in china are unsuitable for drinking. Many chinese people are harmed by drinking water in polluted river.

    Education in protecting environment is blank. People are lack of understanding and concept of protecting the environment. Chinese people are poor, but they are not frugal. Chinese are concerned about the beauty of house but don't concerned about the beauty of the environment. Chinese are concerned about their own health but don't care about environmental health. They like to inject and swallow more medicines,eat more wild animals, but they don't realize that the polluted food, water and air are threatening their health greatly.

    The population in China is multitudinous, 1.4 billion people, over five times the population of the US. China is short of cultivated land.The actual situation demands that China doesn't imitate the west's high consumption. China should develop electronic information consumption,develop economizing energy industries. If not, the Chinese would ruin their own environment,in further more, affect the global environment.

    The Chinese don't realize that pollution is their most dangerous enemy..
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    more than two hundred thousand square kilometers of farmland are damaged by Cement Concrete building industry in china nearly two decades.

    On the one hand, a lot of vacant land and a large number of vacant houses in china, on the other hand, a large number of agricultural land are still continually being occupy and destruction,

    china is building large number of vacant houses,and large number of Ghost Town,chinese is mad,they pay less attention to precious earth and land

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    • #3
      I get the feeling that China's environmental issues mirror that of the USA of the 1950's to 1970's. There was a tremendous boom post WW2... population soared, GI's found work in semi-skilled jobs at factories, and the suburbs were born. The environment took a back seat to all of this. Industrial waste was dumped directly into waterways or simply poured into the ground, where it seeped into ground water. Littering was common. I remember as a boy watching people simply dump trash out of their car windows while driving, and the roadsides were flush with litter.

      Waterways and lakes became terribly polluted. At its worst, a river actually caught on fire.

      In the 1970's, there was a strong press to clean things up. A series of famous advertisements were run that showed a Native American surveying the countryside, with a lone tear falling down his cheek. Here it is, a real blast from the past that many Americans will recognize.



      The good news - it has basically worked. The Great Lakes are now clean and teem with life. Anyone who litters in public is shamed, and most importantly, industrial emissions are heavily monitored.

      If pollution is greatly reduced, nature can and does rebound. But the people, society, have to want it, and have to adjust their behaviors.

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      • #4
        Hippies, man. Smoke more dope. Get closer to the land. Connect with your soul. Trade in your electric guitar and go acoustic. Unbind the chains of your commie-capitalist feudal masters. Tear down the Three Gorges dam and let free the Yangtze.

        Or buy a Prius.
        "This aggression will not stand, man!" Jeff Lebowski
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chogy View Post
          I get the feeling that China's environmental issues mirror that of the USA of the 1950's to 1970's. There was a tremendous boom post WW2... population soared, GI's found work in semi-skilled jobs at factories, and the suburbs were born. The environment took a back seat to all of this. Industrial waste was dumped directly into waterways or simply poured into the ground, where it seeped into ground water. Littering was common. I remember as a boy watching people simply dump trash out of their car windows while driving, and the roadsides were flush with litter.

          Waterways and lakes became terribly polluted. At its worst, a river actually caught on fire.

          In the 1970's, there was a strong press to clean things up. A series of famous advertisements were run that showed a Native American surveying the countryside, with a lone tear falling down his cheek. Here it is, a real blast from the past that many Americans will recognize.

          The good news - it has basically worked. The Great Lakes are now clean and teem with life. Anyone who litters in public is shamed, and most importantly, industrial emissions are heavily monitored.

          If pollution is greatly reduced, nature can and does rebound. But the people, society, have to want it, and have to adjust their behaviors.
          There is something to your analogy, but I would probably go for an unholy mixture of 'Gilded Age' America & the USSR. In terms of environmantal awareness the Gilded Age saw the start of the 'National Parks' movement that saved so much of America's most beautiful landscapes for posterity. It simply took several generations for that to percolate down into a broader understanding of the impact of humans on the local environment.

          Pollution is simply one manifestation of that broader 'development at all costs' mentality that dominated the American scene until the 20s & 30s. There are plenty of equivalents to the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in modern China (as there were in late C19th & early C20th America), though more in mining than clothing. Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaI'm guessing that something like that in 50s-70s America was a lot less common. It had been made unacceptable a generation earlier. Similarly labour rights in modern China look a lot more like C19th America. These are all part of a continuum - all are indicators of the ability of companies to do as they please.

          The USSR bit is obviously the lack of representitive government. Some of the things done to the environment in the former USSR were unspeakable (destruction of the Aral Sea anybody?). China now is better than the USSR in terms of the ability of people to influence government, but are still well behind even Gilded Age America - which wasn't exactly the springtime for democracy of you were working class. It is good to see things changing in China, but I fear that future generations of Chinese will face a situatio nmore like that in modern Russia than 80 America.
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          • #6
            Last time I checked Beijing's water table had dropped 30m. If that's true, everything else takes second place. It may be the first time we see wholesale anthropogenic-caused land death.
            In the realm of spirit, seek clarity; in the material world, seek utility.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Parihaka View Post
              Last time I checked Beijing's water table had dropped 30m. If that's true, everything else takes second place. It may be the first time we see wholesale anthropogenic-caused land death.
              First time Pari? Not even close. American dustbowl & salinity in Australia leap to mind (vast areas involved in both), but I'm guessing a bit more research would turn up more.

              You are correct, however, that it is a serious problem that will push everything else into the background.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bigfella View Post
                First time Pari? Not even close. American dustbowl & salinity in Australia leap to mind (vast areas involved in both), but I'm guessing a bit more research would turn up more.

                You are correct, however, that it is a serious problem that will push everything else into the background.
                The dust bowl was and the salinity can be corrected relatively easily, the Beijing region can not without massive depopulation.
                In the realm of spirit, seek clarity; in the material world, seek utility.

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                • #9
                  huge garbage landfill is filled for only three years in huahuan.henan.china

                  Uncontrolled Willful wanton production and Willful wanton consumption is the malignant tumor of the earth,large waste in huangchuan-henan-china.

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                  • #10
                    Willful wanton production and consumption is the malignant tumor of the earth

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                    • #11
                      Lanfills... you MUST put the trash somewhere. Can't have a society without them.

                      How they are run, sequestration of hazardous materials, and how they are "finished off" when full, are hugely important. We have former landfills that are now wildlife refuges, and you cannot tell that there are megatons of trash beneath your feet.

                      There is a notion, a feeling, that we are running out of space for trash. This is silly. There are plenty of areas where an enormous pit could hold all the trash a city generates, for generations. The problem is getting the trash to the landfill. It can be expensive.

                      It's hard to describe how empty the world is. We feel very pressed in, because we live in communities. I fly for a living, and looking down, what I see is mostly empty space, empty land. Or ranch land that comprises tens of thousands of acres, with a single house on it.

                      We play a game coasting in to Northern Canada after crossing the North Atlantic. The first person to see anything man-made wins. A road. A house. A logging camp. It can take hours to find evidence of human life. The same thing in areas of the U.S., South America, etc. I know China is more crowded, but there is space. Just have to get the trash there, and make sure it's not going to leach toxins.

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                      • #12
                        It actually looks like quite a good landfill doesn't it. Well bordered, screens up, we'll compacted, polyurethane sheeting, tubes/wells for venting, seems to have it all.
                        In the realm of spirit, seek clarity; in the material world, seek utility.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Chogy View Post
                          Lanfills... you MUST put the trash somewhere. Can't have a society without them.

                          How they are run, sequestration of hazardous materials, and how they are "finished off" when full, are hugely important. We have former landfills that are now wildlife refuges, and you cannot tell that there are megatons of trash beneath your feet.

                          There is a notion, a feeling, that we are running out of space for trash. This is silly. There are plenty of areas where an enormous pit could hold all the trash a city generates, for generations. The problem is getting the trash to the landfill. It can be expensive.

                          It's hard to describe how empty the world is. We feel very pressed in, because we live in communities. I fly for a living, and looking down, what I see is mostly empty space, empty land. Or ranch land that comprises tens of thousands of acres, with a single house on it.

                          We play a game coasting in to Northern Canada after crossing the North Atlantic. The first person to see anything man-made wins. A road. A house. A logging camp. It can take hours to find evidence of human life. The same thing in areas of the U.S., South America, etc. I know China is more crowded, but there is space. Just have to get the trash there, and make sure it's not going to leach toxins.
                          I know what you mean, Chogy; I obviously don't fly NEARLY as much as you do, but I do remember coming in from Heathrow over northeastern Canada and seeing a whole lot of NOTHING. Water & tundra as far as the eye can see; it may be inhospitable, but there are thousands, maybe millions, of square miles of uninhabited land up there.
                          "There is never enough time to do or say all the things that we would wish. The thing is to try to do as much as you can in the time that you have. Remember Scrooge, time is short, and suddenly, you're not there any more." -Ghost of Christmas Present, Scrooge

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                          • #14
                            And no roads and nothing to support people up there. Putting a landfill up there is going to be expensive as hell.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
                              And no roads and nothing to support people up there. Putting a landfill up there is going to be expensive as hell.
                              Yes, sir, Chogy did mention that:
                              Originally posted by Chogy View Post
                              There is a notion, a feeling, that we are running out of space for trash. This is silly. There are plenty of areas where an enormous pit could hold all the trash a city generates, for generations. The problem is getting the trash to the landfill. It can be expensive.
                              "There is never enough time to do or say all the things that we would wish. The thing is to try to do as much as you can in the time that you have. Remember Scrooge, time is short, and suddenly, you're not there any more." -Ghost of Christmas Present, Scrooge

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