Skip to comments.Scary Statistic: 70% of China's Waterways are Polluted !
Posted on 11/23/2005 4:17:45 PM PST by genefromjersey
An official Chinese report confirms the Communist nation has managed to foul 70% of its waterways with its "work now-clean up later" policy ; and that this pollution endangers the national food supply.
We in the West are inclined to shrug; but consider this: a well-armed,highly militaristic nation, that has been expanding its operations into OUR sphere of influence is potentially a danger to us.
Factor in the possibility of large-scale famine in China, and potential danger escalates to a startling degree !
GreenPeace will be there tomorrow.
where do three billion people pee?
Brilliant response. Greenpeace could care less...
Communism at work.
I'm charging you with font pollution...
In Pee-king, perhaps?
If they polute anything else, the Taiwanese can just come over and repopulate China.
Isn't China the reason we don't join the Kyoto protocol? Actually I would prefer to say "Proof of why we don't join the Kyoto protocol."
Isn't china considered one of those developing sorts of nations that doesn't have to take care of itself? and if we join the kyoto, when the time comes to clean things up, it will be on everyone ELSE to clean up china's indifferent to all things but the sustainment of centralized power?
Well they don't call it the Yellow River for nothing.
ok round eye, you get fortune cookie.
They are already here. They own large farms in southern California. They send the produce of the farms to China.
Most places in Asia commonly fertilize fields with human waste.. including China.. not only are waterways polluted by so is the land..
You fail in the required reading category.
You have never read........
"The Yellow River".....by...I.P.Freely?
Try the air!!
yes i did read it, along with sh#t in the fields, by I Flung Poo, a chinese classic.
[SARCASM]It's Karl Rove's fault... he poisoned the waterways of china! I bet he did it to make Bush look good and such.... make the U.S. look cleaner.[/end sarcasm]
FYI: There is NO threat of famine in China. Period. Ever.
From a cultural perspective, if invited to dinner, there is always more food prepared than can be eaten and you must leave food on your plate after a meal. Otherwise you will signal to your Chinese host that you did not get enough and will be propted to eat more.
The whole infrastructure of China is set up around providing jobs and ensuring the food supply. This keeps the nationalism strong.
Plus this crew eats everything. Take chicken's feet for instance, mmm. Sometimes it is best not to ask. I did this after a particularly tasty but unfamiliar bit of food. What was it? duck tongue. It wasn't as appealing afterwards.
"Plus this crew eats everything. Take chicken's feet for instance, mmm."
Actually chickens feet used to be commonly eaten in this country as well.
1.3 billion, but who's counting.
Does anyone notice that the worst pollution problems in the 20th Century all occurred in Communist countries? Look at the many industrial waste sites in the former Soviet Union--they make the infamous Love Canal fiasco seem like an extremely minor incident in comparison.
What is the USA percentage?
And the other 30% are drying up. Outlaw regimes like Red China are the hardest on the environment of any states on earth, and always will be. China has several Achille's heels, and this is one of them
Odd----I was brought up believing that 'I. P. Daily" was that actual author.
That's so strange.....I always grew up believing that the name of the book was "That smells bad", by 'Hoo flung Poo'.
The Kyoto treaty would solve this.... oops! Maybe not.
oops, sorry, sooo where do 1.3 billion....|-)
More U.S. Waterways Polluted by Mercury, New EPA Data Reveals
Problem Underscores EPA's Failure to Control Toxic Pollution, Says NRDC
WASHINGTON (August 24, 2004) -- More of America's waterways are polluted by mercury, leaving locally caught fish unsafe to eat, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's newly released summary of state fish consumption advisories (data available here). The advisories, issued by state health and environmental officials in 48 states, warn people to avoid eating fish contaminated by mercury, PCBs, dioxin and other industrial pollutants. Mercury, a poison that interferes with the brain and nervous system, is the pollutant of concern for most state fish advisories, with 45 states issuing mercury advisories in 2003. Eating mercury-laden fish can cause serious health problems, especially for children and pregnant women.
According to EPA's summary of 2003 data, three states -- Montana, Washington and Wisconsin -- now have statewide consumption advisories for mercury, raising the total to 21 states with statewide advisories for mercury contamination in every freshwater lake and/or river. Twelve states have statewide advisories for mercury contamination covering all their coastal water. In addition, the number of river miles with mercury contamination warnings nationwide has jumped 60 percent since 2002; likewise the number of mercury-contaminated lake acres has increased 8 percent.
I swear, it was not 2 weeks ago that I mentioned that to my 11 yr old boy.
He giggled for 2 days.
you might do well to read up on a little history, say of the "Great Leap Forward" in the 1950's. Apparently, by your thinking, eating out was unthinkable back then, scarcely fifty years ago, because Chinese were eating grass and twigs, and the occasional afterbirth, to stay alive thanks to the policies of the Great Helmsman.
that was co-written by Sum Dung
Our Russian roommates father worked in some kind of chemical plant in the former Soviet Union. He made the mistake of asking why the vegetation all died and there was no wildlife around the plant. He was demoted and forced to work with little protection in even worse conditions. He died when he was in his 40s and they never did know what kind of chemicals he came into contact with.
I.P. Freely was the author.
Who wrote, "Under the Bleachers" ?
This is a test.
It was the same way in Turkey when my ship made liberty calls there during Desert Storm. The rule was, "if it didn't come out of a bottle or can, don't drink it!" A few guys drank the water anyway, and wound up in sickbay with dysentery - nasty, nasty stuff.
As I recall that was authored by Seymore Butts!!!
Send Bobby Kennedy, Jr. He can fix it. And, after all, they sent us the bird flu, we can at least send them the bir brain.
I worked in the Yunnan Province of China for 6 months in 1976 - 1977. Our guest house was located right on the Yangtze River. The heads on the boats plying the river were just holes in the ship's fantail and dumped straight into the river. The villages along the river drew their drinking and irrigation water from the river and there were no sanitary works to clean the water. The only purification was to boil the water. Houses in the nearby village had no running water, no electricity, no sewer, no glass for the window and dirt floors in the single room. To answer nature's call, you walked to the honey pots situated among the houses and stuck your bare bum over the edge. It was like a trip back in time about 2,000 years.
Don't forget the other chinese classic: Blood on the High Hurdle by Won Hung Lo.
>where do three billion people pee?<
Into the wind, it seems.
And "poof" goes the myth of the Socialist Workers' Paradise.
We will soon see in China why I don't worry more about the environment. Without clean fresh water to drink and enough healthy food, humans don't survive long. And once the human population drops, their impact on the environment is reduced.
Amazing that the Romans knew the importance of safe water supplies (messing with an aqueduct carried the death penalty) and sanitation. In some parts of the world, we're still 3000 years behind the times.
Check these google links to Chinese famines.