Current Issues in Monsoon Asia
By: Macie Flenar and Kelleigh Brooks
Pollution in China
Recently, China's economy has been increasing at one of the fastest rates in the world. With that, the enviorment is negatively affected. China's air pollution is widespread: smokestacks flow out black vapor from outdated factories, many people still use coal to heat their houses, and a sudden increase in car ownership has suffocated the nation's roads with exhaust fumes. Additionally, they continue to build about two new fossil-fuel power stations every week, which leads them to the status of being one of the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. Also, China's waterways have been polluted by industrial waste and sewage, which has increased the incidence of waterborne diseases throughout the country.