Earlier in the year there was major controversy surrounding the toxic smog and polluted underground water within 74 cities in China. This month saw the crackdown of 15 factories punished for violations resulting in air or water pollution by China’s environmental watchdog.
Excessive or illegal discharges of exhaust gas and waste water, as well as noise and dust pollution were identified as the root cause of the offenses, and although there was no evidence to suggest local factories disposed of polluted water underground, the remains that underground water in 57 percent of monitoring sites across China is polluted or extremely polluted. In addition, 298 million rural residents do not have access to safe drinking water.
The first steps towards tackling the environmental damaged caused by market expansion and pursue of profit over regards for nature is a good start, but so much more has to be done considering the fact China’s market economy shows no sign of slowing down, and neither does the rest of the world.