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Impacts of growth in China
China has 16 of the top 20 most air polluted cities in the world.
Air pollution was blamed for over 400,000 premature deaths in 2003
30% of china suffers from acid rain, caused by emissions from coal-fired power stations.
Chinas CO2 emissions for 2006 were estimated at more than 6.2billion tonnes. This was up
9% (in the same year USA produced 5.8billion tonnes, which was an increase of 1.4%)
70% of China's rivers and lakes are polluted. Water quality in 207 of the Yangtze River's
tributaries is not for spraying on farmland.
Beijing's tap water is unreliable, it is safe when it emerges from treatment plants but is often
contaminated by old, leaking pipes.
Rural population yet to see evidence of China's economic boom.
20% of China's population live on below US$1 per say.
Even those building the Olympic facilities received less than US$4 per day.
Olympic souvenirs and toys were often produced by child labour.
Housing in some of Beijing is very old, narrow streets were demolished to make way for
300,000 people were evicted to make way for the Olympic facilities.
Freedom of thought and communication is highly restricted. There are still huge numbers of
political prisoners, lack of freedom to access the internet as well as radio jamming.
Not everybody is a winner most people in China still live in abject poverty, whilst a small
percentage of the population continue to get richer and richer.
This means a worsening poverty gap and distribution of wealth in China, something that is
causing large concern with the international community.
According to a report by the World Bank published in 2009, 99% of the poor in China come
from rural areas
Although the poverty rate in china has decreased significantly from 85% in 1981 to 16%
(those in population living on < $1.25/day) in 2005, there is still a significant amount of
poverty in China.
Income disparities have increased in the same time period
Massive rural urban divide