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Name Course Professor Date China’s Environmental Challenges in 2013. China’s government has traditionally seemed to value development of the economy at any cost including wholesale eco-destruction and health of its citizens. This has resulted to less action on the conservation and protection on the environment. The huge environmental challenges in China are significant not only to the well-being and health of China but to the future of the planet (Book Review 1). The annual update on the environment of the country released in 2013 described the environmental situation in china as grim. The country is experiencing a marked deterioration in the quality of land, water and air (Duggan 1). In 2013, the types of pollution that have attracted much attention are water and air pollution. A report by the 2012 Environmental conditions found 57.3% of the groundwater in 198 cities to be bad or extremely bad in the year 2012, while more than 30% of major rivers in the country were polluted or seriously polluted. The air quality has reached has reached what is thought to be record levels this year. The Greenpeace East-Asia Climate and Energy Campaigner, Zhou Rong, specified the month of January this year as being particularly bad thus getting much attention (Duggan 1). Water pollution In January 2013, there was a chemical accident involving leaked Benzene into a tributary of Huanpu River. Benzene is a cancer-causing agent and this accident lead to death in pigs, hospitalization of the residents in the area and lack of safe drinking water which resulted in the over reliance on the fire trucks for delivery of safe drinking water. The economist reports that more than half of the water surface in China is so polluted to an extent that it cannot be treated for drinking and one-quarter of the water cannot even be used for industrial purposes as it is so dangerous. The

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