Situation Alert! The Yangtze River turns red!
China isn’t exactly known for their strong environmentalism and the Yangtze River has been quite a sad story of industrial pollution and environmental abuse over the years. But a stretch of China’s longest river has abruptly turned the color of tomato juice, and no one knows why.
The bright-red water appears concentrated around Chongqing, Southwest China’s largest industrial center (hmmmmm, not a surprise). The red water has also been reported at several other points along the river, according to ABC News.
Investigators have yet to determine a cause, but the Telegraph reports that environmental officials are considering industrial pollution (ha! “considering industrial pollution”!) as possible sources for the color. I think the idea that this is a natural “red tide” of algae is pretty implausible but don’t think officials won’t try and spin it that way.
Perhaps what’s more disturbing is the river pours one trillion tons of water into the ocean every year. Last year Yangtze River protection authorities reassured the public that the 33.9 billion tons of industrial waste poured annually into the Yangtze River would not degrade the quality of the drinking water.
Really? I think I’d be a bit concerned.
I’ve always been perplexed at how the United States puts China on a pedestal for their economic development. Their explosive economic growth has come at a huge cost so why the US was so obsessed with being able to “compete” with China — as in lowering our environmental standards, was confounding to me. And this story epitomizes why “economic development” is not worth the high price we pay with our planet.
This looks like a pretty serious situation….
- The truth behind the billion dollar California Cap and Trade scheme
- Tanking Facebook IPO draws suspicion
- Mega Situation: The fate of the world now hangs on Fukushima’s reactor No. 4
- The GOP Primary: pervasive election fraud steals the nomination for banker puppet Mitt Romney
- 2012 Election: votes to be tallied in Spain!
- JP Morgan Chase derivatives: a 2 billion dollar crack in a 200 trillion dollar situation
- The Suri Situation: Super Secret Scientology Sea Org School