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Firstly, 700,000 people are dying every year in China as a result of the extreme pollution, according to the World Bank. They can’t be compensated at some later date with a wind farm. Secondly, and even more crucially, the West “cleaned up” largely by exporting its pollution to poor countries like China. As Watts puts it: “This model relied on those at cleanup stage being able to sweep the accumulated dirt of development under a new and bigger rug. When this process reached China, it had already been expanding for two centuries. Now “the waste [is] getting too big and the rug too small.” Where is China going to export it to? For how long?

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/the-choking-of-china–and-the-world-2192372.html

A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.

The vast expanse of debris – in effect the world's largest rubbish dump – is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting "soup" stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.

Ralph Vince Comments:

Nonsense. It wasn't "The West" that swept our pollution to China. It was the multinational entities that TOOK it to China because we (specifically, the United States) passed (and enforced) regulations to clean up.

I'm old enough to remember the stench of sulfer in my fair city, and to remember my father pointing out that the orange-rust-colored ribbon 48 stories below was a river.

The rest of "The West" followed in part. Everywhere else was always a pig sty, even absent the heavy industry which would be fleeing The West. Latin America is a pig sty, as is the middle east and, Eastern Europe, and, with the exception of Japan and Singapore, so is Asia. The subcontinent isn't even worth mentioning.

The academic explanation that the collective "West" swept it under a bigger rug is a lie. The United States would have loved to have kept those manufacturing jobs but the decision was made to move it to where they could pollute with impunity by the polluting entities themselves. Later, trade treaties with these places would be opposed by voters in America, but like the misnomered "Health Care" bill of 2010, would be crammed down the voters throats.


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