23 Shocking Photos Reveal How Bad China’s Pollution Problem Has Become

1. There is a fake Hong Kong skyline for tourists, as the real skyline is covered in smog

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Photo Credit: Molly Smith

2. Two fisherman navigate their boat through the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui Province

Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province

Photo Credit: Jianan Yu

3. Woman walks through the smog that covers Beijing

In Beijing particle pollution is 40x the International Safety Standard.

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Photo Credit: Kyodo News

China is trying to do something about the problem in terms of creating long-term sustainable commitments to the environment. For instance, in 2010 China was ranked as the leading investor in low-carbon energy technology.

Even though Chinese leaders are vowing to change and look after the planet’s interests, it’s going to be difficult with such rapid expansion, especially considering how bad China’s pollution problems remain.