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China's Pollution Busters - China

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Published on Dec 10, 2007

Nov 2007
In the past six years, infant birth defects in China have increased by an unprecedented 40%. This rise is being blamed on pollution from factories. Now green campaigners are taking on the multinationals.
"The untreated waste is pumped out secretly at night", states activist Wu Deng Ming, pointing at a water outlet leading from a factory into a river. "People living along the river have enlarged livers", claims one local. They suffer from: "loss of appetite or cancer and all sorts of terminal diseases". Although strong laws governing pollution exist, these are regularly flouted. "Some local officials give protection to polluters", claims Ma Jun. In an attempt to put pressure on polluters, campaigners are naming and shaming guilty companies online. "We let people know that this company, with such a popular brand, is violated waste water discharge standards". There are also signs that central government is taking the problem more seriously. "The state is very serious about environmental problems", states official Zhou Linbo. Some factories have been closed down. But strong resistance to change still exists. "Polluting factories hire hooligans to deal with people they believe will damage their reputation", claims Wu Deng Ming. Other companies threaten to relocate to Vietnam or Indonesia where; "we can still discharge more of less freely".

Produced by SBS/Dateline
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

Comments • 237

bitterboi31
This why I never buy any food products and if possibly other manufactured products from China.  No regulations, take advantage of poor, Chinese, and government corruption.
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Cedrik Thibert
Those factories are just a bunch of thugs.
maxracer tejada
let's all boycott Chinese products!
john perry Moore
seems to me there are a lot of Chinese pussies. How many billion.. yet you cant rid yourselves of tyrants? Truthm. Chinese women are by far stronger than Chinese men..
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allgoo19
Free market is working perfectly. Right? When people die, they won't buy anything, so the factories go out of business, so the pollution will stop, right?
detroitmetro101
the republican plan for the environment, coming to a subdivision near you.
FJBRDALLAS
We in the west benefit from this oppressed labor and trashing of the environment. We want cheap crap, but nothing comes for free as you can see in this video. Eventually, greed will destroy humanity. 
KickingAssGuy
The fuck you talking about the west this is east asia china with their 1 300 000 000 population not to mention india 1 000 000 000 population leave the west alone geez! 
Tom Cat
Don't worry. It is not only the river. Most of China is polluted and it is too late...No fish in the liver so what?
ShtiffleSauce
actually the managers get managed by the government
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