Lead blood concentrations in Kabwe have been found at levels 60% higher than the amount considered fatal, a result of contamination from decades of unsafe lead mining in the region. Mining, processing and smelting of lead was largely unregulated throughout the 20th century, leading to intense amounts of the toxic metal settling in the soils around Kabwe. Though the main mine has been closed, artisanal mining still occurs in tailing piles in the city, worsening the problem. Lead blood concentrations in Kabwe have been found in excess of 200 ug/dl—higher than the 120 ug/dl levels that can be fatal. Some progress is being made, however, thanks to a $26 million remediation program carried out between 2003 and 2011.
These are some of the evidence of the negative impact of industrialization, that is why environmental compliance is important. Industries should be responsible for their waste: to protect the stakeholders, the business itself, and the environment.
If you'd like to see a more visual account of Agbobogbloshie, Ghana take a look at the project I started earlier this year which dives into the work and lifestyle of the children who work there.
Perhaps it is because China has made "progress" by outsourcing pollution to other developing countries just as developed countries have outsourced it to China?
@xiaochensu surely!... it is a beautiful country....