An estimated 15,000 industries actively release effluent into the Matanza-Riachuelo river basin, which runs through the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. A 2008 study found that soil on the banks of the river contained levels of zinc, lead, copper, nickel and chromium that were all above recommended values. About 60% of the 20,000 people who reside near the river basin live in territory that has been deemed unsuitable for human habitation, leading to higher levels of diarrheal diseases, respiratory illnesses and cancer. It doesn’t help that residents have few sources of drinking water, leaving them dependent on the polluted river. The problem is improving, however, thanks in part to a billion-dollar World Bank-funded effort.
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....