What is a zone of death? It is a Science Fiction term used in a 1939 popular novel, today we use the term “Dead Zone” which is an area in the ocean void of oxygen where aquatic sea life will not survive. Our fellow species are dying and it is due to human fault. Right now in China, off the coasts of Beijing and Shanghai, there are dead zones of 280 miles and 310 miles and they are not getting any smaller.
Why is this happening? Pollution, pure and simple, urban run-off and it is everything from Toxic Chemicals to MSG, from Oil Spills to raw sewage. What is being done about this in China? Well not much, but safe it to say, don’t eat the local shell fish unless you want some serious type of cancer or disease. Chinese eat quite a bit of fish in their diets, which makes sense, but where will they get it in the future, if they keep polluting?
One species of fresh water dolphins is now extinct due their chemical run-off pollution into the river. A year or so ago, they promised to fix the raw sewage problem and claimed their sewer treatment plants were clogging due to toilet paper. Their answer, take toilet paper out of the hotels for foreign visitors and this nation wishes to host the Olympics?
Each time the pollution issues get mentioned in the media, they promise to fix the problem, but soon China will be the number one polluter of both air and water in the World. Over 750,000 Chinese die each year from toxic pollution and that number is growing. Sure China can afford to lose a million people a year and still never run out, but is that really fair for all concerned? After all, pollution does not stop at man-made lines drawn in the sand.
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