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China surpasses the United States as the world's largest producer of household garbage.


2009, August 12


The New York Times reports that China's landfills have at most another five years before they are full to overflowing. To solve the trash problem, China has turned to incinerators. However there are no national standards and some incinerators, especially in poorer inland areas, are producing massive pollution. Scientiest at the University of Washington and the Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill., have estimated that a sixth of the mercury deposited on North American water bodies comes from Asia, particularly China.


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