Population, Development and Pollution
That development and pollution go hand in hand cannot be disputed
How to protect the ecological environment of the river while further developing it is a long-term concern for officials of China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, who have hosted a series of international conferences in recent years to discuss economic development and pollution-control on the Lancang-Mekong River.
INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION - JERAD
Water pollution of the Yangtze River basin is very serious. Studies have shown that from the upper to the lower river, the water volume decreases and development and pollution increase, especially in trans-boundary areas. The Yangtze Estuary is located at the intersection of Jiangsu Province and Shanghai where the waters flow directly into the East China Sea. The estuary provides drinking water to many people and serves multiple other functions, including agricultural irrigation, tourism, and aquaculture. It plays a pivotal role in the local social and economic development and in people’s general wellbeing. Directly or indirectly, the pollution of the aquatic environment in the estuary negatively affects the socio-economic function of the estuary and neighboring areas.