Economic prosperity often brings with it enviromental destruction. It certainly seems to do so in China.

Chinese Water Pollution

Polluted water in Songhua River reaches Harbin. CDIC/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

Children fish in a polluted river covered with algae in Hefei. Jianan Yu/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

Child swims in polluted reservoir in Pingba. CDIC/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

A fisherman jumps from his boat to the bank after the morning fishing at a polluted river in Hefei. Jianan Yu/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

A man swims in a polluted canal in the centre of Beijing. David Gray/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

Dead fish are seen floating on a polluted river in Hefei. Jianan Yu/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

A resident washes clothes in a polluted pond in Xiangfan. Stringer Shanghai/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

Labourers work to drain sewage water from a leaked sewage tank at a copper mine in Shanghang, Fujian province. Stringer China/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

Fishermen clean up oil at an oil spill site near Dalian Port, Liaoning province. Sheng Li/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

A woman walks on a bridge over a polluted river at a suburban area of Wenzhou, in Zhejiang province February 18, 2011. China is now the world's second largest economy, but hundreds of millions of its people still rely on fouled water that will cost billions of dollars to clean. Growing cities, overuse of fertilisers, and factories that heedlessly dump wastewater have degraded China's water supplies to the extent that half the nation's rivers and lakes are severely polluted. Carlos Barria/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

A boy swims in the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao. China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

A journalist takes a sample of the red polluted water in the Jianhe River in Luoyang. China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

A worker looks at a photographer from a door of a factory manufacturing screws and nuts next to a polluted river in Jiaxing. Stringer China/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

A fisherman fills his cupped palms with water from the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei. Stringer Shanghai/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province. Jianan Yu/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

A dead fish floats in water filled with blue-green algae at the East Lake in Wuhan. Darley Shen/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

A worker walks past coking kilns at a coking plant on the outskirts of Changzhi. Stringer Shanghai/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

A boy sits in a pile of algae as his friend runs at a beach in Qingdao, Shandong province in this July 6, 2008 file photo. Dumping iron dust in the seas or placing smoke and mirrors in the sky to dim the sun could help a world struggling to curb global warming, according to backers of extreme technologies. Nir Elias/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

A child drinks water near a stream in Fuyuan county. Stringer Shanghai/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

Dead fish are seen at a pond on the outskirts of Wuhan. Stringer Shanghai/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

Workers clean up floating garbage on the Yangtze Rive near the Three Gorges reservoir in Fengjie County of China's Chongqing municipality. China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

Gnats, or small biting flies, gather on railings along the East Lake in Wuhan, Hubei province.. Stringer Shanghai/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

Fishermen walk through the muddy bottom of a polluted canal collecting fish in central Beijing. David Gray/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

A man sits atop a drain as he fishes at a polluted canal in central Beijing. David Gray/REUTERS

Chinese Water Pollution

Pipes coming from a rare earth smelting plant spew polluted water into a vast tailings dam near Xinguang Village, located on the outskirts of the city of Baotou in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. David Gray/REUTERS

Feb 22, 2013