DE: While China's economy and standards of living are growing at unprecedented rates, a large problem looms in the country's future. Though the nation holds 20% of the world population, it has only 6% of the world's drinking water. This is largely due to lack of environmental restrictions where many companies and factories dump toxic waste directly into rivers. In fact, the Yangtze River, the nation's most important water source, now flows blood red as a result of industrial pollution. Coupled with drought in the agricultural sector, lack of food and water can prove to be disastrous in the future. China must begin implementing environmental laws to protect their nation, even if it is at the expense of economic growth.
Via Seth Dixon