The World’s Toxic Waste Dump

The German weekly Der Spiegel has a fantastic article on the environmental train wreck that is China. Some alarming statistics: at least 350 Chinese die each day from industrial accidents (the true figure is probably much higher); more than 360 million Chinese have no access to clean drinking water; and 400,000 people die prematurely each year because of pollution. Meanwhile, over at Robert Scheer’s new site, Orville Schell has a smart piece debating whether environmental problems will really end up derailing China’s rapid growth.