While the summer Olympic games showcased an impressive side of China, it appears there is another side that is hardly deserving of a medal ceremony. This, according to Derek Scissors of the Heritage Foundation, who notes that despite the noteworthy economic growth of the Land of the Dragon, the nation’s environment is suffering from a number of serious ailments. Chief among them is air pollution, as Chinese cities account for the majority of the 20 worst urban air environments in the world. 40 percent of the nation also suffers from unclean drinking water, and spending on environmental protection accounts for a mere 1 percent of its hefty GDP. Such figures may earn China a sort of Olympic record it won’t be proud of.

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