As public discontent mounts in China over the country's worsening pollution problem and the government's lack of transparency about environmental concerns, Chinese authorities have acknowledged the existence of so-called "cancer villages" in a new report this week, according to multiple media outlets.
Agence France-Presse writes that the country's environment ministry made the admission in a report about pollution in which authorities acknowledged the dangers posed to human health by the harmful chemicals -- many of which are banned in developed nations -- that are produced and consumed in large quantities in the country.
"The toxic chemicals have caused many environmental emergencies linked to water and air pollution," the report said via the BBC.
"There are even some serious cases of health and social problems, like the emergence of cancer villages in individual regions," it continued.
AFP notes, however, that the report "did not elaborate on the phenomenon."
This is why green tech needs to continue to be research and implemented as policy, both at home and through international treaties. As more nations start to be become industrialized, the world will not be able to take the strain.