Sunday, May 20, 2007

No, That's Not Gatorade

It's a collection of water samples from Chinese rivers.

What does water pollution in China have to do with you?

Water pollution is a result of textile dyes (from clothing), paper (from paper products), fertilizers (from growing food), metal processing (from making metal products), all of which are sold to those of us not in China.

Water polluion is an absolute classic negative externality. The cost of cleaning up the pollution is not included in the cheap good that you bought at Wal-Mart. The cost, I fear, is felt by the people of China who can't use their own water. And, frankly, are being poisoned by their own water. But it's not just industry that pollutes China's rivers. The Yellow River, the second longest in China, is 10% sewage.

Thus speaks the Paranoid Harpy of Doom. Again.