Photo Essay: For China’s Polluting Factories, a Change of Address
Breakneck economic development has turned China into one of the most polluted places on Earth, and the country’s ceramics industry is hardly blame free. In the ceramics capital of Foshan, entire factories that produce everything from glazed sculptures to porcelain tiles have been relocated in an effort to clear the air.
Ceramics on the march: China has an esteemed tradition of ceramics that dates back at least 11,000 years. Today, however, the ceramics industry, famed for producing fine China, has been causing environmental problems, resulting in the relocation of some factories. Here a ceramic army stands on guard at the 43rd general assembly of the International Academy of Ceramics in Xian, Shaanxi province, on Sept. 11.
Photo: China Photos/Getty Images
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