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Qingdao, Shandong province

A boy swims in the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province July 15, 2011. (REUTERS/China Daily)

Water pollution in China

Yahoo NewsJuly 30, 2014

Growing cities, overuse of fertilizers and factory wastewater have degraded China's water supplies to the extent that half the nation's rivers and lakes are severely polluted. China aims to spend $850 billion to improve filthy water supplies over the next decade, but even such huge outlays may do little to reverse damage caused by decades of pollution and overuse in Beijing's push for rapid economic growth.

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