Contaminated Water and Soil is a Global Problem – Part 6/6


The CIA Factbook says of Russia’s ‘Environment – current issues’ that “air pollution from heavy industry, emissions of coal-fired electric plants, and transportation in major cities; industrial, municipal, and agricultural pollution of inland waterways and seacoasts; deforestation; soil erosion; soil contamination from improper application of agricultural chemicals; scattered areas of sometimes intense radioactive contamination; groundwater contamination from toxic waste; urban solid waste management; abandoned stocks of obsolete pesticides”

Toxic Dzerjinsk

The CIA says Russia’s land area covers 16,377,742 sq km. Arable land covers 7.17% of that area while permanent crops cover only 0.11%  with irrigated land covering 43,460 square km.

As one of the most polluted cities in the world, “Dzerzhinsk, Russia’s toxic groundwater contamination  has reduced the average life expectancy to 42 for men and 47 for women.” Source: World Resource Institute

Pollution says says, “An area of Karabache, Russia, where soil has been poisoned by high concentrations of lead, arsenic, nickel, cobalt, and cadmium.”

The City That Kills It’s People

Wikipedia says of Russia’s environment and water, “While Russia possesses vast mineral and energy wealth, this does not come without some price both to Russia and to the greater globe. Particularly, oil and gas extraction exacts a heavy cost to the health of the land and people. Drilling waste water, mud, and sludges are accumulated, annual volumes have been estimated at 1.7 million tons of chemical reagents contaminating 25 million cubic meters of topsoil.”

Crude Oil Pollution Exposure Kills Whole Families with Cancer in Russia

Country says, “Russia devotes about 10 percent of its land to agriculture, but land quality is declining. Erosion carries away as much as 1.5 billion tons of topsoil every year. In the past twenty-five years, Russia’s arable land area has decreased by an estimated 33 million hectares, with much of that loss attributable to poor land management. Experts fear that agricultural land management may deteriorate further under Russia’s new land privatization as individual farmers try to squeeze short-term profit from their new property

“In Russia an estimated 74 million hectares of agricultural land have been contaminated by industrial toxic agents, pesticides, and agricultural chemicals. Considerable land also is lost in the extraction of mineral resources. Unauthorized dumping of hazardous industrial, chemical, and household waste takes land out of production. Flooding is a problem near the Caspian Sea and in Stavropol’ Territory, where the construction of reservoirs has removed land from use.”


This comment was originally posted at Discovering Intellectual Dishonesty – Part 6 on January 31 at 23:34 by an anonymous reader called Bosshard.

Deceit upon deceit?

Dear author, what we find most annoying in the behavior of others are those same behaviors of which we are equally guilty. You appear to dislike: lies, half truths and manipulation.

Regarding water-

You have much to learn.  Boiling water is good for killing bacteria and the like but does nothing to stave off the ill effects of heavy metals like copper, lead and the like. According to the BBC, at least 10% of all Chinese land is contaminated with heavy metals, which are not rendered inert by boiling. Thus, boiling water in China does no good when these elements are present.

When you made your comment, were you engaging in ““willful deception and a refusal to play by the rules?” when you state that boiling Chinese water is an anti-dote?

And an aside, do you personally drink the same water as the folks in Guizhou or Gansu, or do you purchase bottled water, a thing many of them cannot do?

As for your forgone conclusion that the need for water is greater than that of religion, I would disagree. Freedom of religion is paramount to many souls, just ask the Tibetans who will take their own lives in order to achieve such an end. If I were forced to give up my religion for water, I would not do so.

Please do not pretend to know the mind of the masses when yours may not be as open as you may believe.

This site has much information, but the author, like the Jesuits of old appears to have conjured up a China that he wishes us to believe in. The brutal reality of the communist regime  and havoc it brings to its people can best be understood by reading books like Empire of Lies, The Beijing Consensus, Poorly Made in China, The Party, and a host of others.

I will not return to this comment nor website but would like to offer this question:

If you have lived in China, and all of your readers, then you truly know the truth of this place. And if you truly know the truth of this place, then do you think it’s right to knowingly deceive the people about it?

God bless and keep all His children safe and informed.


Note from Blog Host: And when China announced that 10% of its agricultural land was contaminated with heavy metals and the CCP plans to do something about it, the critics (such as Bosshard) condemn and criticize.  It is a shame!


Return to Contaminated Water and Soil is a Global Problem – Part 5 or start with Part 1


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5 Responses to Contaminated Water and Soil is a Global Problem – Part 6/6

  1. tamera says:

    Great Site, Continue the great job. Thanks.

  2. Do not deceive says:

    You never addressed his comment. He said that you were wrong? Bosshard said that due to the contaminants in chinas water, boiling it did no good.
    You never addressed this issue, so as he mentioned, you still engage in willful deception by shifting the focus to Russia.
    His comment was about your error regarding Chinese water…period.
    He also asked if you drank boiled water, and said he disagrees with your contention that water is more important than religion.
    I agree with him.
    But I wonder why you do not address his points.
    To wit:
    1Based on facts you agree to, contaminants in Chinese water are all not removed by boiling
    2Do you boil your water from the tap or drink bottled
    3 religion is the biggest part in the lives of many, would you agree
    All of these are addressed to you, not Russia,, nor the USA nor anyplace else.
    Try to practice what you preach and admit you were wrong.

    Also your appeal to emotion, which you supposedly do not employ in debate, was obvious when you said that critics condemn and criticize when the “ccp plans to do something about it….”
    His post never criticized the ccp action regarding water. He criticized you in three points I just articulated.
    You shoul apologize to the readers for misleading them in this instance.
    Regarding the subject matter, he criticized your judgement.
    His criticism of the communist regime goes unexplained except for the word ‘havoc’ , thus you cannot understand what his qualms are.
    If you reply to my comment, please stay on point. There are three questions only.

    • I don’t enjoy debating faceless phantoms that hide behind an anonymous ID.

      Therefore, I’m replying to faceless IP address (the source of the comment I’m replying too), which is located in Beijing, China at Latitude 39.9289 and Longitude 116.3883. This anonymous commenter uses China Unicom Beijing province network for his or her ISP.

      You digress IP I was not wrong and I will not apologize. The topic of the original post that Bosshard commented on was about which country was doing a better job supplying water to its people: China or India. It’s obvious, regardless of the heavy metals that have been found in several of Chain’s rivers and lakes (not all of them), that China was doing a better job since India is doing nothing to supply water to its people, and all of their rivers in India are contaminated but not all of the rivers in China are contaminated. In addition, most of the polluted water in China comes from industries that are violating China’s environmental laws, which when passed, were all but ignored by those industries in other provinces upstream.

      It is a fact, that China is known as the factory floor of the world and contracts with foreign suppliers around the world constrain factories in China from raising prices to deal with pollution so those factories cheat by dumping contaminants in rivers in spite of China’s environmental laws. If a Chinese factory doesn’t meet the prices its American or European client are willing to pay, the client goes elsewhere even to countries such as Vietnam.

      Therefore, the managers of state owned and/or private owned industries along the Pearl, Yangtze and Yellow rivers often violate their nation’s laws by dumping contaminates in the water just as state and private owned industries have done in the US to save money and boost profits, which is what the post about America pointed out.

      One source that was quoted in the series said that most of the contaminated soil in China was probably contaminated from the soot from burning coal. Most of China’s energy comes from coal burning power plants and most of China’s rural poor (about 800 million people—more than twice the population of the US) heat their homes and cook their meals burning coal.

      However, it should be pointed out that in China, most or all of the older, dirtier coal burning power plants has been replaced with more up-to-date cleaner burning coal power plants while in the United States few of the old power plants have been shut down yet although current laws on the books have a timeline for this to be done. Meanwhile, lobbyists for the coal burning power plant industry in the US work hard in Washington D.C. to have these laws watered down or overturned due to fear of lost profits from that industry.

      This wasn’t a discussion about religion. I will not be suckered into a religious debate when the topic was about water in China. Just because an anonymous commenter known as IP throws out questions to divert the topic from its purpose, does not mean I will answer them. The series of posts on this topic of contaminated water and soil speaks for itself and says that China is not alone with this problem and that some countries are worse off and at one time before the US started to clean up (a job that is not done yet), it was the most contaminated country in the world.

      If you read the entire series, you would know that the water that my family drinks at home in the United States is distilled. We do not drink the tap water.

      After reading the disturbing facts about tap water quality in the US years ago, I bought a distiller from Sears and have used it ever since.

      If you read this series, you would know that tests show water in rivers and lakes in America’s northeast is all contaminated with heavy metals.

      In addition, although I didn’t mention this in the series, reports in the San Francisco Chronicle have pointed out that river and bay water in the Bay Area is heavily contaminated with prescribed medicines because many people flush their unused medications down the toilet and from there they flow into the rivers and bays. Due to this, there have been warnings not to eat fish caught in the SF bay.

      In fact, Bosshard (and his Western media sources) deceived readers when he/they claimed 10% of China’s land area was contaminated with heavy metals when the reports coming out of China from its government said 10% of agricultural land, which is less than 10% of the total land area.

      • To IP,

        When we read Bosshard’s original comment, which follows every post in this six part series, the question should be, “Who is being deceitful and attempting to manipulate the emotions of readers?”

        When Bosshard starts his missive with “Deceit upon Deceit?” this assumes (even with the question mark) that I deliberately left out the facts about heavy metal contamination in China’s water, which by the way exists in the US and all industrialized nations and is a global problem and the topic of this series of posts.

        In fact, when I framed my comment on the original post on which country was doing more to supply water to its people, India or China, I wasn’t thinking of heavy metals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other pollution in the drinking water. I was only thinking of what can kill a person faster, which is the diarrhea one gets from drinking bacteria tainted water that hasn’t been boiled or not having any water at all.

        Was I engaged in “willful deception” as Bosshard alludes? No!

        Another topic might be which country, India vs. China, is making an effort to clean up its water and soil, and that answer would also be China since India is making no effort at all and China has already put long-term plans in motion.

        Then Bosshard ends his comment with a phrase to stir the emotions of all God loving religious people. He writes, “God bless and keep all His Children safe and informed.”

        As far as we know, Bosshard might be a secularist or atheist and he only uses such phrases to stir emotions, which worked when one reader left a comment pointing out that Bosshard wrote, “God bless”. In fact, anyone can say “God bless” but that doesn’t tell us what type of spiritual person they are.

        As far as we know, Bosshard could be one of the “false prophets” the Bible warns us of.

        “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Mathews 7:15)

        In addition, Christ said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7)

        Since Bosshard appears to live in the San Francisco area, I suspect he is an American and since America has water and soil polluted with heavy metals in addition to pesticides, a host of other chemicals, chemical fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, etc., it is safe to say that Bosshard has no right to cast stones at China without pointing out that America also has heavy metals in its water. Instead, Bosshard isolates China as if judging her separate from the rest of the world’s nations when an international list shows that China is ranked thirteen or fourteen with a dozen countries that have more polluted water than China does.

        Let us not forget that the Lord warned that we should not take or use His Name in vain as if we are speaking for Him. (Exodus 20:7)

        I say, “May God bless all that are worthy of His blessings, but only He will decide who earns His blessings — Not someone called Bosshard or another anonymous individual in Beijing using IP to send his or her comments and judgments.”

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