In neighbourhoods bordering China's largest cities, streams and rivers are polluted with industrial wastes and clean drinking water is hard to find.
Photos by Marie-Claire Holmes, 2005
China's rapid economic growth has produced impressive cityscapes, but contributed to hazardous environmental pollutants.
Al Gore is my hero. If you haven't yet seen the powerful film An Inconvenient Truth or read Gore's book An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It, I urge you to do so. As Gore says, what's happening to our environment "is not a political issue, it's a moral one. Our future is at stake."
You can read the transcript of Gore's impassioned appearance June 13 on CNN's Larry King Live here.