According to today’s WSJ (content available for subscribers only):
“just as China’s industrial might is integrating the country into the global economy, its pollution is also becoming a global concern. Among the biggest worries: the impact of China’s vast and growing power industry, mostly fueled by coal, on the buildup of mercury in the world’s water and food supply.”
“One reason China’s power industry spews out so much pollution is that under the nation’s rules, many plants have the option of paying the government annual fees rather than installing antipollution equipment.”
“Some scientists now say 30% or more of the mercury settling into U.S. ground soil and waterways comes from other countries — in particular, China.”
I am not an environmentalist, but looks like this is one of the aspects of globalization we can’t do anything about and which is quite frightening for our children, don’t you think ?