What do you think happens when we buy asian gadgets on amazon with same day delivery, mindless pollution, from the first step to the last.
Go out, and look at the streets, hundreds of cars with (90% of the time) a single person in it. Moving 2 tons of steel for a 80 kilos meatbag, now that's efficiency. We could almost ignore that if it wasn't releasing toxic gases straight in the worst place possible: the exact place where most of us live.
What about importing bananas and mango from the other side of the globe ?
How come I can buy Evian water in the US; are we really shipping water from Europe to America ?
Meat at every meal, well meat is good so why not, plus it's cheap now that we mass produce it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_meat_p...
And the list goes on forever, but who cares, convenience is king, as long as it's cheap.
And then you witness that half of the bananas delivered to your office every week ends up in the trash because they're too ripe, but yeah, the ship that moved them from latin america to europe was efficient, no biggie.
Just like half of the cheap, low quality things imported from asia that breaks after a few weeks (basically 70% of amazon inventory)
You can take personal steps to reduce your footprint sure, but as long as the leaders play their "economical growth at all cost" game we're doomed to fail.
Given their reputation of being farming, IT/call centers, and chemical/plastic factories as opposed to heavy industrial China - granted both are more nuanced than the stereotypes because they are nations of over a billion and a third each. If you ask about them having a non-fictional industry the answer is probably yes.
Reason is i am not seeing other big cities like shanghai/Bombay etc. which would have comparable number of automobiles but smaller cities which are known to have big factories.
Automobiles (including highly polluting two-stroke rickshaws and motorbikes), coal-fired power plants, industrial emissions, domestic cooking fires, and agricultural burn-offs.
Most of the cities in that list are just as bad as that, all year round. I can't even begin to imagine what it feels like to live like that permanently, or what it does to your health :(
Can only imagine how bad the 703 worse-ranked cities are to live in.
I feel so fortunate seeing this list. The area I live in is almost entirely blue despite being subjected to bursts of wildfire smoke in summer.
E.g., China - 100km2, India 500km2 (making up numbers), rather than list 300 cities from each country as nearly equal pollution?
In late summer, air quality drops quite a bit as the wind drops off.
We were in India in the winter, and the smell everywhere was like smoke from burning.
The top 25 (at least) most polluted countries are all firmly outside what would be considered the western world; it's obvious that the environmental byproducts of materialism and consumerism are simply outsourced to where westerners cannot readily see them. The necessary course of action for an informed and future-minded person seems blindingly obvious - allocate resources only to those corporations and systems that reject the trend of object fetishism and environmental (and social) exploitation.
The classic rebuttal to this stance (i.e., that all corporations naturally engage in this type of exploitative behavior / the standard of living of the exploited region's citizens is being raised as a byproduct of said exploitation / etc.) is ringing more and more hollow. The fact of the matter is that you don't need a new smartphone / TV / whatever nearly as often as we are conditioned to believe.
There is a strange (borderline schizophrenic) attitude that I notice among defenders of entrenched corporate systems (meaning production and consumption symbioses) wherein the defender of the system simultaneously resigns themselves to powerlessness in the face of what they claim are the inevitable (and often negative) byproducts of technological and economic growth and at the same time admit (directly or indirectly) that they willingly add to the conflagration under nothing but the threat of relatively minor social inconvenience (see: Facebook membership, ordering junk from Amazon, using Google services, etc.). It's tiring and bewildering to witness.
Your comment seems woefully ignorant of history, which is okay, but the world hasn’t _just_ existed for the last four decades.