SLIDESHOW China Diaries: Part Two

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The Color of Pollution

I was warned, "Roll up the windows! Don't get out of the car." We are driving through an enormous asbestos mining facility. The sun is hidden behind a sea of grey debris. Asbestos is used in thousands of products in China - to fireproof ceilings, tiles and beams as well as to insulate pipes, broilers and walls. The rest is exported for international use. I had never seen anything like this mine before. The environment and every living thing in it were completely annihilated.