In a sobering photography series, documentary photographer Souvid Datta captures the ways Chinese pollution impacts people. China: The Human Price of Pollution looks at the shocking toll and life-threatening consequences rapid growth is having on the population.
Current estimates have 3.5 million deaths being caused by Chinese pollution each year. Whether it's from drinking unsanitary water, breathing in contaminated air or lung cancer in factory workers, the human cost is staggering. Rates of disease in rural 'cancer villages' located near chemical, pharmaceutical and power plants are five times the national average. No longer able to ignore the issue, the national government is trying to respond by allocating $350 billion to fix air and water contamination and waging war on Chinese pollution.