Smoke from these old industrial factories darkens the sky, gasping for heavy trucks rushes to the potholes-filled streets. Prostitutes wait for truckers in dull brick houses. The Zhurong Steel Factory rustled beside the Yellow River. I am currently experiencing life at the speed of 15 wtf’s an hour shirt. A few hundred meters away, on a piece of land in the village called the Red Star, the second unit, people are cooking cabbages for the winter. “We could not breathe,” they said. “We all have problems with our lungs.
The factory pays the village 80,000 yuan (10,000 euros a year) as compensation for polluted air. The farmers used that money to buy water from the Yellow River, but they used it to irrigate their fields.