domingo, 15 de septiembre de 2013

Extensive listening: The dirtiest place on the planet

Linfen, located in the Shanxi Province, is one of the mining centres that have been central to China's rapid economic growth.

It is an endless landscape of factories and smoking towers, which is constantly emptied by thousands of trucks, taking its coal to the rest of China's cities.

Linfen is the dark side of China's economic miracle. Not only is the air toxic, but the water is so polluted that many towns in the area have been called 'Cancer Towns'. But for the 4 million inhabitants of Linfen, it was only 20 years ago that their city was nicknamed 'The fruit and flower town of Shanxi Province'.

The environmental impact of coal exploitation has destroyed the environment and with no way back the people of Linfen are paying a high price for China's economic progress.

Watch here the first part of this documentary from JourneyMan TV. You will find a variety of native and non-native English accents together with a few subtitled segments, although you can also activate the CC YouTube subtitles, which give an accurate transcription of everything being said. You can also find the transcript here.

You can watch the second part of the documentary here.