Some time ago, two photos depicting the evolution of Shanghai after China's economic reforms went viral. The first one represents the Shanghai of 1990 and the other shows the Shanghai of 2010, a city that, in just two decades, was touching the clouds with its skyscrapers.
There is no doubt that economic growth was rapid. However, there have been significant environmental and human health costs for the Asian country. Just last week, they set an air quality alert in the city, categorizing it as “moderately polluted”. The city’s residents had no alternative but to wait for the the winds to shift and clear most of the pollutants.