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29/12/2016 13:40 EET

Παραπονιέστε για τη δουλειά σας; Δείτε αυτούς τους ανθρώπους και τις συνθήκες που εργάζονται

INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA - NOVEMBER 03:Chinese labourers walk as smoke and steam rises at a cooling pit and furnace at an unauthorized steel factory on November 3, 2016 in Inner Mongolia, China. To meet China's targets to slash emissions of carbon dioxide, authorities are pushing to shut down privately owned steel, coal, and other high-polluting factories scattered across rural areas. In many cases, factory owners say they pay informal 'fines' to local inspectors and then re-open. The enforcement comes as the future of U.S. support for the 2015 Paris Agreement is in question, leaving China poised as an unlikely leader in the international effort against climate change. U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has sent mixed signals about whether he will withdraw the U.S. from commitments to curb greenhouse gases that, according to scientists, are causing the earth's temperature to rise. Trump once declared that the concept of global warming was 'created' by China in order to hurt U.S. manufacturing. China's leadership has stated that any change in U.S. climate policy will not affect its commitment to implement the climate action plan. While the world's biggest polluter, China is also a global leader in establishing renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA - NOVEMBER 03:Chinese labourers walk as smoke and steam rises at a cooling pit and furnace at an unauthorized steel factory on November 3, 2016 in Inner Mongolia, China. To meet China's targets to slash emissions of carbon dioxide, authorities are pushing to shut down privately owned steel, coal, and other high-polluting factories scattered across rural areas. In many cases, factory owners say they pay informal 'fines' to local inspectors and then re-open. The enforcement comes as the future of U.S. support for the 2015 Paris Agreement is in question, leaving China poised as an unlikely leader in the international effort against climate change. U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has sent mixed signals about whether he will withdraw the U.S. from commitments to curb greenhouse gases that, according to scientists, are causing the earth's temperature to rise. Trump once declared that the concept of global warming was 'created' by China in order to hurt U.S. manufacturing. China's leadership has stated that any change in U.S. climate policy will not affect its commitment to implement the climate action plan. While the world's biggest polluter, China is also a global leader in establishing renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Παραπονιέστε για τη δουλειά σας; Δείτε αυτούς τους ανθρώπους και τις συνθήκες που εργάζονται

Αν και η Κίνα έχει υποσχεθεί ότι θα κλείσει τα ιδιωτικά εργοστάσια χαλυβουργίας και τα λιγνιτωρυχεία που λειτουργούν διάσπαρτα στην ύπαιθρο, πολλά από αυτά εξακολουθούν να λειτουργούν παράνομα κυρίως στην Εσωτερική Μογγολία που αποτελεί τμήμα της επικράτειας της Κίνας.

Οι συνθήκες εργασίας σε αυτά είναι εφιαλτικές, όπως και οι συνθήκες ζωής. Η μόλυνση είναι αδιανόητη και οι εργάτες είναι καλυμμένοι με ιδρώτα και μουτζούρα. Τα σωθικά τους λιώνουν σε αυτή την επίγεια κόλαση που αποτύπωσε με τη φωτογραφική του μηχανή ο φωτορεπόρτερ Kevin Frayer.

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Ποιος να ξέρει τι σκέπτεται αυτός άνδρας που δουλειά του είναι να φτυαρίζει κάρβουνο

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