eldavojohn writes: A new report from China's environment ministry has resulted in past due self realizations as well as possible explanations for "cancer villages." The term refers to villages (anywhere from 247 to 400 known villages) that have increased cancer rates due to pollution from nearby factories and industry. It revealed that many harmful chemicals that are prohibited and banned in developed nations are still found in China's water and air. Prior research has shown a direct correlation between industrialization/mining and levels of poisonous heavy metals in water. As a result, an air pollution app has grown in popularity and you can see the pollution from space. And yes, we all share the same planet. China has also released a twelve year plan for environmental protection.