Reduce Air Pollution

Air pollution is a severe problem – one that we ignore at the risk of our health and our economy. Smog hangs heavy over Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, where children grow up with asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

Of particular concern is PM2.5 (particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than 2.5 μm) air pollution. In Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xi’an, PM2.5 concentration levels in all four cities exceed World Heath Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines. This means higher health risks to the cardiovascular system, cerebrovascular system and an increase in the probability of cancer and premature death.

And supposing if the four cities effectively controlled PM2.5 levels and had met WHO air quality guidelines in 2012, the number of premature deaths would have decreased by at least 81%, while the economic benefits of reducing these premature deaths in the four cities would amount to 875 million USD.

China's economy has skyrocketed, but at a price. Power plants, factories and heavy industries are all belching out black, dirty air, at the cost of our health and our environment.

Greenpeace is one of the leading NGOs working on campaigns to reduce sources of air pollution in China.

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The diplomacy of air pollution

Blog entry by Zhou Rong | 2012-06-21 1 comment

A clear day vs a smoggy day in Beijing. On June 5, World Environment Day, China’s environment ministry published its annual “ state of the environment ” report as normal. But this year, the launch attracted unusual levels of...

Revealed: Why China's air-quality readings differ from the US consulate's

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-06-07

Last month the US consulate-general in Shanghai began publishing their own set of air-quality figures in Shanghai - as they already do in Beijing and Guangzhou -- and it's angered a few Chinese ministers. At a press conference, Vice...

Stop saving face, start saving China's air quality

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-06-06

Yesterday our climate and energy campaigner Zhou Rong appeared on the BBC to talk about China's recent public displeasure over foreign embassies (uh, namely the US embassy) publishing its own set of air-quality readings. Head here to...

Chinese government comes clean on PM2.5 but offers no solutions

Blog entry by Zhou Rong | 2012-06-06

Yesterday the China Environmental Quality Communiqué 2011 was released by the State Council Information Office. This communiqué is the first official document from Beijing that contains PM2.5 figures of Chinese cities.  However,...

Good, bad and the ugly: Eastern Chinese cities ranked by air quality

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-05-25

It's no news that China's air pollution is bad. In fact if this NASA map of PM2.5 levels is anything to go by, Eastern China has it the worst in the entire world. But how come the air pollution in some Chinese cities is simply bad...

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