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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Only wishful blue skies for Beijing's tourists

Image | 2012-09-03 at 9:30

If only the sky was blue like in the fake backdrop on the left side of this photo, rather than the polluted, grey skies behind it! Last week Beijing's air was particularly polluted, with levels at the 300 mark, indicating severe levels of pollution.

Clearing the air between China and the US

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-06-28 2 comments

Fresh, drinking water, safe food and clean air. We should be able to take these simple necessities in life for granted.  But for those living in Beijing and many other Chinese cities, clean air is far from a given. Check out the...

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...

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