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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8 must-know facts about China's air pollution crisis

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2013-02-07 2 comments

1.  In 2009 China burned nearly half of the world's coal , and coal accounts for nearly 70% of China's energy mix. 2. Cities in China’s Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region suffered over 100 hazy...

Empowering the public to end China's air pollution crisis

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2013-01-17 2 comments

Air pollution in China's capital city of Beijing reached record levels over the weekend. According to the U.S. Embassy twitter @ BeijingAir , at 8pm on Saturday PM 2.5 readings surged to 886 µg/m3, exceeding the Environmental...

Just another smoggy day in Beijing

Image gallery | 2013-01-16

The real driver behind China’s push to curb coal consumption

Blog entry by Iris Cheng | 2013-01-10

This piece was originally published on Greenpeace International, December 20, 2012. Can you imagine wearing an industrial filter mask for the next 20 years, every time you walk out the door to protect you from air pollution ? ...

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