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 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 ? ...

Study on premature deaths reveals health impact of PM2.5 in China

Press release | 2012-12-18 at 10:30

December 18, Beijing – An estimated 8,572 premature deaths occurred in four major Chinese cities in 2012, due to high levels of PM2.5 pollution, a joint study by Greenpeace East Asia and Peking University’s School of Public Health has concluded.

Dangerous Breathing

Publication | 2012-12-18 at 10:30 6 comments

This is a summary of a report that studies the health risks and economic loss linked to PM2.5 in four major Chinese cities, and assesses the potential public health and economic benefits given effective improvement of PM2.5 pollution control...

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.

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