Reduce Air Pollution

Air pollution is a severe problem – one that has serious impacts on our health and our economy. According to a recent World Health Organization study, nine out of ten of people worldwide breath polluted air. Toxic air pollution particles lodge themselves deep in our lungs and enter our bloodstreams – with serious health effects.

Of particular concern is PM2.5 (particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than 2.5 μm) air pollution. In 2017, average PM2.5 concentrations in Beijing exceeded World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines by nearly sixfold, and by almost fourfold in Shanghai. In the 338 cities for which monitoring data is available, average PM2.5 concentrations amounted to 4.3 times the WHO guideline. This means higher health risks to the cardiovascular system, cerebrovascular system and an increase in the probability of cancer and premature death.

Ozone (03) is also a major concern in China. Levels of this invisible particule, which causes lung damage, symptoms in asthma patients, and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, are on the rise. Average ozone exposure in China rose 17% between 2014 and 2017, an increase which caused an estimated 12,000 premature deaths per year.

The good news is that China’s massive shift from coal power to renewable energy is already underway – and is key to ensuring further air quality improvements.

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

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So what happened with China's pollution in 2015?

Blog entry by Dong Liansai | 2016-01-20 1 comment

Greenpeace East Asia has released its City Rankings for 2015   following one of the worst winters on record. Data from 366 cities across China was collected and analysed and ranked by pollution levels.    What a year for smog...

Greenpeace City Rankings 2015 Summary

Publication | 2016-01-20 at 10:00

Greenpeace East Asia’s 2015 annual city rankings show that average PM2.5 concentration in 189 cities around China fell by 10% compared to 2014 levels. However, 80% of a set of 366 cities in China still fail to meet the national standard on air...

Greenpeace: China saw average PM2.5 levels fall by 10% in 2015, but 80% of cities...

Press release | 2016-01-20 at 10:00

Beijing, 20 January 2016 - Greenpeace East Asia’s 2015 annual city rankings show that average PM2.5 concentration in 189 cities around China fell by 10% compared to 2014 levels. However, 80% of a set of 366 cities in China still fail to meet the...

Friday Five: Beijing Smog and Big Tech

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-01-15

Friday round-up highlighting the news and commentary of the week: Meet the companies cashing in on china’s pollution crisis [Global Risk Insights] China’s out of control smog problem is fast becoming viewed as a business...

Greenpeace reaction to the Beijing government’s issuing of a severe pollution red alert

Press release | 2015-12-08 at 12:28

Beijing, December 8, 2015 – Greenpeace East Asia notes the positive step the Beijing city government has taken in issuing a red alert for severe pollution (defined as a period when AQI is over 200 and predicted to last more than 3 days), a move...

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