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.

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

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Greenpeace Southeast Asia energy campaigners

Image | 2005-04-21 at 6:00

Greenpeace Southeast Asia energy campaigners hold up a banner calling for a stop to the construction of a coal fired power plant in Rayong province on Thailand's eastern seaboard. Greenpeace activists occupied the site of the power plant and hung...

Hongkongers demand accurate API

Press release | 2005-02-24 at 7:00

A Greenpeace commissioned opinion poll released today on Hong Kong's chronic air pollution shows that the majority of Hong Kong people think that the city's daily Air Pollution Index (API) is inaccurate. The survey also finds that over 80 per...

Response to Policy Address 2005

Press release | 2005-01-12 at 7:00

Greenpeace described the environmental protection policies anounced in the Chief Executive's 2005 Policy Address as "weak and conservative" and called into question the motivation of the SAR government in tackling Hong Kong's environmental problems.

Smog in Hong Kong

Image | 2004-10-20 at 6:00

Smog in Hong Kong

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