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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Ever wondered what it’s like to experience China’s smog?Now you can try it in a perfume.

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-08-03

Zhang Lingling, founder of a recycling non-profit, has come up with a unique way of spreading awareness about China’s smog crisis. We’ve seen smog wedding dresses , smog mask artwork and even jewelry . Now one woman from...

30% of China’s cities see air pollution worsen compared to last spring – Greenpeace

Press release | 2016-07-21 at 12:32

Beijing, 20 July, 2016 – Air pollution data from 367 cities across China shows that PM2.5 levels worsened in close to 30% of cities in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the second quarter of 2015. First tier cities Shanghai and Guangzhou are...

Two steps forward, one step back?

Blog entry by Dong Liansai | 2016-07-20

A disheartening finding on trends in China's air pollution For at least a year now China’s air quality has been seeing-except for in a handful of western cities -continuous improvements. For the first time, I was able...

Meet Wen Fang, the artivist turning pollution masks into absurd works of art

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-06-08

Sick of feeling helpless in the face of China’s toxic air pollution plague, Beijing based artist Wen Fang set out to tackle the problem in the only way she knew how: through her art. Two years later, her photography project ‘Maskbook’...

China’s air pollution problem is heading west

Blog entry by Dong Liansai | 2016-04-20

The data is in, and at first glance it looks like good news. China’s air quality has improved overall, but much of its less developed middle and western cities have seen marked increases in PM2.5 levels. 2016 has already...

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