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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Searching for Everyday Blue: An Opportunity Missed

Blog entry by Dong Liansai | 2015-09-02

As Beijing experiences the glory of a double, back-to-back round of temporary blue skies – “Athletics World Championship Blue” and “Parade Blue” – the Chinese government has revised the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the...

China begins the long march to Paris

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2015-07-01

In the politics of climate change, it doesn't get much bigger than this. The world’s biggest emitter last night announced how it intends to reduce its carbon emission beyond 2020.  China has  joined 41 other nations to unveil  its...

85% of heavy industry in Hebei, Jiangsu exceeding emissions cap - Greenpeace

Press release | 2015-04-24 at 12:00

Beijing, 24 April 2015 - Up to 85% of heavy industry in two of China’s most polluted provinces, Jiangsu and Hebei, are illegally exceeding emissions caps set out in the central government’s first Air Pollution Action Plan, according to analysis...

New data shows Beijing air pollution improving, but rest of China still suffering -...

Press release | 2015-04-21 at 12:00

Beijing, 21 April 2015 – A Greenpeace East Asia analysis of air pollution data from 360 Chinese cities reveals that air quality in coastal regions and cities such as Beijing has modestly improved in the last 12 months. The analysis is based on an...

China’s ‘airmageddon’ could cause over 250,000 premature deaths

Press release | 2015-02-05 at 13:43

4 February 2015, Beijing - Over a quarter of a million people in some of China’s major cities could have their lives cut short because of high levels of air pollution, unless authorities get to grip with the country’s smog crisis, a new study warns.

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