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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Coal-to-gas project investigation report

Publication | 2014-11-24 at 17:14

In an effort to deal with air pollution and make up for insufficient natural gas supplies in the east, China has been pushing a coal-to-gas program that has been fraught with debate because of the pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that...

Tracing back the smog

Publication | 2013-12-02 at 15:30

Greenpeace has been co-operating with a team from the University of Leeds, UK, led by Dr. Dabo Guan, with the aim to study PM2.5 sources and control strategies in Jingjinji, since the end of 2012. This project report is the first of its kind to...

Thirsty Coal 2

Publication | 2013-07-23 at 3:00

Our investigation has revealed that Shenhua’s Coal-to-Liquid Project went to extraordinary lengths to secure water supply for its operations, and has found alarming evidence of widespread ecological and social damage, resulting from the short...

The health impacts of coal power plants located in Shandong, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia

Publication | 2013-07-16 at 8:00 1 comment

In June, Greenpeace released modeling results of an investigation into health impacts from coal power plants in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei. Now we are expanding this work by releasing data for Shandong, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia. Greenpeace has...

The health impacts of coal power plants located in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei

Publication | 2013-07-16 at 5:00 1 comment

Beijing and the Jingjinji region have a major air pollution problem that reached emergency proportions in winter 2012-2013. One of the key contributors to the problem is the very large amount of coal burning in the region, and power generation is...

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