Air Pollution in Beijing
By Susannah Malloy
Have you heard of Beijing's bad air?
China’s capital Beijing has been dealing with air pollution issues for a long time. In 2015 Berkley Earth, a U.S non profit group published a study on this issue. According to the study 1.6 million people died early deaths in one year from air pollution related conditions in Beijing. This is equivalent to 4,400 people a day. Interestingly enough the study reported that some pollution comes from Beijing’s cars but a lot comes from factories 200 miles away from Beijing in Hebei Province. There are many contributing factors to Beijing’s air problem.
Health Affects of Beijing Air
The researchers figured out that the most dangerous components contributing to the pollution are particles that humans can consume into their lungs or bloodstream. This causes asthma, heart attacks, lung cancer, and strokes. Another fact that demonstrates the poor air quality in Beijing was reported by Richard Muller. He is the scientific director of Berkley Earth who says, “It’s as if every many, women, and child smoked 1.5 cigarettes each hour.” Just like in the nearby province Hebei there is pollution in many areas in China. The New York times reported in 2015 that, “⅜ of the Chinese population breathe air that would be rated “unhealthy” by United States standards.”
What has Beijing done?
Did you Know?
Air pollution is cited as one of the reasons many of China's newly wealthy citizens are leaving the country for the United States, Australia or other countries?
Alberta-based Vitality Air in Canada is selling and exporting bottles of "fresh clean air and oxygen" from the Rocky Mountains to Beijing.
A week before the 2008 Olympics U.S cyclists were some of the first people seen in Beijing to wear face masks? Now many people in wear them regularly to avoid breathing the polluted air.
Part of the air pollution problem in Beijing comes from the excess amount of car exhaust in the air.
Chinese citizens walking outside in terrible smog air conditions.
China During Olypics
This picture represents Beijing's air pollution before the 2008 Olympics a few weeks before it started verses the air pollution on the day before it started.
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