Air pollution is killing 1.6 million people annually. That is nearly 17% of all deaths in China, according to latest Berkeley Earth study
China’s economy has grown rapidly over the years but at the cost of their people’s health. Factories and industries are emitting pollution at hazardous level.
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According to a recent study, air pollution is killing a startling 1.6 million people in China each year. That is an average 4,000 people a day and nearly 17% of all deaths in China. Previously, air pollution was contributing 1.2 million deaths annually.
The main single source of air pollution is coal, which is mostly used for getting fuel in China. According to National Energy Administration, preciously 64% of the fuel is obtained through coal. The biggest source of pollution in the country is northeast region, from Shanghai to Beijing. 92% people experienced more than 120 hours of polluted air. 38% population of China is living in the area which is “Unhealthy” per US Environmental Protection Agency.
“It is a very big number,” said Robert Rohde, the lead author of the study from Berkeley Earth. “It’s hard to wrap around your mind in numbers. Some of the worst is to the southwest of Beijing.”
Tiny particle known as particulate matter (PM) are especially causing a lot of deaths. It results in cardiorespiratory disease and comes from sources like electric power plants, industries, automobiles, biomass burning and the use fossil fuels. The highest levels of particulate were noticed in South of Beijing but they are spread throughout the center of China. Air pollution gets even worst in winters when more coal is burnt for heating homes and working areas. Southern Coastal area has a noticeably better air quality due to heavy rainfall, according to study.
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The Chinese authorities have adopted Ambient Air Quality standard and a national air reporting system to monitor air quality throughout the country. The country is spending billions on clean energy projects as well and is so far the biggest market of wind and solar plants.