China won’t stop polluting

Beijing air pollution

Bring your own oxygen tank if you plan to visit China in the next 15 years. In a recent air-pollution test conducted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection only 8 out of the 74 cities that were tested met the national standard. The consequences of China’s massive economic and population growth have now begun to reveal themselves. The migration of rural populations to the city to scoop up urban-industrial jobs is only fueling the fire of foreign investment by western nations. Although the country declared a war on “air pollution”, Biejing still has 93 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic meter, three times the national standard. Hopefully the growth of China’s environmental sector will help the cloudy nation develop a few solutions to combat the filthy air and its consequences.

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