This past week in Beijing, China air pollution levels reached levels of “hazardous and beyond index.” This is not only a problem in Beijing. Across the country there are several cities with dangerously high air pollution levels. Experts credit this to the colder winter that has led to more coal being burned. Even before the spikes this winter China has regularly had air quality well below the World Health Organization’s standards. This has had serious health implications for China’s citizens. Experts believe this will lead to millions of deaths.
Much of China’s air pollution is due to industrialization, which in China is rapidly growing. This industrialization has had serious positive effects for China’s economy which is growing faster than most other comparable countries, but at what cost? This model is not sustainable as the years of ignoring health codes for the sake of the economy will catch up with China’s citizens in the years to come. Source: The Economist