Over the past weekend, China’s air pollution reached the highest on record, reaching a level of 465 out of 500. [query: what is this scale?] As these levels generate serious health concerns, it has also become a major topic of discussion for the country’s newest leaders. As the levels rose, residents were advised to stay indoors while industrial activity was curtailed. This deterioration of China’s air quality has been a direct result of the country’s growing economy in the past thirty years. This concern has become a major obstacle for the new Communist leader, Xi Jinping, in his hopes to create a “better environment” for China. The leader was notified by the U.S. Embassy that these levels were more than 25 times the average in America.
While officials state that they plan to address these issues, they have delayed the vote for tighter emission standards twice already. As the new leadership takes over, the hope is that regulations can be made to keep pollution down during a time of serious growth in the Chinese economy. Because Beijing has not been one of China’s 10 most polluted cities, there is fear that this [the pollution? or limiting the pollution?] will create serious harm across the country.