Air Pollution in Beijing
The Republic of China has been infamous for a while for its role in pollution. Despite the economic growth that it has managed to attain over the last thirty years, the country has also been marked for excessive air pollution. The extent of China’s pollution is further evidenced by the possession of 16 out of 20 cities across the globe, which document the worst level of air pollution. Presently, Beijing has been established as a major metropolis as far as conditions associated with this type of pollution are concerned. In fact, the city has been ranked as the first among other cities located across the world for exhibiting the most polluted level of air pollution (“Before the Flood”).
Causative factors such as the production or emission of coal within neighboring locations, exhaust fumes from the city’s five million vehicles, and dust storms derived from the local and north construction dust are responsible for the massive degree of air pollution in the city. Nonetheless, the extent of the city’s air pollution is associated with its negative implications, especially on health. Accordingly, the repercussions of the respective anomaly involve illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, lung disease, bronchitis, and cancer (Haynie). Apart from the effects on health that Beijing’s population suffers, the city has been marked for the number of people that have died as an outcome of the present conditions.
provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that over 1 million
people have died from the effects of the polluted air in 2012 alone (Vaughan). In
an effort to restrict such destructive effects, recommendations are inclined
towards the adoption of alternative or renewable sources of power rather than
reliance on coal and fossil fuels. The implementation of the respective
strategy may prove instrumental in decreasing the level of air pollution in
“Before the Flood.” WatchDocumentaries.com, 22 July 2017, watchdocumentaries.com/before-the-flood/.
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Vaughan, Adam. “China Tops WHO List for Deadly Outdoor Air Pollution.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 27 Sept. 2016, www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/27/more-than-million-died-due-air-pollution-china-one-year.