Jan 29 2013

 

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When I was in China over five years ago never have I witness worse pollution. Beijing at the time was almost impossible to breath the air was so heavy with pollutants. The Yangtze River was so brown and dirty there was hardy a bird to be seen because of the polluted waters. Recently, Beijing recorded some of the highest levels of air pollution ever seen not only in China but the world.

The environmental destruction and pollution is literally killing hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens. Cancer, especially lung cancer, has become the leading cause of death in People's Republic. Deaths caused by this environmental disaster are escalating each year.

China is literally choking its citizens to death.

The Los Angeles Times reports on a recent pollution episode in mid-January:

"A prolonged spell of air pollution across a large area of China has led to the cancellation of flights and sporting activities and the closure of highways, factories and construction sites.

From Beijing to Guiyang, 1,400 miles to the southwest, the thick soup of pollution led the Chinese government to urge people to "avoid outdoor activities," and Beijing education authorities to cancel school gym classes.

As an emergency measure, the Beijing Environmental Protection Ministry announced Sunday that factories and construction sites had agreed to reduce or stop work entirely until the air cleared up.

The U.S. embassy in Beijing on Saturday night recorded fine particulate matter at 886 micrograms per cubic meter, the highest since monitoring began in 2007. The air quality index ranking of 755 was also far off the charts, which consider 300 to 500 to be “hazardous.” While in the past the Chinese government has criticized the embassy for scaremongering, their own monitors over the weekend gave readings that were also dire, showing pollution as hazardous in 33 cities.

"The air pollution is unprecedented. This is the first time in China’s history we have seen it this bad,’’ said Zhao Zhangyuan of the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences."

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