As most of you know, China has one of the worst ozone pollution levels in the country due to many factors – including the high population, high number of factories, and many coal mines. I decided to take a look at the Air Quality Index of Beijing today and it is noted as being 172 and that means “Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects” according to this website. I then decided to see the Air Quality Index of Boston, MA and their level is only 25, meaning that “Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk”. Seeing this comparison, you can truly see how extreme the conditions are over in China when compared to the US.
The high pollution levels have led China to officially declare a war on pollution! The vice minister of China’s Environmental Protection Agency says that 96% of China’s cities that were monitored in 2013, failed for the environmental standards the country had set. Having spent more than $49 billion dollars to protect the environment in 2013, the money is most likely to increase in order to protect the health of the population and protect the environment. Not only have the extreme pollution and smog effected China, but the extreme cases have even started to affect their neighboring countries, like Japan and South Korea.
To start making improvements, the country will be raising fines for violating environmental standards and making sure that polluters pay the price, and also start developing anti-smog drones as well as artificial rain. The anti smog drone is created to spray chemicals that freeze pollutants, making them fall to the ground.
China has had some scary scenarios from the result of the pollution levels, in some cases cities were forced to shut down highways due to high levels of smog causing the pollution levels to reach a threatening level of more than two dozen times the level considered safe. Some schools have even been forced to shut down and refrain from outdoor activities due to dangerous breathing conditions. Many residents have been buying second homes in cites with cleaner air in order to escape the dangerous pollution levels.
Hopefully the plans that China has to improve the air quality and smog levels will make a difference so their residents don’t have to deal with such hazardous conditions to their health. I’ll be keeping an eye out for any more news that I find regarding this subject and I’ll keep you posted how their plans work out! Thanks for reading 🙂