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Smog in China almost 50 Times WHO Recommendations

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Published on : Nov 09, 2015

China is notorious for its greenhouse gas emissions. The issue of smog choking observed in the urban areas of China is a direct result of these greenhouse gas emissions. In order to curb the greenhouse gas emissions, China has pledged to focus increasingly on renewable energy and reduce its dependence on traditional fossil fuels for energy. Although China has shown significant investment in the renewable energy sector and boosted the production of energy from sustainable energy sources, it still has a long way to go.

The issue of smog choking still continues to be a major issue in the nation. Pictures show that residential buildings in China are shrouded in haze in urban areas. This smog level has reached hazardous level. Today, the levels of the dangerous particulates were recorded around 50 times more than World Health Organizations recommendation.

The levels of PM2.5, which are the tiny airborne particles that are considered the most hazardous to health were recorded at 860 micrograms per cubic meter in the capital of Jilin province. The WHO recommended maximum is a 24 hour mean of 25 micrograms. The government in Changchun, Jilin Province said that it was level three emergency situation and informed schools to put a halt to outdoor activities and told residents to take green transit and keep indoors.

The chronic pollution issue in China has led to hundreds of thousands of premature death and now has become a key source of popular discontent with the government. This extreme smog caused by coal powered public heating system of the China is now being switched on with the onset of the winter season and due to heavy pollution blown from other provinces. Xinhua, the official news agency said that the city’s emergency response was useless in a situation where severe haze and pollution can be seen.