Reduce Air Pollution

Air pollution is a severe problem – one that has serious impacts on our health and our economy. According to a recent World Health Organization study, nine out of ten of people worldwide breath polluted air. Toxic air pollution particles lodge themselves deep in our lungs and enter our bloodstreams – with serious health effects.

Of particular concern is PM2.5 (particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than 2.5 μm) air pollution. In 2017, average PM2.5 concentrations in Beijing exceeded World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines by nearly sixfold, and by almost fourfold in Shanghai. In the 338 cities for which monitoring data is available, average PM2.5 concentrations amounted to 4.3 times the WHO guideline. This means higher health risks to the cardiovascular system, cerebrovascular system and an increase in the probability of cancer and premature death.

Ozone (03) is also a major concern in China. Levels of this invisible particule, which causes lung damage, symptoms in asthma patients, and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, are on the rise. Average ozone exposure in China rose 17% between 2014 and 2017, an increase which caused an estimated 12,000 premature deaths per year.

The good news is that China’s massive shift from coal power to renewable energy is already underway – and is key to ensuring further air quality improvements.

Greenpeace is one of the leading NGOs working on campaigns to reduce sources of air pollution in China.

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Searching for Everyday Blue: An Opportunity Missed

Blog entry by Dong Liansai | 2015-09-02

As Beijing experiences the glory of a double, back-to-back round of temporary blue skies – “Athletics World Championship Blue” and “Parade Blue” – the Chinese government has revised the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the...

China begins the long march to Paris

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2015-07-01

In the politics of climate change, it doesn't get much bigger than this. The world’s biggest emitter last night announced how it intends to reduce its carbon emission beyond 2020.  China has  joined 41 other nations to unveil  its...

85% of heavy industry in Hebei, Jiangsu exceeding emissions cap - Greenpeace

Press release | 2015-04-24 at 10:00

Beijing, 24 April 2015 - Up to 85% of heavy industry in two of China’s most polluted provinces, Jiangsu and Hebei, are illegally exceeding emissions caps set out in the central government’s first Air Pollution Action Plan, according to analysis...

New data shows Beijing air pollution improving, but rest of China still suffering -...

Press release | 2015-04-21 at 10:00

Beijing, 21 April 2015 – A Greenpeace East Asia analysis of air pollution data from 360 Chinese cities reveals that air quality in coastal regions and cities such as Beijing has modestly improved in the last 12 months. The analysis is based on an...

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