China

Recent studies show the smog is the most common cause of death in China.

The authorities, however, fail each and every year to find efficient solutions to this alarming issue.

In 2013, Nanjing University analyzed over three million deaths from 74 Chinese cities.

The horrifying results show that 31,8% of these deaths are strongly linked to pollution.

In the big cities, like Hebei, from Beijing’s periphery, the pollution is at its highest level.

Social inequalities

South California University professor Matthew Kahn explains why the pollution level is important when it comes to the differences between poor and wealthy.

The rich live in cleaner areas of the city, they drive their cars to work, they stay in offices and they also have better doctors.

Many members of these communities own a country house and acquire quality air filters.

The Chinese metropolis risks to become the story of two different worlds in one city.

A place in which the rich and the poor are not even breathing the same air.

As reported by their government, the authorities will invest $2,7 billion in technology meant to decrease the pollution level.

Although the strategy seems quite promising, the results will not show up that quick.

A massive part of the money will be used to replace coals with pure energy, to close or modernize old plants and to remove from the circulation 300.000 old vehicles.

Last week, 20 cities are on ‘red alert’ and Beijing reported an ‘orange code’ of pollution.

China is fighting with this problem for decades and it’s an effect of China’s fast industrialization, which started in the 50’s.

The situation is so critical that the impact of the pollution is the equivalent of 40 smoked cigarettes a day.

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