Air pollution in China affects the health of citizens of China and other countries of the world.
The People’s Republic of China accounts for the largest share of greenhouse gas and mercury emissions in the world. Dangerous air pollution threatens the health of the Chinese population, as well as global health systems and the global economy.
According to the results of a study recently published in The Lancet, in 2017, about 1.24 million people died in China due to air pollution. The number of people who have died in China due to dirty air since 2000 exceeds 30 million, according to the New Scientist magazine.
“The economy of the Chinese Communist Party is largely built on disregard for the quality of air, soil and water resources,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in August. “The Chinese people – and the whole world-deserve more.”
Since 2006, China has accounted for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the world, and their volume continues to grow. Carbon dioxide emissions associated with the activities of the energy sector in China increased by more than 80 percent from 2005 to 2019, while emissions from the American energy sector decreased by more than 15 percent over the same period, according to the International Energy Agency.
Despite the fact that Chinese President Xi Jinping recently promised to ensure carbon neutrality by 2060, he did not speak about specific measures to achieve this goal. According to media reports, the country continues to work on the construction of coal-fired power plants, the largest source of carbon dioxide in the air.
The Chinese Communist Party’s continued destruction of the environment threatens the global economy and global health, but has the worst impact on its own people. The world deserves better.
The Chinese Communist Party continues to destroy nature, creating a threat to the global economy and health, but primarily affecting the lives of its own citizens. The world deserves more.
- Secretary of State Pompeo, November 4, 2020.
The Chinese industrial sector is also the world’s largest source of mercury pollution, a dangerous neurotoxin.
The publication of data on the state of the environment can lead to an improvement in air quality in the long term. However, the CCP’s harsh measures taken on the territory of the country include restrictions on media freedom. They inhibit positive changes that could reduce emissions and protect the environment.
The American Embassy in Beijing began monitoring the air quality in the city in 2008. The disclosure of this information and the scientific exchange with the US Environmental Protection Agency led to stricter requirements for monitoring air quality in China and to its improvement.
American embassies and consulates monitor air pollution in more than 70 cities around the world and publish real-time data in the ZephAir mobile application, recently launched by the State Department. The app provides reliable data on air quality and helps citizens around the world to protect themselves from air pollution, an important cause of death.